How To Clean And Maintain Patio Chair Cushions

No matter what steps you take to prevent it, patio furniture cushions always end up getting dirty. Since they sit outside in the weather and sun, that should come as no surprise. But it still needs to be tackled as proper cleaning and maintenance of patio chair cushions will keep them functional and looking great as long as possible.

To prepare the cushions, first untie them from your outdoor furniture and take them to the area in which you’ll be cleaning them. Shake them off to remove any loose dirt. A quick wipe down with a damp wash cloth with get rid of any dirt that didn’t come off with shaking. You should also gather the materials you need at this point so you don’t have to worry about it throughout the process. Prepare a mixture of warm water and a small amount of dish detergent for regular cleaning. If there are any set-in stains, mix two parts baking soda with one part water. This solution will help you deep clean the cushions. Bring a scrubbing brush along as well.

The first half of the process is just general cleaning. Patio cushions that have been left out a long time without cleaning will start to look slightly dingy. This will take care of that problem and totally refresh the look of the cushions. To clean a cushion’s surface, dip the brush into the mixture of water and soap. Then simply scrub the area in a circular motion until it’s clean. Make sure to get the front and back. Once you rinse the cushion, you’ll be able to see if there are any other stains that need to be taken care of.

Things to remember when you clean and maintain patio chair cushions.

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If there are, it’s time to use the paste made from water and baking soda. You’ll use this the same way you used the soapy water mixture. The only difference is that if the stain is small, you may want to use a toothbrush instead of a larger scrub brush. Work the mixture into the stain and let it sit for a few minutes. It doesn’t hurt to scrub again after letting it sit. Once you’ve done all you can to remove the stain, rinse the cushion again. Sit it somewhere warm and breezy to air dry.

There are a few other tips you can follow to make sure your cushions get the best care after cleaning. Flipping them every once in a while during the drying process will encourage them to dry faster and more evenly. Be patient and wait to put them back until they’re completely dry. You will have to replace your patio chair cushions eventually, but cleaning them regularly will ensure that doesn’t happen for a long time.