Cleaning and Cushion Protection for Your Outdoor Furniture

Imagine an exciting evening of entertaining guests by the pool on your beautiful outdoor furniture. Now imagine what might happen when you combine this beautiful furniture with a glass of wine or a steak with plenty of steak sauce on the side. This combination makes for a potential disaster when it comes to the cushions on your furniture. Knowing how to clean your outdoor furniture cushions is the best way to leave your days of stress behind and continue to entertain and enjoy your patio or garden furniture. Here are just a few tips you should know.Cleaning Synthetic RattanFortunately, the furniture itself (the frame), whether it is your chaise lounge, dining set, or sectional, made from synthetic rattan, is relatively care-free, easy to clean, and resistant to stains. This does not mean you should let your synthetic rattan furniture sit untouched, though. An occasional gentle cleaning will help it look like new.There are few different ways you can clean your resin rattan outdoor furniture.Water from a garden hose will do the trick for some messes. Remember to take the cushions off before you clean, hose your furniture off, and let it dry.
Gentle soap and water will help for many spills and dirt problems.
For stubborn dirt or dirt that is trapped in crevices, you may need to use a soft bristled tooth brush or a small furniture brush before cleaning with soap and water.
If your outdoor furniture just seems a little dusty, use a feather duster or a dry clean cloth.
An outdoor shop vacuum or hand held vac can be used to quickly pic up crumbs or weather debris.Spot Treating Garden Furniture CushionsThe cushions on your outdoor furniture may be resistant to dirt and mould, but that does not mean you won’t have to deal with the occasional threatening stain. To keep your cushions looking great for a long time, consider these solutions.Mix together some mild detergent and water to clean your cushions. Use a scrub brush to get rid of dirt and problem areas.
If your cushions are white, you may add bleach to the water and detergent mixture to get rid of stains. Read the manufacturer instructions first to make sure this is advised. Never use bleach on coloured fabric.
If the cushion covers can be removed, you may be able to wash them in the washing machine or have them dry-cleaned. Read the tag on the cushions for instructions, or contact the manufacturer.
If the unthinkable happens (the glass of wine or the steak with barbecue sauce), use a spot treatment safe for the material your cushions are created from.The Best Way to Keep Your Cushions CleanAlthough it is easy to clean your cushions, there is one way you can avoid having to clean them so often: storing them. When you purchase your outdoor furniture set, make sure to include an outdoor storage bench. This will allow you to easily store your cushions when you are not using them and will help protect them from rain, snow, and the sun, while at the same time making your deck look even more beautiful.Knowing how to clean your outdoor furniture is an important part of keeping it looking like new. You can take steps to avoid letting your furniture get dirty, but if you understand how to clean it, you’ll be prepared for the unexpected spill or mishap.

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