GOTTA KNOW: How to Properly Clean Patio Furniture
With our weather here in Austin beginning to warm back up (hopefully no more ice this winter), we’re ready to start enjoying our yards again. As you pull your patio furniture out of storage, don’t forget to give it a proper cleaning. It will last longer and will prevent any mildew problems in our humid summers.
Step 1. Brush or hose off any loose dirt.
Use a soft bristle brush, sponge, or a jet stream direct from a water hose to get soiled material off of the fabric.
Step 2. Mix the Cleaning Solution.
Mix together 2 ounces (1/4 cup) of all natural, biodegradable dish soap with 1 gallon of lukewarm water. Putting the solution in a spray bottle will make it easier to apply the soap more uniformly. We really like Seventh Generation so we know it won’t hurt any of the plants or grass in our yard.
Step 3. Saturate and Lightly Wash the Cushion Fabric.
While in a shaded location, spray the affected areas generously with a considerable amount of the soapy solution. Using the bristle brush or sponge, gently work the soap into the fabric where the soiled areas persist like seams and buttons and then allow the cleaning solution to soak into the cushion fabric 15 minutes.
Step 4. Rinse the Cushions.
After15 minutes, rinse the soapy residue from the cushions using a full spray or jet stream from the water hose to knock the stains right off. It may be necessary to repeat the cleaning and rinsing process if stains are still present.
Step 5. Let Cushions Air Dry.
Stand cushions on end and allow to air dry. This can take a day or two and is a very important step because the fabric and inner filling needs to completely dry before placing the cushion back onto any furniture. This will decrease the possibility of mildew growing underneath a wet cushion. The warm air or sun’s rays along with the wet environment will tend to promote subsequent mildew growth.
Step 6. Apply a Fabric Protector.
Once the cushions are completely dry, apply a fabric protector to the cushion to protect them and make them easier to clean in the future.