Learn how to clean a linen couch, chairs and more! Whether you have Restoration Hardware furniture or linen slipcovered furniture of any brand, these tips and tricks will make your upholstery care so easy!

While linen can feel intimidating to clean and care for, it doesn’t have to be that way! Learn how to care for Restoration Hardware Belgian Linen and so much more.

A restoration hardware linen sofa with stacked baskets as side tables
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It has been quite a few years now since we took the leap and purchased several pieces of Restoration Hardware furniture.

I know some folks thought I was crazy for purchasing “white” pieces, but after giving it significant consideration, I felt confident in our decision.

We wanted timeless pieces that could transition with our style and family, so we were willing to make an investment. 

One of the most commonly asked questions I receive is how we keep our furniture so white, so I thought I’d share the details of how we clean our Restoration Hardware linen furniture.

I love RH style and have chatted about other subjects regarding their furnishings before. Be sure to read all about my love/hate relationship with this store, as well as how to seal a Restoration Hardware dining table.

A dining room with a farm table and Restoration Hardware linen chairs.

Restoration Hardware Belgian Linen

We purchased Belgian linen slipcovered sofas and dining chairs so that we could easily clean them or if worse came to worst, we could replace them.

We also eventually purchased an upholstered headboard for our master bedroom in Belgian Linen Sand. I just can’t get enough of this warm style and color!

Thankfully, to date we haven’t had to do either! I’ve been incredibly pleased with how easily they spot clean with water. We’ve spilled wine, soda, mac and cheese, had chocolate faces rub against them, etc.

While these tips work for cleaning Restoration Hardware Belgian linen, they will also help you clean any linen couches, chairs, ottomans and more!

A farm table with white linen chairs and a christmas centerpiece

I love linen so much, in every area of our home! Read all about our Linen Bedding, too.

At nearly five years, I feel like its time to clean our love seat, which gets the most use. There are no stains, but the arms are starting to look a little dingy overall. I’m a little scared to wash it in fear of the massive steam that will likely follow, so I’m going to start with a mild upholstery cleaner.

We’ve had great success using it on our deconstructed chairs, which have required routine cleanings, the fabric has been less forgiving than Belgian linen.

A living room with deconstructed Restoration Hardware linen chairs and a floral rug.

How to Clean Linen Furniture

  1. Vacuum. It keeps dust particles out of the fabric, making it appear brighter.
  2. Soak up the stain with a white cloth by blotting (don’t rub).
  3. Spot clean with distilled water and a white cloth.
  4. Use a mild soap, distilled water and a white cloth. (I was told this over the phone from one of the RH representatives.)
  5. Last Resort – Dry cleaning any linen slipcovers that can be removed.
  6. Or, machine wash on cold and hang to dry. Note that you should do all pieces in the set so that the color is consistent.

One thing to keep in mind about cleaning your Restoration Hardware furniture beyond vacuuming and spot cleaning is that doing so will remove the protective finish that we’ve come to love and appreciate.

Fabric contracts when washed and dry cleaned. Use a steamer to loosen the fabric and tug.

I can only hope that they’ll bottle it and share it with us someday, but until then, we live in our home and enjoy our furniture.

We don’t live in a museum, nor do we treat our home like one. I am not my mother’s daughter when it comes to furniture, protecting it with a blanket until company arrives.

We have been successful machine washing our linen, steaming and tugging to loosen the fibers. Proceed at your own risk.

A restoration hardware linen sofa with stacked baskets as side tables

Maintaining Restoration Hardware Linen

Linen will wrinkle. That’s the beauty of the natural fibers, and the joy of this casual look! Just like your linen clothes, linen sheets and more, it’s important to be aware of this trait before purchasing.

I embrace the look of linen rather than stress about steaming it. If wrinkles bother you, I’d avoid the linen fabrics because they almost always look less than perfect.

Our dining chairs are always a hot mess because the girls love hiding under them and where the fabric is tailored at the leg of the sofas, we brush past frequently and they tend to curl.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you spot clean linen?

Try a baking soda paste! As with many natural cleaning options, a little baking soda and vinegar can go a long way.
First, blot the stain to remove remaining moisture. Then add a little sprinkle of baking soda, moistening with a damp sponge. A little vinegar can help activate the stain removal, as well.

Is linen a durable fabric for a sofa?

Surprisingly, yes! While this fabric has a delicate look, it holds up beautifully to daily wear and tear.

How do you get stains out of linen furniture?

As with clothing stains, always blot, then gently rub a pasta of cleaning solution into the stain to attempt removal. For linen, try a paste of baking soda and vinegar or a basic dish soap. A mild detergent can also work wonders!

A dark dining table with Restoration Hardware Belgian linen dining chairs.

Love cleaning tips? Check out my Folex post to learn why it’s my favorite cleaning product!

If you have Restoration Hardware linen furniture, I’d love for you to share your thoughts and experiences in the comments below.

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  1. I don’t think my comment went through. I have been slipcovering my couch for years in white linen. Anyone have feedback on the washed Belgian Linen by the yard from RH? We wash ours regularly…like 3-4 times per year.

    1. We are about to purchase cloud white Belgian linen furniture from RH and thinking about the belgian washed linen as it’s less expensive. Anyone know the difference, and is the Belgian Linen worth the significant difference in price over the Washed Belgian Linen?

      1. FWIW the RH design consultant steered me clear of washed linen because we have pets. Not sure if it’s thinner as a result of washing, but I gather the technique is extra and mostly for aesthetics. The Belgian linen is their premier linen. All the performance options are acrylic with a linen look. They get close to the hand feel and is so practical. But after reading this article I’m going with my gut and getting actual Belgian linen for our new couch. A little scary but I really want the long wear and actual softness of a natural material. I think.

  2. Great post, thanks! I also have Belgium Linen in Sand for seat cushions on my dining chairs. I was considering scotchgarding them for added protection, but maybe that is unnecessary? Has anyone had any experience with scotchgarding?

  3. Hi Julie, I love the brass lantern in your dining room! I have been looking for such a lantern with no luck. Would you know who the manufacturer is of this gorgeous lantern ? Thanks so much, Barbara