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How to Clean Outdoor Cushions

If you’re not sure how to clean your outdoor cushions, we’re here to help. Cleaning outdoor cushions can be done in a variety of ways. When you explore our tips below, you will learn several different methods for cleaning outdoor cushions. Even though cleaning outdoor cushions can seem like a daunting task, it’s actually pretty simple. Complete the task quickly and efficiently by following these tips on how to clean to outdoor cushions:

  • Read the cushion’s label. The label may include specific instructions on how to clean the cushion or additional information (moisture resistance, UV resistance, etc.) about the cushion’s design.
  • Remove dirt and debris from the cushions with a vacuum. Vacuums have strong suction, making them capable of removing debris from the cushion seams and other hard-to-reach places.
  • After vacuuming, if small amounts of residue remain on the cushion, spot clean it. Spray a gentle cleaning solution onto the cushion and blot spots with a wet rag. Rinse with a hose, and let it air dry.
  • There’s a chance your outdoor cushion requires a more thorough cleaning. If this is the case, use a soft bristle brush to scrub the cushion with mild soap and lukewarm water. Rinse with a hose, and let it air dry.
  • It’s not uncommon for outdoor cushions to develop mold or mildew. If your cushion has mold or mildew, mix 1 cup of bleach and a quarter-cup of mild soap per gallon of water. Use a soft bristle brush and scrub down the pillow with the solution. Rinse with a hose, and let it air dry. (Read your cushion’s care guide before using bleach in order to prevent any damage.)
  • Last but not least, always let the cushions dry thoroughly before returning them to the patio furniture. No one wants to sit down on a wet cushion!

We hope you found our advice on cleaning outdoor cushions helpful. If you would like to explore additional home décor, you might like our candles, clocks, rugs or outdoor decorative pillows. Kohl’s also offers an excellent selection of patio furniture, including Adirondack chairs, glass patio tables and wicker furniture.