If you have made an investment in Brown Jordan’s sophisticated and elegant patio furniture, you will most certainly want to treat it with loving care in order to keep it looking as fabulous as it did the first time you used it. But since the pillows will be outdoors, I decided that first I had to waterproof them! And when you have your first barbecue, let me know. So we have to co-exist. I know that most of us hate cleaning (or have a penchant for not doing it), but ultimately love the feeling of a clean home – whether it’s an indoor or outdoor space. Mosquitoes also hate the smell of rosemary. If your pillows smell unclean, you may not have to throw them out — simply use a stronger solution to get them clean. Get rid of any soil left from last season and clean (yes, again) with oxygen bleach and water or baking soda and vinegar to kill bacteria or bugs that decided to make them home. You don’t need to saturate the fabric, just make sure it’s evenly covered everywhere!
Plastic bags seem like a quick and easy solution, but if tied or wrapped too tightly, don’t allow for airflow, encouraging mildew to develop. I never learned to sew like a pro. For wicker, vacuum away any loose particles first, and then clean like you would wrought iron, wood or plastic. Scrub stains with a brush like this one and dish soap and water. When it’s time to pack up your cushions for the colder months, be sure to check them for any stains or food spills. Also check out the 3 recommended more powerful gas pressure washers here. Here are the pillows in their new home (photo courtesy of my mom and her iPhone!) I just love how the fabric looks on those chairs! DO NOT USE BLEACH or expose fabric to water temperatures in excess of 100 degrees. After that, it’s time to rinse it again with water so that no residue of bleach or detergent is left behind. Then rinse with more water. For cushions: These can be a tad more tricky. If you notice there are stains, you can scrub them with the mixture using a stiff bristle brush.
Although they are both a type of fungi, there is a difference between the two. There is no need to rinse out the oil mixture. Rinse off with a hose or pressure washer. Same as on concrete, sweep up debris to start and rinse with a hose. How Does Mold Start to Grow? Again start with sweeping the deck. Wait until the deck is totally dry -one or two days – before putting your furniture back. Allow the fabric to air dry. Then lightly spray the entire surface of the pillow with the waterproof spray, holding the can 6″ to 8″ away from your fabric as you spray. If it soaks in and changes the color, your fabric isn’t waterproof! Before cleaning any pillows or cushions, look for cleaning instructions provided by the manufacturer as some covers feature fabric fasteners or zippers for easy removal, while others do not. Follow our guide on how to clean outdoor cushions, to ensure you get the best results. The lounge cushions are going to get wet and if the rain sets in, they are going to develop mildew. Even if they are at the porch, or under a gazebo, they should be covered to keep them clean and so that the colors won’t fade.
Now, if your outdoor pillows get rained on, they won’t get soaked! It’s a great cleaning product because, unlike chlorine bleach, it is environmentally friendly and won’t hurt your plants and flowers, not to mention it’s great at loosening up dirt and stains. Once the stains have been removed and the cushions have been thoroughly rinsed, hang your cushions out to dry. Finally, dry the turquoise outdoor cushions with a fan or a blow dryer with cold air to accelerate its drying. If it’s too cold to allow the cushions to air dry, use a hairdryer to speed up the process. The whole process took about ten minutes, plus a few hours of drying time, and now these pillows are ready for any weather! You can tell if your fabric needs waterproofing by dropping a few drops of water onto it. This is because the fiber is dyed prior to being made into yarn and woven to make fabric.