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We have a 1981 Catalina with the nice 70''s plaid interior cushions. We would like to clean the upholstery, and instead of scrubbing them, I was thinking of just removing the covers and tossing them into the washer. What does everyone think? Has anyone tried this? Good or bad idea?
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It sounds like you are referring to Hurculon
It was the "IN"Material of the late seventies and early eighties. I think you would be better off having them dry cleaned,herculon is a loosley woven cloth and would not do well in a washing machine.Before you take my advice talk to some of the folks where you keep your boat,and comfirm the material and if it is indeed not a washable product.
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It amazes me that a boat company would use a dry-clean-only product in their boat. Do they think it''s not going to get wet? It''s a BOAT!
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Rent a "steam" (actually hot water extraction) carpet cleaner from a rental store. They will usually have an upholstery attachment that will work well for cushions. Hot water extraction is th ebest method as you won''t soak the cushions & yet you can extract the dirt from the fabric.

Herculon is a polyolefin fabric & will clean up fine with hot water extraction...and extraction is a heck of a lot easier than pulling the cushion covers off & trying to get them back on so they look right.
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I''ve done this. Just don''t put the covers in the dyer. My covers are sunbrella and came out great. Getting the foam back in was a challenge, but after you set your fat butt on them a few times they find their old shape.
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So far this process is working great! I removed the covers and washed each one twice with Woolite on gentle cycle. This worked great. Then I bought one of those kiddie pools and filled it with water adding 1/2 cup bleach and 1/4 cup vinegar per each gallon and a half of water for soaking the foam. I let the foam soak about 10 minutes per side (I didn''t fill the pool up quite deep enough to cover the full cushion). The hardest part is wringing out the cushion. I then lay them out to dry, propping them up on anything I can find so that air can get to all 4 sides. Right now, after only wringing them out by hand, it takes about two weeks for the foam to dry. I then gave everything a quick spritz of a deodorizer and now all of the smell is gone!!!
I haven''t tried it yet, but for the next batch of foam, I am thinking of laying the foam on a tarp on the driveway, covering it with another tarp, placing a sheet of plywood over the whole mess, then driving the car over it. Hopefully this will squeeze out more water. I''ll keep you posted
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I forgot to add, I DID NOT put the covers in the dryer, I let them air dry naturally.
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