Can I remove mildew from outdoor cushions?

Can I remove mildew from outdoor cushions? Outdoor cushions are exposed to all kinds of natural wear and tear. The damp weather, humidity and fungal growth that thrive in the great outdoors pose a threat to your furniture’s longevity. So correct, regular maintenance is a must.

Do you notice a nasty smell, accompanied by black spots, on your outdoor cushions? They are harbouring mildew, a type of fungus which thrives in damp conditions. If you encounter any infected cushions, then you will be tempted to throw them away, but you should refrain from doing so as they can actually be cleaned.

Here is how you can remove mildew from outdoor cushions.

Dry them out

When you spot mildew on your cushions, the first step you should take is to thoroughly dry them, as cleaning them whilst wet will only make the fungus worse. The wetter the conditions are, the more the mildew will grow.

Bring them indoors and situate them in an area that’s warm, such as by a stove or radiator – you can also hang them on a rail or prop them up on a plant stand. If the weather is bright and warm, you can also dry the cushions out by airing them in the sun, which will also be better for keeping the musky smell out of your home.

Use acidic substances to remove the fungus

When your cushions are fully dry, you can treat the mildew growth by spraying the surfaces with full-strength vinegar and scrubbing gently with a soft cloth or sponge. This will kill off the fungus and remove any excess that has grown heavily on the cushion cover.

If you would rather use a less smelly variant, you can make a paste out of salt, lemon and water, rubbing it over the mildew patches in the same way you would the vinegar.

We think that mildew can be easily removed at home, but in the chance that your cushions are too far damaged by the fungus, you can always buy some more. Here at Cushion Factory, we stock a wide range of durable outdoor cushions for your garden, patio and backyard. Check out our website today.

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