How do you clean sunbrella cushions?

How do you clean sunbrella cushions?
June 4, 2022 Alleana
Sunbrella Outdoor Cushions

Sunbrella cushions are specially designed to withstand all types of weather conditions for outdoor use in your garden or on the patio. However, this does not mean they are immune to dirt. They require cleaning just like any other cushion but should not be put in a washing machine due to the risk of damaging the fabric. So how do you clean Sunbrella cushions?

Daily maintenance

There are simple daily steps you can take to upkeep your Sunbrella cushions which will stop dirt from building up after days spent on your outdoor seating. The easiest is to simply brush off any surface dirt that appears using a dry, soft brush as this will prevent the dirt from getting embedded in the fibres. Also, should you experience spillage on the Sunbrella cushion, this should be wiped up as soon as possible. Use a dry cloth and blot at the liquid instead of rubbing, which would force the substance further into the fabric and increase the chance of staining. If the spill is oil-based (like sunscreen), apply corn starch first to absorb it.

Deeper cleaning and removing stains

For a deeper, regular cleaning routine, begin by rinsing the cushion cover in clean water. Then, prepare a solution of ¼ cup mild soap per gallon of lukewarm water and use this to clean with a brush with soft bristles. Rinse it carefully to ensure all soap residue is removed and allow the fabric to air dry. Repeat this process if stains are still visible.

Mould and mildew

If stains have appeared on the cushion, this is not only unsightly but could promote mould and mildew growth. To remove mould and mildew, prepare a solution of 1 cup of bleach and ¼ cup of mild soap per gallon of water in a spray bottle. If the growth is severe, you can use slightly more bleach. Spray the whole cushion (this is to prevent water rings from forming and residue) and allow it to sit for 15 minutes, re-spraying if it looks like it is drying too quickly. Then, clean the surface area with a clean towel, sponge or very soft brush before rinsing thoroughly. Allow it to air dry.

At Cushion Factory, we can make custom outdoor cushions to suit any needs. Get in contact today by calling 1300 448 297 to find out how we can help you.

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