As with any cushions, the better you take care of them, the longer they will last.
The outdoor all-weather fabric is treated to withstand the moisture, mildew and sun’s damaging rays. Getting the cushion wet is not a problem. When they are wet due to rain, make it a habit to shake them off real good and let them dry in the sun. It’s always better to have them dry faster rather than slower.
The water might tend to puddle where the tufts or low spots are. If they get wet inside, they will dry out in about two to three hours outside in the sun and dry air.
Extended lengths of time remaining wet can cause bacteria or mold to grow. This can be harmful and damaging to the cloth. So, dry them off when possible. The sun will dry them out and stop the progress of any bacteria growth.
When you are not using your furniture cushions and pillows for long periods of time, store them inside. If you want to keep them outside during the normal season, keep them in a dry shaded area when not being used. Following these tips will help limit the sun from fading your cushions.
You can add more protection to the cushion fabric by spraying them with 3M Schotchgard protector when you first get them or after they have been cleaned. It never hurts to use it at least once per year, especially if the cushions are used frequently.
If you take good care of your outdoor furniture cushions, they will last for many years. If you leave them outside for twelve months a year with little care, they will likely deteriorate sooner than you may expect them to last and you will find yourself needing to buy new cushions.