It’s fall: the leaves are changing, and there’s a hint of winter in the air. You know what that means – time to winterize the patio and clean the summer off the furniture. If you have patio furniture that has fabric and cushions, you could be wondering exactly how to go about getting those clean.
Here are some guidelines for cleaning away the elements from your outdoor furniture cushions:
The Cleaning Solution
One type of mix-it-yourself cleaner you can use for your outdoor cushions is made up of dishwashing soap, borax, and water. If you mix this up and put it in a spray bottle, you can then spray it directly on the cushions.
Spray the cushions with the cleaning solution until they are completely saturated. Make sure you get into all of the folds, around the seams, and into the zipper area. Let the cleaning solution sit for 5-10 minutes.
After the cleaner has soaked in, it’s time to wash the cushions. Use the garden hose to wash off the cleaning solution and a cloth to do any spot cleaning, or to remove any residual dirt or stains. Be sure to spray each cushion thoroughly to be sure you’ve washed away all of the cleaner.
Once the outdoor furniture cushions have been washed, prop them up on their edge to dry. You’ll need to rotate them regularly to be sure each edge and side has a chance to dry thoroughly.
Protection from the Elements
Fabric protector will help keep your cushions in good shape for next season. Spray each cushion with fabric protector and let it dry.
Does all of this sound like a lot of work? Instead of spending an entire day or weekend cleaning your outdoor furniture cushions, just call the professionals at Whitehall Carpet Cleaners. We’ll come to your home and use our professional equipment to wash, dry, and protect your cushions and your furniture so it looks great year-round. Contact us to schedule an appointment today.