How To Maintain & Clean Outdoor Cushions

Creating a stylish, sunny outdoor space is a worthwhile effort, but it does require a certain level of maintenance.

Especially outdoor furniture needs maintenance, not just structural maintenance, because the cushion needs maintenance to prevent sun fading, and a lot of cleaning is needed to extend the life of the cushion itself. 

Why clean outdoor mats?

Despite the use of special materials, sunlight, water, and spilled beverages can cause damage to outdoor cushions. Therefore, regular cleaning and maintenance are necessary. This may sound like a tiresome process, but in reality, if you take a systematic approach, staying on top of everything is very simple.

Clean outdoor cushions frequently.

A little cleaning every day is a good idea. Here are some simple and quick tips to help you:

  • Remove dry soil and garden garbage. When the leaves fall, they should be wiped off the mat to prevent them from turning into mulch and leaving stains. Generally dirt and dust should also be brushed off, just like you would with any surface in the house.
  • Use a vacuum cleaner to suck up the cushion. If you want a more thorough cleaning, you can take the vacuum cleaner outside and quickly clean the cushion after finishing the interior decoration. It will not take long, but will really help prevent dirt accumulation.
  • Pay attention to the seams. The creases and edge seams of any outdoor cushion are prone to mold, so be sure to wipe them thoroughly regularly.

It is necessary to clean outdoor cushions on site.

  • Soak up the wet area and be careful not to wipe it dry. Rubbing will only push the stain into the fiber, making it more difficult to remove completely. Water-based spills are easier to blot, but those with oil-based spills are best coated with cornstarch before blotting.
  • Once the stain is completely absorbed, you can rinse it off with a little detergent. The key here is to make sure to use very mild soap. For example, it is best to use standard detergent or the like, or use delicate washing powder to moisturize, so as not to cause damage to the material fibers.
  • Once the soap has worked, it needs to be rinsed thoroughly. It is recommended that the outdoor cushion be air-dried naturally, so it is best to clean the entire cushion, otherwise it will leave water stains, which will be as unsightly as the original stains.