Well, it’s not been that great a summer in terms of the weather. Chances are you have not really had maximum use out of your patio furniture. That said, there’s always next year, so it still pays to look after your outdoor furniture. Here’s one simple tip that’s worth bearing in mind:
Rules for cleaning patio cushions
When patio cushions start looking dingy, many outdoor patio furniture owners stress about how to properly clean them. Sometimes they look so bad that it seems nothing short of replacing them will do, but that’s not necessarily the case.
Remember that patio furniture cushions are made from durable fabric that is meant to stay outdoors to weather the elements, so that they can take a fair amount of rough treatment. That said, however, keep in mind that there are first line solutions that are gentler for your own personal health yet effective enough to get out the type of grime your cushions will encounter.
The best place to start is with a simple solution of white distilled vinegar and warm water. It may smell a bit funky before it dries, but it is really the easiest and least toxic way to get dirt off of your patio cushions. If this solution doesn’t seem to do it, then consider adding a few drops of dishwashing liquid to it. Rinse them off thoroughly and let them dry in the sun, flipping them to make sure that both sides get the sun penetrating them properly.
If you have neglected your patio furniture cushions for way too long, then you should consider doing something requiring a bit more elbow grease — a stiff brush. Be careful not to actually damage the material with this, but a brush can help to lift out some of the embedded dirt from your cushions. Once the dirt is lifted, you can proceed with the vinegar and/or soap solution.
Believe it or not, that’s all you need to do to keep your cushions clean. If you tend to them at least twice per season, your patio cushions should last for years to come.