Things to Look at When Washing Outdoor Patio Cushions and Fabric

Ian Mutuli
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Ian Mutuli

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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The spring season has finally kicked in, and it is once again time for outdoor Sunday breakfasts and brunch parties. But before you begin re-hosting those fancy breakfast dates with your favourite people, you want to make sure that the outdoor seating is guest-ready. Although you can't always toss those dirty patio covers into the washing machine, some smart cleaning tips should do the job.

 If this is your first-time cleaning patio furniture, it is natural to be double-minded. But with our comprehensive guide, we hope it gets cheesecake for you!

A Beginner’s Guide To Cleaning Patio Cushions And Fabrics

Before you hop onto cleaning your patio covers, there are a few essential things to consider. For starters, every material requires a different set of cleaning instructions to ensure its quality. The type of stain also requires detection before you get on with the cleaning process. That is why the first thing you need to do is map out the brief details about your cover fabric, stain type, and the cleaning equipment they demand. Such a thing will help you cater to the specific cleaning instructions for each cushion and fabric. Oh, and if you are fortunate to have patio cushions with removable covers on them, your work gets simpler than ever. 

What Are The Tools And Materials You Require For This Process?

Thankfully, cleaning patio cushions and fabrics does not require any extravagant tools. With a few readily available tools and materials, you can amp up those patio covers without a hassling experience. An essential dishwashing liquid, sponge, fabric protector spray, and scrub brush are the primary requirements. You will also need a bucket, borax, towel, and vacuum cleaner for further cleanup. The instructions to clean these covers will be entirely convenient. So, you can do without running errands at all. With these tools and materials at hand, you will be all set to intensify the freshness of your patio covers instantly. 

How To Clean Your Patio Cushion And Fabrics?

Step1. Remove The Cushions And Follow The Instructions

Unzip your patio cushion covers. Toss them on top of one another and clean them in the machine using their tags' instructions.

Step 2. Vacuum Clean The Patio Cushions

Once the patio covers are off for cleaning, draw your attention towards the cushions. Get your vacuums cleaner and pull out any dirt, any filth you see on them. Keep in mind to be gentle during this process, which may destroy your tufted cushions. Also, watch out for any stains.

Step 3. Hand-Wash The Cushions And Dip Them In A Solution

Naturally, you cannot wash your pillows in the washing machine. So, you have to do that with bare hands. Be gentle with the upholstery attachment while you are at it. Remember to do this by creating a potential solution to clean the cushions properly. All you have to do is take 1 tbsp of dishwashing liquid in a bucket full of warm water. In case your cushions have mildew on them, use borax for this solution. Wash your pillows gently and soak them in for around fifteen minutes. If you can still detect stains on top, try to wash them using a gentle scrub.

Step 4. Use A Garden Hose

Since you do not want to use a pressure washer in this task, a garden hose will come in handy.

Step 5. Towel-Dry And Air-Dry Them

Once you wash off all the dirt from your cushions, get a towel and wrap them around your cushions. Try to towel-dry them for some time and then let them air-dry in the open.

Step 6. A Fabric Protector Comes In Handy

After you have dried your cushions, you will only be an inch away from the goal. Now, spray a fabric protector on them carefully to ensure that the quality remains intact.

What Are The Different Stain Treatments For Them? 

Oil Stain

Oil stains are standard on every patio cushion. If you indulge in regular meals in this area, you will find the cushion fabrics stained with oil. But don't worry, the fix is simple. For starters, you have to soak the excess fat with an excellent absorbing cloth. Then, apply an absorbent powder to the stain. You can use corn-starch that is readily available at home. Let it sit for a good 10 to 15 minutes. Then, scrape it off. Rinse it off with a clean cloth and let it dry in the open.

Stains Due To Bird Drops

Often, you will notice that your patio cushions had bits of food on them even when you didn't have any meal there. That is due to bird droppings that may cause your patio cushions to look dirty instantly. Initially, you need to try and remove any drops by yourself. If you find the patio cushions still dirty with stains, then move on to the next step. Make a cleaning solution with 1 tsp mild soap, 1 tsp borax, and some warm water. Try to put it in a spray bottle and spray it over the stain. Clean it with a brush and let the colour come off. Make sure you rinse it off nicely with clean water. Then, let the cleaned part dry in the open.

Mildew Stains

Use a soft brush to remove any mildew stain. You can prepare a cleaning solution using 1 part borax and four warm water parts to blot out the paint. Rinse it off carefully and let it dry in the open air. Could you make sure you are gentle with it? That will help protect the cushion quality. Thus, any further damage to the upholstery attachment can be prevented.

The Bottom Line

Cleaning outdoor patio cushions and stains is not an uphill battle at all. On following the instructions carefully, you will find those dirty covers transcended into brand-new ones in no time. So, why keep waiting? Make the most of these cleaning tips to ease your patio cleaning experience forever.

Ian Mutuli

About the author

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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