In general, most outdoor cushion covers can be machine washed on a gentle cycle using a mild detergent. It’s a good idea to wash them in cold water to prevent shrinking or damage to any waterproof coatings.
If the cushion covers are particularly dirty or stained, you may want to pre-treat the stains before washing. You can do this by applying a stain remover directly to the affected areas and letting it sit for a few minutes before washing.
Dos and don’t of washing outdoor cushions
5-step guide ot washing outdoor cushions
Check the Care Label
Before washing your outdoor cushions, check the care label for any specific instructions or precautions. This will help you determine the best method for washing your cushions based on the material and any special coatings or finishes.
Remove Loose Dirt and Debris
Use a soft-bristled brush or a vacuum cleaner with an upholstery attachment to remove any loose dirt, debris, or pet hair from the cushions. This will help prevent the dirt from embedding deeper into the fabric during the washing process.
Machine Wash the Cushion Covers
Machine wash the cushion covers on a gentle cycle using a mild detergent. It’s best to use cold water to prevent shrinking or damage to any waterproof coatings. If your cushions are particularly dirty or stained, pre-treat the stains with a stain remover before washing.
Rinse and Air Dry the Cushions
After washing, rinse the cushions thoroughly to remove any detergent residue. Then, air dry the cushions in a shaded area. Avoid putting the cushions in a dryer, as high heat can damage the fabric and cause shrinking.
Store the Cushions
Once the cushions are dry, store them in a dry place when not in use to prevent mold and mildew. You can also use a storage bag or container to protect the cushions from dust and debris.
FAQs washing outdoor cushions
Can I wash all types of outdoor cushions?
Most outdoor cushions can be washed, but it’s important to check the care label first to see if there are any specific instructions or precautions.
Can I put my outdoor cushions in the dryer?
No, you should avoid putting outdoor cushions in the dryer, as high heat can damage the fabric and cause shrinking.
Can I use a pressure washer to clean my outdoor cushions?
While a pressure washer can be effective at removing dirt and debris from outdoor cushions, it’s important to use caution and avoid using too much pressure, which can damage the fabric.
How can I prevent my outdoor cushions from getting dirty?
To help prevent outdoor cushions from getting dirty, you can cover them when not in use, avoid eating or drinking on them, and regularly remove any loose dirt or debris with a soft-bristled brush or vacuum cleaner.