How To Clean Outdoor Furniture Cushions Safely

how to clean outdoor furniture cushions

Need to get your outdoor furniture ready for use before spring? One of the major spring cleaning tasks involves cleaning outdoor cushions. If you have patio or lawn furniture, you’ll have some cushions to clean.

Depending on where you store them, your outdoor lawn cushions probably get pretty dirty over time. They constantly exposed to moisture and have the potential to accumulate lots of mildew. Fortunately, they aren’t too difficult to clean.

Before we get started, you’ll need fabric protector spray, towels, garden hose, scrub brush, dishwashing liquid, sponge, borax, warm water, vacuum and a bucket.

How to Clean Outdoor Cushions

First, you’ll want to grab all of the cushions and toss them into a pile. If they have cases, make sure to unzip all of the cases. You can run the fabric cases through the wash using the manufacturer’s recommended cleaning options.

Next, you’ll want to focus your attention on the cushions. Remove all loose dust and dirt using your vacuum with an attachment. If you have tufted cushions, be careful running your vacuum brush over the buttons, seams and crevices.

Gran a bucket of warm water and add one tablespoon of dishwashing detergent to it. If any of the cushions have mildew on them, make sure to add ¼ cup of borax to the bucket of water. Use a sponge and apply a generous amount of the cleaning solution to the cushions.

When you’re finished with that, let the solution sit on the cushions for about 15 minutes. If there are still stains or dirt marks on the cushions after they’ve finished soaking, add some more cleaning solution to them. Scrub the spots with a brush.

Use your garden hose to rinse the cushions. Make sure you don’t use a pressure washer to rinse. Go ahead and wrap the cushions up with a towel and blot the water from them. Once all of the water has been soaked up with the towels, stand the cushions upright and let them air dry.

After the cushions are finished drying, spray them with some fabric protector, which will help them to resist dirt in the future. The fabric protector will also help to protect against stains accumulated during the summer.

Make Sure To Read the Tags

Before you clean any type of fabric, you should always make sure to read the tag. It’s important to know the filling content of your patio and outdoor cushions. Some of the most common fabrics are vinyl, PVC-coated polyesters and solution-dyed acrylics.

It’s not uncommon for many cushions to have fabric fasteners or zippers. In some cases, these covers cannot be removed, so you’ll have to follow the manufacturer’s recommended instructions.

Preventive Maintenance

If you want to avoid a lengthy cleaning session, like the subject of this article, you should practice good daily maintenance for your outdoor cushions. You should brush the cushions daily with a whiskbroom. This will help prevent stains caused by plant debris and insects.

You can grab a spray bottle and fill it with 4 cups of water, 1 tablespoon of borax and 1 teaspoon of clear dishwashing liquid. Whenever you notice a spot or stain on your cushions, you can spray them with this solution, let it sit for 15 minutes and rinse with water.

Allow the cushions to air dry. If you have light colored cushions and cannot get rid of some very persistent stains, don’t be afraid to use some bleach, but you need to make sure you use it sparingly. The chlorine in bleach can alter fabric structure over time so avoid using bleach often.

Hopefully you now have a good idea of how to clean outdoor furniture cushions.