Best way to dry foam couch cushions?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Red1313, Apr 9, 2010.

  1. Red1313Fishlore VIPMember

    A friend crashed at my place after a night out at the bar as a result I, ahem, decided to wash my couch cushions. With the weather I can't put them outside to dry and they're been sitting in my bathroom all day... Anyone know any good ways to speed this drying process up?
  2. gremlinWell Known MemberMember

    Take them to a laundromat and use the "big" dryers. I had to do that with my big pillows (aka dog beds) when my ceiling collapsed. Make sure you use the big dryers though and not the regular sized ones.

  3. NutterFishlore VIPMember

    So your mate did the old technicolour yawn on the cushions?? :;toast;:barf:;laughing

    Exposure to warm air would be the best way I think. Point a fan at them. Put them in a heated room with a fan pointed at them would be even better. Just don't put them directly in front of a heater of any sort please. The last thing anyone wants is for you to burn your house down.
  4. ppate1977Well Known MemberMember

    I managed a commercial cleaner when I was in college. You do need a BIG dryer. If you leave them out at room temp, you will get mildew.
  5. Nate McFinWell Known MemberMember

    I do water damage restoration for a living and I agree ppate1977. A dehumidifier would help alot as well.
    If you have a wet dry vac you can put the cushions inside of a large plastic bag and suck the air out of the bag. This will compress the cushion into a small ball and it will suck the water out of the cushion.
    Many times when the actual cushion (inside foam part) gets wet though we consider it "non salvageable"
  6. AquaristFishlore LegendMember

  7. Red1313Fishlore VIPMember

    Thanks everyone.
    They're still not dry this morning (didn't want to leave the space heater on during the night) I've moved them out of the bathroom and tried an new arrangement to see if I can direct the heater at more of them. They were soaked all the way through (wasn't a technicolor Nutter more of a housebreaking issue), and I soaked them more to wash them. Hopefully I can dry them off enough to get through the rest of the month (mildew and all if that happens). Maybe I'll have to start pricing out foam after that...
  8. AquaristFishlore LegendMember

    Kudos to you Red for not letting them drive!

    I kind of thought someone may have missed the paper LOL (sorry, I know it isn't funny).

  9. Red1313Fishlore VIPMember

    I'll bug her about it forever >:) but it was one of those times I was really glad I had latex gloves around here :p rofl
  10. gremlinWell Known MemberMember

    Foam can be expensive. You can try furniture stores though. Maybe find some secondhand cushions that are the same size and just switch out the covers?

    With that being the case, I would actually recommend rewashing them in the big washer and dryer at a laundromat. It can be difficult to clean the cushions by hand and you'll want to make sure that they are clean.

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