A few months ago, I wrote this post out of frustration. I tried to purchase new, white slipcovers for my Ikea Ektorp furniture, and all of the covers that were available at the store and online were yellowish and dingy – definitely not white. grrrr…
Judging from the responses that I got to the post, I wasn’t the only one that was frustrated.
I still have not bought new covers (although I desperately need to!), but several of my readers have, so I thought that I’d share some of their experiences and tips to whiten the dingy slipcovers. I have no idea why Ikea started selling them this way – maybe it saves them money by eliminating an extra wash or two? Regardless of their reason – a warning would have been nice. At least include a bit of information in the packaging or washing instructions – sheesh!
If you’ve recently purchased a yellowed cover, don’t despair – you can make it bright and white.
Several readers were able to whiten their covers by simply washing them a couple of times.
Most who had success recommended OxyClean added to the wash. Chana – an awesome reader (with 5 little ones!) uses Arm and Hammer with OxyClean (OC is already in the detergent – kind of like Tide with bleach), and then adds more OxyClean. With 5 kids, I consider her my expert on white cover cleaning! She also washes them in warm water, which is something that I’ve been afraid to do because of shrinkage. (I am going to try it though – as long as I get the covers back on when they’re still a little damp! Warm water definitely cleans better.)
Her new covers turned out a beautiful sparkling white after 2 washes with her method. She sent me some pictures…
The chair in the front has a new, unwashed cover on it. You can see the difference, even though you can’t get the full idea of how blah-looking the covers are out of the box. Trust me!
Here’s the chair cover after 2 wash cycles…
You can see that the cover is now just as white as the yummy bright-white throw. She got it at TJ Maxx – I want one!
Chana is loving white and neutral spaces – I think she’s got a winner! I totally want to curl up on that rug. And those windows are killing me! So pretty.
Thank you Chana, and everyone who shared their tips regarding the Ektorp covers. You’ve all taught me so much.
Much love to you all!!!