Begin by laying the cushions out on a deck, driveway or sidewalk. Mix a two tablespoons dish detergent and a 1/2 cup of Borax in a bucket, and fill with water . Apply the cleaning solution to the cushions using a hard-bristle brush.
Outdoor Fabric Cleaning For light overall cleaning, brush off loose dirt and rinse with water . For spot cleaning, use a sponge or soft bristle brush with a solution of 1/4 cup mild soap per gallon of water . Rinse thoroughly, air dry. We also recommend Folex® water -based stain remover for spot cleaning.
Tips to Prevent Mold and Mildew on Patio Furniture. Eliminate Moisture: Make sure that there is a positive flow of air. If your patio furniture is placed inside a sunroom or enclosed space, you may want to get a dehumidifier or have a fan blow air out of the room to reduce the amount of moisture in the room.
Wet cushions with water: Make sure cushions are attached to the furniture securely. Using just water, wet the cushion from top to bottom. Hold the pressure washer wand firmly with both hands, keeping the nozzle at least two feet from the surface. Start further out and work your way in as needed.
Create a homemade cleaning solution by mixing one cup of vinegar with a gallon of warm water. Apply the vinegar solution on the outdoor furniture with a soft brush. Let the solution sit for about ten minutes before you rinse it with water. The acidic property of the vinegar is what makes it a good natural cleaner .
Pour a 1⁄2 cup of Lysol into a gallon of hot water and use this solution to scrub your cushion . You can then rinse it off with a mixture of 1 cup lemon juice and 1 cup salt dissolved into a gallon of hot water.
Refresh faded cushions with—wait for it spray paint. Yes! You absolutely can. If you just can’t find new cushions you like, or if you don’t want to invest in new ones, you can extend the life of your current fabric with nothing more than regular spray paint right off the rack of your local hardware store.
White vinegar is a safe, natural and very effective mold and mildew killer. A study by a microbiologist at Good Housekeeping found that vinegar is 90 percent effective against mold, and 99.9 percent effective against bacteria.
A mild bleach solution removes stubborn mildew from outdoor furniture fabrics . Mix 1 tablespoon of bleach into a pint of warm water in a bucket. Dip a sponge into the solution and soak the mildewed areas, leaving the furniture to sit in the sun on a nonhumid day for 15 minutes.
Outdoor fabrics that cover your slings, chairs, and pillows are mostly weather and mildew resistant, but an occasional wash will help keep them looking their best. Machine- wash outdoor fabrics using the gentle cycle. You may want to add bleach for white items. It is best to dry them outdoors instead of dryers.
We use 1 cup of bleach and ¼ cup of Ivory to each gallon of water. Then, using a spray bottle, we soak the fabric for 20 minutes then hose off and air dry.
Outdoor fabrics, such as Sunbrella®, are moisture, mildew and fade resistant. Generally, this means if you leave the cushions uncovered during a rainstorm, the rain will bead up and roll off. Should cushions be left out in the rain, as soon as it stops, shake or wipe off excess water and let them air out a bit.
Wood Outdoor Furniture Clean and rinse your wood furniture thoroughly before winter weather sets in to prevent mold and mildew growth. Touch up the paint or apply a specialty oil or varnish designed to protect your furniture against moisture and harsh temperatures.
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.