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How to Clean Patio Furniture Cushions

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 the cushions so guests feel comfortable. Knowing how to clean your patio furniture cushions can help preserve the longevity of all your outdoor sets.  

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Step 1: Check Manufacturer's Recommendations

From natural materials like canvas to synthetic materials like vinyl or polyester, outdoor fabrics and cushions can be made of all kinds of materials. Some cushions may be machine washable, while many 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 Off Debris

If your patio furniture cushions have visible debris from mud, leaves or sand, use a stiff-bristled brush to scrub away any excess dirt. Don't scrub too hard or you may risk damaging the cushions.

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Step 3: Mix Soap and Water

Use lukewarm water that will lift stains easily, and mix it with dish soap. Avoid using water that is too hot, because it could damage your cushions.

Step 4: Spot Clean Any Visible Stains

Using a sponge and your 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.

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Step 6: Rinse the Cushions

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

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Step 7: Air Dry Your Cushions

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