How to wash outdoor seat covers

How to wash outdoor seat covers
February 25, 2022 Alleana
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Sun, sand, dirt, bird mess – outdoor seat covers can take a beating when they are exposed to the elements. It’s easy to keep them as fresh as when they were first purchased, but you do need to make sure you follow a few basic steps to preserve the fabric and gain maximum wear from your covers.

How to wash outdoor seat covers

It’s useful to look at what kind of dirt you’re dealing with. If the seat covers are covered in dust and dirt from the garden, a general wipe down with a damp cloth will likely remove most surface dirt. Take care not to rub at stains – this could damage the fabric. After a gentle wipe, take stock and see whether you need a deeper clean.

If the covers need more, take a look at the label for washing instructions. Some cushions can easily be put in your machine on a gentle cold wash and this should remove most stains quickly and easily. A gentle stain remover applied to any specific stains (such as bird droppings) will work wonders without rubbing. This is the easiest way to clean the covers if they do need a general refresh.

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Mould can occur with some fabrics that are not mould resistant. The best method of dealing with mould is using a diluted bleach solution on a warm sunny day. First, check your fabric is suitable for bleach cleaning. If it is, use 1 tablespoon of bleach and 1 litre of warm water mixed in a bucket, and carefully apply using a sponge soaking the areas where mould is evident and leave in the sun for 15 minutes. A word of caution: bleach can etch plastic furniture so ensure you take care with drips.

Alternately, if your fabric does not allow bleach cleaning, try the same process using white vinegar or lemon juice and leaving the fabric in the sun for 15 minutes.

For both methods, make sure you test a hidden area before you start to ensure this won’t leave marks.

Bird droppings can be particularly difficult. Gently brush off any solid droppings, and then apply a diluted dishwashing solution to the area; one teaspoon of dishwashing liquid to two cups of warm water. Use a clean white cloth to apply the solution and gently remove with more warm water. While annoying, bird droppings can be easily dealt with in this way – as if it never happened. Just ensure you don’t rub too hard and damage your fabric.

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