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Old 03-24-2014, 08:04 AM   #1
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Washing Scamp upholstery?

Anybody done this? Was it a big deal? I am hoping I can throw the upholstery off my 1988 Scamp 16' in the washing machine on gentle setting and be done.

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Old 03-24-2014, 08:27 AM   #2
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We washed some ancient upholstery from our 1977 Scamp and even though it was threadbare, it survived.
The foam already had plastic on it so it was easy to get back in the fabric. Well not easy easy, but possible.

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Old 03-24-2014, 08:47 AM   #3
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I tried the spray upholstery foam on mine-then the shop vac to suck it off. It got the dust and surface stuff off but did not do a good cleaning. I still haven't got around to just throwing it all in the wash. The curtains were too stained so I just bought new from Scamp. The spray foam did work on spots on the 'rat fur' on the walls.
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Old 03-24-2014, 09:23 AM   #4
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Good info here
Putting the foam cushion back into the cushion cover
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Old 04-03-2014, 05:43 AM   #5
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Well, I washed them all. You would not believe the dirt left behind in the bottom of the washing machine after each batch. I washed them in three batches on the gentle cycle in cold water. They came out looking, feeling, and smelling very clean. Only one came apart, and that was mostly during the process of getting it off the foam. Now the fun begins, getting them back in the foam. I figure I will fight with one or two a night until I get them all done or get sick of it.
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Old 04-03-2014, 01:46 PM   #6
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refitting cushions

Hey, I recently saw a link to solving the cushion stuffing problem. I can't remember where but I bet you can find on youtube or google. You wrap in very thin trash bag or plastic film and use a vacuum cleaner nozzle to suck the air out till they're way smaller,slip back in the cover and peel away the plastic, VOILA! done. Good luck. Donna
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Old 04-03-2014, 02:12 PM   #7
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I used the dry clearer plastic and vacuum method - works well but you need two people to do it. Leave the bag on the cushions ones on they help to protect the foam from future stains etc. The original bags were still on my Scamp cushions after 16 years and the foam was clean as could be. I just purchased from my local dry cleaner some new plastic to use.

A You Tube video Shrinking Cushions for Foam shows you how to do it.
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Old 04-04-2014, 05:40 AM   #8
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I did three of the cushions last night, it was bad but not as bad as I feared. I turned them inside out but left a small pocket at the end. I inserted the foam and then rolled/tugged the cover back over the foam. It worked OK but three of them was all I felt like doing before changing to another project. I will do a couple a night until I get them all done. The one that did not survive being removed will be replaced by a new one coming from Scamp, along with a few other goodies for the old 16 footer. I am just waiting on the brown truck to bring my package from the frozen North.
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Old 04-04-2014, 10:26 PM   #9
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Now that you've cleaned your cushions you might want to consider protecting them from future soiling. Simply drape a fleece blanket (or other type) over the cushions. They serve triple purposes; they are decorative, they protect the cushions and they serve as extra blankets, when needed. See photo of my Southwest/Desert theme. This photo was staged to show off the curtains by setting up the upper bunk.
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