Quick Fix: How to Clean Your Patio Cushions
Before you send out the invites for a backyard party, it’s a good idea to make sure your outdoor furniture is ready for guests. One job to tackle is cleaning your patio cushions, which can end up with spots and stains after being out in the elements. To help get your outdoor furniture looking fresh and clean again, follow these tips for cleaning patio cushions.
Step 2: Mix the Cleaning Solution
Mix together 1 tablespoon of dishwashing liquid and ¼ cup of borax powder in a bucket of warm water, says BobVila.com.
Step 3: Soak the Cushions
Use a sponge to saturate both sides of the cushions with the cleaning solution, says BobVila.com. Remember to get the mixture into folds and creases as well — according to the DIY Network, you can use a spray bottle to apply the cleaner to the cushions. (To be sure the solution won’t cause discoloration, first test the solution on an inconspicuous area before applying it to the whole cushion.)
Let the solution soak on the cushions for about 15 minutes, says BobVila.com.
Step 4: Scrub the Tough Spots
If there are still spots on the cushions after the soak, BobVila.com recommends applying more of the solution and gently scrubbing them out with a brush.
Step 5: Rinse the Cushions
Using a garden hose, thoroughly rinse off the cushions, says Real Simple. Do not use a pressure washer for this step, as BobVila.com states this could damage the fabric.
Step 6: Dry the Cushions
Blot as much of the water as you can from the cushions using a towel, says BobVila.com. Then, stand the cushions up on an end and allow them to air-dry completely. Make sure no moisture remains before moving to the next step.
Step 7: Use Fabric Protector
Once the cushions are dry, spray each one with a fabric protector. This may make them easier to clean in the future, according to BobVila.com.
If you removed cushion covers earlier, you can now put them back on. With clean, fresh patio furniture cushions, you can now rest easy when you ask your guests to “have a seat.”
Originally published on June 15, 2016.