Cleaning Pillow Shams

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated September 1, 2014)

You would be surprised at how many people have seen pillow shams without even realizing it. The reason for this is that pillow shams and pillow cases are pretty much the same thing, except for one small difference. That difference is that a pillow sham is usually much more elaborate, and usually only used for show. Since it is more elaborate, that means that there are usually some rather specific steps that need to be taken when cleaning a pillow sham. Luckily, cleaning pillow shams isn't that difficult as long as you use one of these methods.

  • TSP. If you have never used TSP before, then you will be amazed at what it can do. Be aware that TSP is a heavy duty, multi-purpose cleaner that is available at any paint or hardware store. It is both incredibly inexpensive, and works on an unbelievable amount of surfaces. Mix the cleaner according to the manufacturer's directions, being sure to wear some rubber gloves and eye protection. Sponge the solution onto the stain, and then gently scrub with an old toothbrush. Allow it to sit for twenty minutes, and then rinse the cloth out with warm water.
  • Create your own design. This method works particularly well with markers and similar stains. While technically not cleaning the stain, you can hide it by creating your own design on the pillow sham. Incorporate the stain into a new design, and create something that is truly unique. Practice a little bit on some paper to be sure that you come up with a design that you like before you do it for real though.
  • Use dry cleaning kits. Dry cleaning kits can be especially effective in removing all kinds of stains from pillow shams. Simply follow the directions listed on the back of the box to achieve maximum effect.
  • Try naptha, or rubbing alcohol. Be very careful if you use one of these methods. The reason for that is these materials are fairly flammable (naptha is lighter fluid after all). Simply place a little bit of the solution into an eye dropper, and grab a few paper towels. Drop a couple drops of the liquid onto the stain, and then gently blot the stain away. Repeat as necessary until the stain has been removed.

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