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Home Goods Care Guide with Washing Instructions

BY: Editors | Oct 9, 2018

Can you throw that down comforter into the washing machine? Or put your knives into the dishwasher? And how exactly do you clean a leather sofa? Our home goods care guide with cleaning and washing instructions can help you figure out how to care for your household goods.  

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These are general guidelines on how to best take care of items in your bedroom, bathroom, dining room, and kitchen. For best results, please consult the item's label or instruction sheet before cleaning.

Bed and Bath Fabrics

 

Bedding
Material Cleaning Instructions
Microfiber Machine washable
Egyptian cotton Machine washable
Polyester/cotton blend Machine washable
Cotton- or Egyptian-cotton-blend (more than 50% cotton) Machine washable
Cotton Machine washable
Bamboo rayon Machine wash cold; tumble dry low
Down Comforter Dry-clean
Feather/Down Blend Comforter Dry-clean
Down Alternative Comforter Machine washable
Heavyweight Down Alternative Comforter Dry-clean
Down Pillows Dry-clean
Feather/Down Blend Pillows Dry-clean
Feather Pillows Dry-clean
Down Alternative Pillows Machine washable
Comforters with Embellishments Dry-clean
Bathmats
Material Cleaning Instructions
Polyester Machine washable
Polyester blend Machine washable
Memory foam Machine washable
Polyester/microfiber blend Machine washable
Polyester with PU foam Machine washable
Polyester fleece Machine washable
Combed cotton Machine washable
Cotton Machine washable
Microfiber Machine washable

 

Towels
Material Cleaning Instructions
Bath towels Machine wash cold; tumble dry low
Beach towels Machine wash cold; tumble dry low

Rug, Curtain, and Tabletop Fabrics

 

Area Rugs
Material Cleaning Instructions
Polypropylene Vacuum regularly
Synthetic materials Vacuum regularly
Microfiber Vacuum regularly
Wool Vacuum regularly
Polyester Vacuum regularly

 

Curtains
Material Cleaning Instructions
Polyester Machine washable
Polyester-blend (more than 50% polyester) Machine washable
Cotton-blend (more than 50% cotton) Machine washable
Linen Wash in cold delicate cycle; line dry
Kitchen and Tabletop Fabrics
Material Cleaning Instructions
Kitchen towels Machine washable
Tablecloths Machine washable
Cloth napkins Machine washable
Oven mitts and potholders Machine washable
Oven mitts and potholders with silicone Machine washable
Items with detailing such as lace, embroidery, or embellishments Hand wash

Kitchen Tools and Equipment

 

Knives, Utensils, and Cutting Boards
Material Care Instructions
Knives (any material)    Hand wash
Plastic cutting boards  Dishwasher safe
Bamboo Hand wash
Nylon Dishwasher safe
Silicone Dishwasher safe
Wood Hand wash

 

Bakeware
Material Care Instructions
Aluminum Dishwasher safe
Carbon steel Dishwasher safe
Oven liners Dishwasher safe
Stainless steel Dishwasher safe
Cookware
Material Care Instructions
Aluminum and aluminized steel Dishwasher safe
Carbon steel Dishwasher safe
Cast iron Hand wash
Copper Hand wash
Enamel on steel Dishwasher safe
Nonstick cookware Hand wash
Porcelain enamel on aluminum Dishwasher safe
Stainless steel Dishwasher safe

Tableware

 

Drink and Glassware
Material Care Instructions
Acrylic Hand wash
Bamboo Hand wash
Borosilicate glass Dishwasher safe
Ceramic Dishwasher safe
Crystal Hand wash
Glass Dishwasher safe
Plastic Hand wash
Stainless steel Dishwasher safe
Tritan plastic Hand wash
Copper mugs Hand wash
Double-walled travel mugs Dishwasher safe
Wine and shot glasses (any material) Hand wash
Flatware, Dinnerware, and Serveware
Material Care Instructions
Crystal Hand wash
Glassware Dishwasher safe
Melamine Dishwasher safe
Porcelain Hand wash
Silver Hand wash
Stainless steel Dishwasher safe

 

Storage Containers
Material Care Instructions
Glass    Dishwasher safe
Plastic Dishwasher safe
Stainless steel Dishwasher safe

 

Furniture and Upholstery

 

Furniture
Material Care Instructions
Glass    Wipe clean with glass cleaner and a soft, dry cloth
Metal Spot clean with a damp cloth and mild soap; dry thoroughly
Plastic Wipe clean with damp cloth
Wood Dust regularly; spot clean with a damp cloth and mild soap
Upholstery
Material Care Instructions
Bonded leather Wipe clean with damp cloth
Leather Wipe clean with a soft, dry cloth; treat stains with saddle soap or other leather-safe detergent
Linen Vacuum regularly; blot stains with a dry cloth; spot clean with a damp cloth
Microfiber Spot clean with a spray bottle of rubbing alcohol and soft brush; air dry
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