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How often should I wash my slipcovers?

Have you already got a Comfort Works slipcover? Or maybe are you thinking about buying a new one? Then, I’m sure you have asked yourself how often should you clean your sofa covers.

As the couch cover lovers we are, we investigated and found that the answer depends on many factors. So, this article is organized into different parts, so hopefully it will be easier for you to understand all the aspects we have evaluated to answer this question.

“How often should I wash my slipcovers?” is one of our customer’s most common questions


If you or one member of your family have allergies, then you have to take special care with the cleaning of your house. The sofa is one of those places where dust and mites accumulate easily.

If you have allergies we especially recommend you to have a leather cover on your sofa. You can clean it with a damp cloth twice a week and avoid the dust and mites.

Have you got any allergy?

Germs and bacteria

How often do you change your bedsheets? How often do you wash your towels? Well, your sofa cover also needs to be changed and washed regularly. Yes, because your couch can become a farm of dead human cells, bacteria and tiny food remnants. If you don’t believe us you can check our blog post Why you should never eat on your sofa? In it, we explain the problems with the germs in the sofas.

For example, do you know that the sofa is one of the dirtiest places in your house with 12x the amount of germs as your loo? I personally think this happens because we think that our sofa is clean and we don’t tend to wash the covers regularly.

Note: it will be a good idea to have more than one sofa cover, so you can alternate between them. And use one on your sofa while you are cleaning the other one.

Cleaning is caring!


If you have pets at home, then I’m sure you are used to dealing with pet hair around your house (well, no if you have an hairless Egyptian cat). Vacuum your sofa cover every week will be a good way to keep it clean. I’m sure that if you do this you and your pet will be happier 😉

Also, you can wash the covers in the washing machine regularly to assure that your cover is completely clean.

Vacuum your sofa every week to avoid pet’s hair


If you love decorating as much as we do, I’m sure you dream of changing your decoration every season. Well, in that case having different sofa covers in your house is the best way to change it in a fast and easy way. Change the color and fabric of your sofa, add a few cushions with new covers and you will see that your entire living room will look completely different. Also, sofa covers are way cheaper than a new sofa – totally worth it!

Decoration is the key to happiness

Final answer

We can thus safely conclude that the best way to have a clean, free of germs and beautiful sofa is to wash the covers every 3 – 6 months as a rough guideline. Generally it’s too impractical to be washing them every month or so, but if dirt gets accumulated for too long it’d be hard to clean as well. As such, it’s also recommended to do some weekly maintenance tasks like vacuum it to keep out pet hair, mites or dust.

Of course, this is a very general affirmation and it depends in the daily use of your sofa, if you have allergies, pets, etc. If you want more concrete information or you have a specific doubt for your sofa just send us an email to  or contact us through our social networks. We have accounts on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest. We will be pleased to help you!

Protect and keep your sofa clean with a slipcover

You can learn more about Comfort Works fabrics and how to take care of them here: