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How to Care For Outdoor Patio Cushions

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Outdoor patio cushions need the care to last a long time. As with any other product, the more you take care of it, the longer it will last, the better it will feel, and the better it will look.

Outdoor Patio Cushions

If your outdoor patio cushions are already trashed and need new replacement cushions, you can get custom-made outdoor patio cushions from Wicker Living. But you still want to follow this guide to ensure your investment lasts a long time and you enjoy your time on the patio.

Caring For Your Outdoor Patio Cushions

The outdoor patio cushions can be covered with many types of outdoor fabric. You might ask, can you leave outdoor cushions in the rain? Some fabrics are treated to withstand moisture, mildew, and damaging sun rays, whereas others are not. Typically, getting the cushion wet is not a problem. Leaving it wet, however, can start a problem with mold and mildew. When they are wet due to rain, make it a habit to shake them off well 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 any bacteria growth.

Store your patio cushions inside a container, inside the house, or cover the furniture when you are not using your furniture cushions and pillows for long periods.  If you want to keep them outside during the normal season, keep them in a dry, shaded area when unused.  Following these tips will help limit the sun from fading your cushions

Be careful when setting your furniture under trees. The shade is great, but the debris and potential for mold and mildew are greater.

Clean your outdoor patio cushions at least once yearly and before long storage, like over the winter. Keeping your cushions clean will extend their life and keep them looking and smelling great.

Outdoor patio cushions are easy to clean. You can use a hand-held steam cleaner or carpet cleaner with a hand-held attachment. Use carpet cleaner or just plain water. If you don’t have access to a steam cleaner, you can clean them by hand using a commercial upholstery cleaner. Don’t be afraid to rinse them off well. You can always hose them down, shake them out and let them dry in the sun. So, clean them on a hot day when the sun will help them dry.

You can add more protection to the cushion fabric by spraying them with 3M Scotchgard protector when you get them or after they have been cleaned. It never hurts to use it at least once yearly, especially if the cushions are used frequently.

Cushion Fabrics Make a Difference

You can help yourself by choosing a high-quality outdoor fabric that does not stain easily and is easy to clean if it gets dirty. Solution-dyed acrylic fabrics like Sunbrella and Outdura offer high resistivity to ultraviolet light and water. Ultraviolet light can rapidly produce fading and deterioration in many outdoor products.

Water can not penetrate the acrylic fibers, lessening the probability of damage. The colors are embedded in the yarn with inhibitors that keep the fabric looking great for many years without fading. The Sunbrella and Outdoor fabrics perform extremely well compared to most other fabric types. That’s why they are the choice of the Sunbelt.

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 expect them to last, and you will need to buy new cushions.

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