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How to Clean Patio Furniture Cushions

You've put a great deal of time and effort into creating a patio paradise worthy of your beautifully landscaped backyard. When you clean your patio furniture, you want to take special care of cushionss so your guests feel comfortable sitting on your dining chairs or outdoor chaises. Knowing how to clean your patio furniture cushions can help preserve the longevity of all your outdoor sets.


What you’ll need:

  • Stiff-bristled brush or vacuum - A brush or an upholstery attachment on a vacuum eliminates dried mud and other easily removed debris.
  • Soft sponge or cloth - This is for spot-treating stains and wiping down furniture.
  • Bucket - Use this to create your cleaning solution.
  • 1 teaspoon mild dish detergent - This will be the soap in the cleaning solution.
  • 1 quart water - Mix with soap to make the cleaning solution.
  • Garden hose - Use the garden hose to rinse off the cushion.

Step 1: Check Manufacturer's Cleaning Recommendations

Outdoor fabrics and cushions can be made of sturdy, natural materials, like canvas, or synthetic materials, like vinyl or polyester. Some patio furniture cushions may be machine washable while many others are not. It's always best to confirm how to clean outdoor furniture cushions with the company that knows the products inside and out.

Step 2: Brush Debris Off

If your patio furniture cushions have of visible debris from mud, leaves or sand, use the stiff-bristled brush to scrub all of the excess dirt. Avoid scrubbing too hard, so you don't damage the cushions.

Step 3: Mix Dish Soap and Water in the Bucket

Use lukewarm water that will lift stains easily, but avoid using water that is too hot because it could damage your furniture cushions.

Step 4: Spot-Clean Any Visible Stains

Using the sponge and dish soap solution, scrub noticeable stains until they fade.

Step 5: Wipe Down the Furniture Cushions

Squeeze as much water out of the sponge as possible before wiping down each cushion. The sponge should be lightly damp, enough to lift dust and light stains from the furniture. Let the soap sit for 10-15 minutes.

Step 6: Rinse the Cushions

Use the garden hose on a low spray setting to rinse the soapy solution.

Step 7: Air Dry Your Cushions

Stand patio furniture cushions on their edges and leave them out in the sun to air dry.