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Old 07-12-2013, 10:07 AM   #1
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Upholstery Cleaning

Has anyone unzipped and removed the stock cushion fabric and taken it to the dry cleaners? If so how did it come out? Did it shrink, fade, or otherwise become unusable? Any ill effects to the vinyl on the underside? And even more daring...has anyone had the nerve to try washing it?
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Old 07-12-2013, 10:18 AM   #2
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The first night I had my Escape and was "toasting" it, I spilled my drink all over the dinette cushion (user error as I didn't have the drop-down extension locked in place). I took out the cushion and sprayed it down in my bathtub (cushion and all). No stains from the orange juice, no ill effects.

While this doesn't speak to the Escape upholstery, I had an infestation of mice in my previous pop-up trailer. I took all the upholstery off the foam (which I had to replace at great expense) and washed it all three times (machine wash, air dry) with a lot of bleach figuring I had nothing to lose. Again, no shrinkage, no ill effects.
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Old 07-12-2013, 10:59 AM   #3
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I have washed the cushion covers in our 2008 Escape 5.0 on "delicate" in the washing machine and then air dried outside. It worked great.
The big cushions came off and reinserted easily because they had the zipper on 3 sides, the small ones needed the old garbage bag trick to reinsert to make sure they slid in and fit the corners nicely.
No ill effects to the vinyl - or the material!
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Christine, what is the "old garbage bag trick" that you mention?
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Christine, what is the "old garbage bag trick" that you mention?
Hi Karen:
Wrap the foam in a garbage bag so that it slides into the cushion cover - otherwise the foam doesn't slide and it's a bugger to get it to fit properly. Make sure the open end of the garbage bag is at the side opposite the zipper.
Once you're happy with the fit, simply slide the garbage bag out, zip it up, et voila!
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Christine, what is the "old garbage bag trick" that you mention?
I am interested in that too. I love new tips and tricks.

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Well, I'll be darned. Thanks for the great tip!
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Well, I'll be darned. Thanks for the great tip!
No problem! I found that out when I thought I'd make new cushions for the 5.0 because people kept telling me you couldn't take the covers off because you'd never get them back on again.
The instructions for the new cushions suggested using a garbage bag, so I took a chance on washing the covers and it worked like a charm!
Just as well.... I'm a lousy seamstress
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Thanks so much for sharing! That's going to come in handy one day. I love this forum! I have learned so much and I haven't even taken the first trip in my trailer yet
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Old 07-12-2013, 05:36 PM   #10
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How to replace cushion covers:



You can use a regular home carpet vacuum instead of a shop vac - works like a charm. Any plastic works as well. the best I've found is the super cheap disposable drop cloth plastic - the thinner the better. Garbage bags work too but are tougher to pull out.

Note - if you keep the open end of the plastic on the zipper side you can often give one quick hard pull before the foam re inflates and the whole piece slips right out.
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