Cushions hold a special place in my heart at Eva Sonaike, for it was my love for a good cushion that ignited the creation of my company. Frustrated by the lack of luxury, African-inspired cushions that truly spoke to my aesthetic, I embarked on a journey to bring the vibrant essence of Africa into my home and yours.
For me, cushions are more than just comfortable additions to your home decor; they can bring colour and happiness to your living space and add to the character and definition of your space.
While good quality cushions are low-maintenance, a little care can go a long way in ensuring they stay clean, plump, and stylish for years to come. In this post, we will explore the art of cushion care, covering everything from distinguishing between cushions and pillows to tips on keeping them clean and pristine.
Understanding the Difference: Cushions vs. Pillows
Before delving into the specifics of cushion care, let's clarify the distinction between cushions and pillows from the outset of our cushion SOS.
The confusion between these two terms arises because they are often used interchangeably. However, it's essential to recognize the specific roles they play in our homes.
Pillows predominantly find their place on beds, serving as headrests during sleep. Whereas cushions serve a different purpose as decorative elements in various spaces, such as living rooms, bedrooms, hallways, and dining rooms. They adorn sofas, chairs, beds, and benches, enhancing the aesthetic appeal of these areas.
To further differentiate the two, consider their typical shapes and designs. Cushions are frequently square-shaped, offering a wide range of decorative styles. On the other hand, pillows are more commonly rectangular and prioritize functionality and comfort in their design and filling.
Let’s explore the 7 best practices for taking care of your cushions.
Plump Your Cushions Daily: To maintain the plumpness of your cushions, give them a daily fluff. Simply grab the cushion by its opposite corners and gently push the edges toward each other. This simple action helps redistribute the filling and keeps your cushions looking fresh.
Rotate and Reverse Your Cushion Pads: Prevent uneven wear and flattening of your cushions by periodically rotating and reversing the cushion pads. This ensures that one side doesn't wear out more quickly than the others, extending their lifespan.
Pre-Clean with a Vacuum: Weekly vacuuming is a must for keeping your cushions free of loose debris and dust. Use a vacuum cleaner with an upholstery brush attachment to gently remove dirt and prevent it from settling into the fabric. Low-suction vacuuming preserves the appearance of your cushions and prolongs their life.
Treat Stains Promptly: Accidents happen, and stains can mar the appearance of your cushions. Act swiftly by spot cleaning. Use a cloth to gently dab away any liquid and dirt. Before applying any cleaning agents, check the care label for guidance. If safe to do so, remove the cushion cover and follow the label's washing instructions using a suitable cleaning product.
Washing Your Cushion Covers: Always refer to the care instructions on the inside of your cushions to determine if they are machine washable. If so, reverse the cushion, place it in a wash bag, and use a gentle, cold cycle. Avoid using a tumble dryer, as this can cause shrinking.
Wash Separately: To prevent colour transfer or damage, wash your cushion covers separately from your clothes. Consider washing them with other home textiles, such as throws, for added convenience.
Handle with Care: When dealing with your cushions, remember to handle them gently. This includes being cautious when opening zips and avoiding pulling on any embellishments like sequins or buttons.
Caring for your cushions is a simple yet essential task that ensures they remain inviting and stylish in your home. By following these practical tips and maintaining a regular cleaning routine, you can enjoy your cushions for years to come, adding warmth, colour, and happiness to your living spaces. So, go ahead and pamper your cushions; they deserve it!
If you want more tips on how to live and colourful and happy life, download our free COLOUR GUIDE with my tips & techniques to help you introduce colour to your home with style and confidence.