Depending on where you live, it’s almost time to clean those outdoor cushions and put away for the winter. Although patio cushions are designed to be more durable than indoor, they still get dirt, mold, and mildew. Cleaning and storing your cushions correctly can ensure they stay as good as new for the next year. Begin by laying the cushions out on a deck, driveway or sidewalk. Do not clean them on the grass to avoid creating mud or grass stains.
Cleaning Removable Covers
Remove cushions and brush off any dirt or debris. Always check the label and follow the manufacturer instructions. Machine wash if possible. If you can’t place them in the machine, vacuum the surface, spray the cushions with the solution and let sit for 15 minutes. Use a soft brush to scrub any stained areas. Air dry after washing.
It’s best to use a soft brush and some mild dish detergent. Mix a tablespoon of clear liquid detergent with a gallon of warm bucket. Work the bubbles into the fabric with a brush or sponge. If there is mildew, add ½ cup of Borax to your solution. For a natural cleaning method, try using vinegar to clean outdoor cushions. Add ¼ cup distilled white vinegar to 4 cups warm water and pour into a spray bottle. Always test a small area prior to cleaning with the solution. Scrub cushions and soak for 20 minutes. Rinse thoroughly to remove residue. Set cushions on edge to dry.
Got tough stains? Sprinkle baking soda all over the stain and scrub it into the cushion; using a brush would be best, but a rag can work well too. Finally, rinse the cushion down with a hose again, and leave it in the sun to dry.
Remove the Moisture
Press the moisture from your cushions using your hands, and lean them vertically against a sunny wall to fully dry. Once dry, they are ready to be stored away.
Storing Your Cushions
- You need to make sure you store them in a cool, dry environment. Humidity can damage the cushions.
- A finished basement is good option. Ideally, you want to minimize sunlight exposure, preventing UV rays from fading the fabric.
- Using a climate controlled storage unit. Our state-of-the-art facility is temperature controlled and humidity controlled.
- Plastic bins are often resealable and effective at keeping water and pests out.
- Breathable storage bags are great for high humidity areas. These will ensure that air can circulate through the cushions.
When you are ready to take your cushions out of storage, consider spraying with a fabric protector. This will help protect against dirt and stains for the new season.