Guide To Cleaning Garden Furniture Cushions

Easy-to-maintain garden furniture cushions come in a wide array of textures and colours. Colourfast durable fabrics that have been woven using solution-dyed acrylic fibres tend to be attractive to look at and very pleasant to touch.

The main benefit of this particular fabric is the fact that it is able to resist damage from mildew and weather elements.

Often, the cushion filings consist of a blend of polyester wrap and fast drying exterior grade foam. Some are purely made from polyester fibre. Many of the cleaning techniques applied to the cushions are not only simple but also quite affordable. Chlorine bleach comes in handy when dealing with tough stains.

The normal stains, debris, and dirt can easily get removed using the readily available cleaning agents.

Read the Instructions

You need to read the tags and labels to establish the filling content and fabric used on the garden furniture cushions. The fabrics typically tend to include vinyl, PVC-coated polyester, and solution-dyed acrylic.

Some of the cushion covers will have been secured using fabric fasteners or zippers while others are simply impossible to remove. You need to follow the instructions forwarded by the manufacturer. Where the cushions are missing tags and labels, check the information found on the manufacturer’s website.

Preventive Maintenance

You have to perform day-to-day maintenance for you to avoid dealing with complicated cleaning operations. Use a whisk broom to brush the cushion surface every once in a while. It helps to reduce the number of stains left behind by plant debris and visiting insects.

If the cushions are soaked by an unexpected shower, try turning them on their edges to reduce their drying time. For accidental spills, ensure they get sopped up immediately using a clean rag or paper towel.

Prepare a spray bottle using a solution of 1 tablespoon of borax, 1 teaspoon clear dish washing liquid soap, and 4 cups of water. Whenever you notice the appearance of a troublesome spot, ensure you use the solution to spray it immediately. You should allow the solution to soak for a minimum of fifteen minutes.

Use cold water to rinse to help you get rid of the soap residue. Place the cushions on edge for air drying purposes.

Cleaning Heavily Soiled Fabrics

With time, the garden furniture cushions are likely to become discoloured or soiled. A thorough cleaning exercise is a great way to refresh the discoloured cushions. Try and clean the cushions before you store them for winter. This is the best way to ensure that you will have a trouble-free spring start.

For cushions with irremovable covers, use a solution prepared with one gallon of water and a quarter cup clear liquid detergent to sponge their surfaces. A sponge will help you to work-in the bubbles. Use a high-pressure garden hose to remove any remaining soap.

Exercise caution when cleaning the furniture cushions. This calls for you to use bleach sparingly, and only resort to using it when stains fail to respond to mild solutions. Chlorine can weaken the fabrics when used too many times, which may cause the colours on your patterned fabrics to start becoming discoloured.

For further information or advice on our bespoke cushions and fabrics range, contact our fabrics experts at Foam and Covers on 0161 327 0121 or email any inquiries to

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