Please excuse the mess, as we are still recovering from being away from home for five weeks.
Last fall we traded in our used Ikea couch for a new Ikea couch. Moving on up, folks. We got the Ektorp sofa with the white slip cover.
I am often commended for being so courageous to have a white couch, or my friends secretly think I'm an idiot. Either way, I'm here to tell you that it is possible!
We eat most of our meals in the living room. Occasionally we sit at the table, when it's not covered in mail and boxes and yarn. Our feet are dirty most of the time. We live in an old house with wood floors, and as much as we sweep and mop it just doesn't stay clean. You would think our white couch would be all kinds of gross. Sometimes it is.
I was convinced we could do it after reading this post by Hayley at Tiny Twig. This is how I do it:
-When the couch starts to look gross I take off all of the cushion covers (there are 6) and the main slip cover which is one large piece. I was all of the cushion covers together and then larger slip cover separately. I use whatever detergent we have, I use some stain remover for those potentially tough spots, and every other time I use bleach. I wash on the regular cycle and dry normal. I have found that it's easier when the fabric is still a little damp to get the cushions into the covers and the large slip cover over the couch. I'm lazy and I wash maybe once a month. I've also considered purchasing a second cover to have on hand since they're only $50.
It's not forever couch, but for our little family (and for little, sticky hands) it's what works best for us right now.