8 Steps to Hand-Cleaning & Storing Outdoor Cushions

Outdoor patio cushionsFor you and your family, summer was a blast! It was filled with Saturday barbecues, backyard birthday parties and family gatherings. But now, we have arrived to that point in the season where the air is just a bit chillier and you’ve finally decided that it was time to store away your outdoor furniture and prepare for the winter ahead.

It is the perfect time to tackle those stained outdoor cushions. And what about storage? What is the most effective way to store your outdoor cushions during fall and winter?

Cushion Cleaning & Storage 101

How complicated can cleaning your cushions really get? Well, that depends. Not all cushions should be machined-washed. Doing so can run the risk of stretching the fabric. Not all cushion covers are removable. Some cushion filling that become too wet can get destroyed. So, first you must read the manufacturer’s label for cleaning recommendations.

It is definitely important to clean and store your outdoor cushions, but doing so can get a little tricky. Let us share with you 8 Steps to Hand-Cleaning and Storing Outdoor Cushions.

Step #1 - Mix It Up

Before you begin, it is important to prepare your cleaning solution. For this, simple warm water and dishwashing detergent will do. According to the American Cleaning Institute, this is the perfect solution to use to spot-clean acrylic, polyester and cotton fabrics. You can prepare your own solution by mixing warm water and 1 teaspoon of liquid dishwashing detergent. (Bonus Tip: for stubborn stains, mix a paste of 1 part water and 2 parts baking soda).

Step #2 - Let it Soak

Green and orange pillow setGenerously soak your cushions on both sides. Be as liberal as possible when soaking your cushions in your prepared cleaning solution—the more, the better. Then, let sit for 10-15 minutes.

Step #3 - Scrub

Vigorously scrub the front and back of your cushions in a circular motion.

Step #4 - Rinse

Rinse with clear water.

Step #5 - Air Dry

Let your cushions dry completely.

Step # 6- Apply Scotchgard™

There’s no use to going through the trouble of individually cleaning all of your outdoor cushions if you do not also take the steps to protect them from future spots and stains.

Applying Scotchgard™ is a great way to safeguard your cushions’ fabric and ensure them for years to come.

Plastic storage binsStep #7 - Bag ‘Em

Now, it’s time to store your cushions. Be sure that the fabric and fillings are completely dry. Then, store them in a fabric cushion storage box or clear plastic container.(Bonus Tip: do not store cushions outside to avoid attracting bugs and mold.)

Step #8 – Store

After your cushions are placed into proper containers, be sure to store them in a cool, dry place, such as a basement, garage or attic. St. Louis is known for incredibly humid weather, and with humidity can come mildew. We recommend that you do not store them outside to prevent mold and bugs.

Another option is to have your outdoor cushions professionally cleaned and stored. Call your Woodard Account Manager for your free cleaning estimate.

Now, you know 8 easy steps to hand-cleaning and storing your outdoor cushions!

No storage? No time? Let Woodard clean and store your outdoor cushions for you!

Whether a customer brings in or we pick up, Woodard will clean and store your outdoor cushions until they are ready to be returned or picked-up from our Content Care Center. Dropped-off cushions receive 30% off cleaning and picked-up cushions receive 15% off. We also offer stain protection, deodorization, mildewcide and UV protector for an additional charge.

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