We get it, bringing in your cushions and pillows every time after using your outdoor space is a pain. It is a hassle and time-consuming endeavor. Worse of all, you have to find a clean place to store them!
If you live in a place with inclement weather, you also have to worry about the cushions and pillows getting wet or damaged if left out in the elements. All of these factors make it a tedious task to bring them in and out each time.
Here are the five things you should be doing to better care for your outdoor cushions:
- Clean them regularly: Outdoor cushions are exposed to the elements, so they can collect dirt, dust, and other debris. To keep them clean, it’s important to vacuum or brush them off regularly and wipe them down with a damp cloth as needed.
- Store them properly: When not in use, outdoor cushions should be stored in a dry, covered area. If possible, store them indoors or in a storage container specifically designed for outdoor cushions. This will help protect them from the elements and prolong their lifespan. Quality cushions that use outdoor materials (like Sunbrella) made for the outdoors are made to be more sun-resistant, however, all fabrics will begin to fade if left outside every day.
- Avoid leaving them out in the rain: While many outdoor cushions are designed to withstand the elements, prolonged exposure to rain can cause them to become waterlogged and damaged. If you know it’s going to rain, it’s best to bring your cushions inside or cover them with a waterproof cover. The worse thing for your cushions is getting moisture inside the foam or batting.
- Use a protectant spray: A protectant spray can help repel water and other liquids, as well as protect against UV damage. Be sure to choose a spray that is specifically designed for outdoor fabrics and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Be mindful of spills and stains: Accidents happen, but it’s important to clean up spills and stains on outdoor cushions as soon as possible. Use a mild detergent and water to spot-clean the affected area, and allow the cushion to air dry completely before using it again.
If you have any questions or need help building a cushion that should last longer outdoors, send us a message and we’ll help you out.