How to Care for and Clean Patio Furniture Cushions

With proper care and cleaning, your outdoor furniture can last through many years and seasons. While they don’t need as much maintenance or washing as indoor cushions, it’s still important to clean outdoor cushions regularly. This prevents them from becoming stained and from growing hard-to-clean mildew. Protect the investment you’ve made in your fabric patio furniture by learning the best way to care for your outdoor cushions. In this blog, you'll also learn the best way to store your patio furniture cushions during the winter to ensure that they’re fresh and ready to use the next time spring rolls around!

How to Clean Fabric Patio Furniture Cushions

The easiest way to clean the fabric covering your outdoor cushions is by removing the covers and washing them in your washing machine. This method is ideal for routine washes during the warm spring and summer months to keep your furniture looking fresh. Be sure to wash the cushion covers on the gentle cycle to prevent causing unintentional damage. You should also dry the covers on a line or lay them flat rather than putting them in your clothes dryer. Bleach can be used to brighten white fabrics. This cleaning method can be used for all kinds of outdoor fabrics in addition to your cushion covers.

Cleaning Patio Cushions with Non-Removable Covers

Some patio furniture includes cushions that are covered by fabric that isn’t removable. These cushions usually can’t be washed in a washing machine and need to be spot cleaned instead. Use a mild detergent mixed with water and a sponge to spot clean the fabric. Be sure to rinse out the cushions with clean water to remove any excess detergent. After they’ve been washed, be sure that they’ve dried thoroughly before you store them to prevent mildew from growing!

How to Properly Store Outdoor Cushions for Winter

To prevent inadvertent damage and wear and tear, it’s always best to store your patio furniture indoors during the winter. Place it in a garage or a storage shed to protect it from the elements and keep it safe and clean for the next warm weather season. If you don’t have room to store your whole outdoor sofa or chair indoors, you should at least remove the cushions and store them. Never wrap your outdoor cushions in plastic before storing them, because plastic retains moisture and provides the perfect breeding ground for mildew. Be sure to allow your outdoor pillows to breathe in storage. You can also use a patio furniture cover to protect the pieces that are left outdoors.

How to Measure Outdoor Furniture for Replacement Cushions

Even with the best of care, there comes a time when patio furniture pillows need to be replaced. You don’t want to order a new set of cushions only to find that they don’t fit your particular set of outdoor furniture. To avoid this issue, be sure to measure all of your chairs, sofas, lounges and ottomans accurately and order the correct size. Begin by measuring the width of the seat from right to left. Then, measure the length from the front to the back. Finally, find out the depth or thickness by measuring the opening in the back of the chair. Repeat these measurements on the seat back, if necessary.