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Old 07-01-2018, 09:04 PM   #1
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Hi everyone. Has anyone reupholstered their cushions? We bought our trailer last week and I thought the cushions were teal. Turns out when we took an original valence down, you could see how the fabric looks after ten years. Iíve done slip covers and other more complicated sewing. This looks like it should be easy but I donít know how the deep lengthwise crease is done.

Any advice or info on labor cost if I had them redone professionally?
See the first picture in my instagram post. https://instagram.com/p/BktjZhbltwx/
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Hi Haylee,

Yeah, those do look quite dirty. I've had cushions recovered professionally, although not for a trailer, and they are pretty expensive. Hopefully you can reuse the foam to cut down on the cost, but I would be it would bet new covers would still be around $3-500.

According to the brochure, the original cushions are "Microsuede high-density core foam w/memory foam top layer". Microfiber/microsuede does get dirty, but I don't think you can use a carpet cleaner attachment to clean them. See some instructions here. Let me know if you find any cleaning instructions on the tag:

https://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com...-safe-easy-way

I think you'd find the cushions would look a lot better with just a simple cleaning. Hopefully the fabric is somehow solvent or water safe and not vacuum only.
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Old 07-03-2018, 06:26 AM   #3
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I posted same question in a local RV Facebook group. Someone contacted me immediately and quoted $75 per piece and I supply all materials. So labor is roughly $525. She will reuse the foam, which feels ok. The fabric store has a 50% off on home dec fabrics, in a big price range. I’ll read the cleaning info post. I still haven’t made a decision on what to do beyond probable redo.
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My original plan was going to be remove the old covers and make new until I did the math. Ouch. Taking into consideration the amount of fabric, the backing needed for the ones with plywood and the zippers. There are not only zippers on the outside but on the inside where the creases are located. I decided to try and clean them. I bought the solution used in the steam cleaners for furniture. Got a bucket of sudsy water and a scrub brush. Dipped the brush, tapped off most of the water and gently brushed the cushions. Then I took an old towel and wiped them off. Let dry several days in the garage. I can live with these.

Have you considered slip covers? Like a fitted sheet, elastic around the edges to hold in place? Would be far less expensive and something you can do yourself? Could be a quick fix. They make pretty sheets, lots of fabric for the price.
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I think the microsuede material is a lot more absorbent to be soiled easier. I remember feeling what they were like when new. I would bet they'll clean up pretty well, and it's definitely worth a shot to try to clean them over having new made.

No matter what you do, don't remove the covers and wash them in your washing machine. I'm told covers like this will shrink in doing that, and it'll be nearly impossible to get them back on the foam and have them fit right. You're better off cleaning with some attachment with them still on the foam. Luckily with the sun and heat these days, they should dry quickly if put out in the sun.
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I did clean ours, bucket of sudsy water and a scrub brush. Took them into the basement, gently scrubbed them, used an old bath towel and toweled them off. Let dry for several days. Did the trick for me. Brush against then with the nap.

I discovered there are zippers inside the cushions where there are creases.. so outside AND inside zippers. Would not be a easy job to replace them unless you just did a big rectangle box of fabric. Each cushion is made of two separate pieces of foam so youíd have to join those pieces before inserting them into the cover. A layer of batting might do the trick?

Too much work for me.
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Mine are just so unevenly faded I don’t think I can make a enough of a difference cleaning. I suppose it’s worth a try though but it doesn’t work I can still have them redone.
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Hi Haylee,

I am not a sewer but was able to do mine myself. Definitely not quality work but it's okay for me. I believe you said you have done some sewing. It may be worth your while to at least try one cushion to see how it turns out. Maybe one of the smaller ones. It sounds like it can get pretty pricey to hire someone to do it.

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PS - I did not do zippers. This was my first time sewing and did not know how. So the cushions are sewn closed.
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Hello and Happy 4th. For now, I’m going to take everyone’s advice. First, I did a thorough vacuum job. I took all the cushions out and used my little Rocket with the power head and really went at them. It’s improved them and I feel better knowing I pulled any dust off them. I read the post about cleaning microsuede with alcohol but there really weren’t any areas that looked terribly soiled after the vacuum job. Next, one of you suggested living with them for the season. Excellent advice. I can do that.

Next, there cushions are tagged by the manufacturer: Page Cushion in Western PA. Maybe they still have the pattern info and I can see about replacements someday on the future, I have a call to them. It will be interesting to see what the say. I’ll post the info when I find out.
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Sounds expensive I guess I'll rule out my ideal of nice soft leather!
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Hello and Happy 4th. For now, I’m going to take everyone’s advice. First, I did a thorough vacuum job. I took all the cushions out and used my little Rocket with the power head and really went at them. It’s improved them and I feel better knowing I pulled any dust off them. I read the post about cleaning microsuede with alcohol but there really weren’t any areas that looked terribly soiled after the vacuum job. Next, one of you suggested living with them for the season. Excellent advice. I can do that.

Next, there cushions are tagged by the manufacturer: Page Cushion in Western PA. Maybe they still have the pattern info and I can see about replacements someday on the future, I have a call to them. It will be interesting to see what the say. I’ll post the info when I find out.
We've had a few members buy from Page Foam in the past, and they all say they are a great company to work with. They don't stock much old material, but since this is a solid color, they may have the original or be able to match it pretty close. It sounds like they could send you samples if you wanted to change it up too.

I recently read in the Que brochure that the interiors were designed to be interchangeable- Sunline could ship new cushion covers and valance boards to your dealer and they could swap out your interior quickly. I've never heard about this before, but with no carpet, a few cushions, and built in Euro window shades, I could see how this could be very easy to do. So hopefully Page Foam has the dimensions on hand and can make you new ones with very little trouble.

http://www.pagefoamcp.com/recreationalvehicles.html

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What an awesome alternative ! Have them send me just the sewn covers to have put on here! I wonder if they could still do that. I have an upholstery shop locally I can check price for just putting on the covers. I’ve been watching you tube videos where they put the naked foam into a dry cleaning bag and shop vac all the air out, which compressed the foam. The squished cushions are put in the sewn cover and plastic is removed. Presto change—the cushion puffs up and fills the cover.

Shipping new empty sewn covers covers has to be more affordable. I can’t wait for them to call me back.
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Hi everyone. Has anyone reupholstered their cushions? We bought our trailer last week and I thought the cushions were teal. Turns out when we took an original valence down, you could see how the fabric looks after ten years. Iíve done slip covers and other more complicated sewing. This looks like it should be easy but I donít know how the deep lengthwise crease is done.

Any advice or info on labor cost if I had them redone professionally?
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Hi Haylee,



Congratulations on your new Que. We have a Que we purchased last year. Our cushions are in great shape, but the microfiber quickly picks up the dog hair from our terriers. We buy extra long twin sheets at Walmart and cover the cushions each time we camp. This keeps the cushions in good shape and are easy to clean after a trip! It works great. We get a color that goes with the window valances. If you wish to recover your cushions, my daughter in law did hers right over the fabric. It was in good shape, not torn. She used velcro tabs. She can remove these and launder if she needs to.



How are the decals on your Que? I just ordered vinyl to redo ours.



Happy camping!
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You mentioned you ordered vinyl?

May I ask about the vinyl? Are they ready made or are you making them? We have one decal on our Que that will need to be replaced.
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