While outdoor cushions make it easier to lounge in your backyard or your terrace, they can be hard to maintain. The risks from the sun and insects are ever present. While buying, it’s better that you take a look at the variety of cushions, as some are made for the sole purpose of being easy to handle. If you have already brought a cushion that you shouldn’t have, it’s fine. We still have methods you can try to clean your cushions. And if all else fails, you can always employ professional cleaning services like ours.
1 . Daily Maintenance
If you take care of your outdoor cushions daily, it significantly reduces the chance of having to deep clean it every week or month. Try brushing the cushions regularly with a whisk broom. This way, you can keep insects and debris away from the stains. In case unpredicted rain shower soaks your cushions, turn them to the edge to speed up the drying process. If you accidentally spill any liquid on the cushions, don’t let it sit there. Use a paper towel or a rag to sop it up.
Keep a solution of 4 cups of water, 1 teaspoon liquid soap, and a tablespoon of borax in a spray bottle. Whenever you find a difficult stain on the cushion, spray the solution and then soak it for about 10 to 15 minutes. Dip the cushion in cold water to remove any signs of the liquid soap and then let it dry on the edge.
2. Tricks to Clean Soiled Fabric
A cushion that has been with you for a long time is bound to get soiled. However, there is nothing that a good cleaning won’t solve. If your cushion cover can’t be removed, mix water with liquid detergent and apply it over the surface with a sponge. Create bubbles with the sponge into the fabric. Then, use cold water, preferably with a garden hose so the pressure is high, and remove any soap residue. Again, set it on the edge so it can dry up faster.
For removable cushion covers that you can clean by hand, soak it in the previous solution you mixed. Again, make sure to not leave any soap residue by rinsing with cool water and then air dry it.
In case you want to use the washing machine, make sure you use cool water. Use the amount of laundry detergent you would use on a regular cushion and mix 1 cup of chlorine bleach after each load. As usual, the last step is to air dry.
If air drying takes too long, you can always speed up the process. While shock heating treatment should definitely be avoided, as it can cause the fabric to shrivel up, using a fan to blow dry over your cushion is a safe option. Make sure the amped up air from the fan doesn’t come in direct contact with the cushion though.
3. Persistent Stains
Make the previous solution you made a little stronger this time. All you need to do is add 1 cup of chlorine bleach to it. Douse the stains with this solution and then use a bristle brush to scrub it. Let it soak up the solution for about 20 minutes. After that, it’s time to rinse it again with water so that no residue of bleach or detergent is left behind. Now, turn it on the edge and let the cushion come in contact with cool air. There’s a chance that the textile manufacturer of your cushion has a website with a stain removal chart that you can learn some techniques from.
Whether your cushion cover is removable or non removable, your tags and owners’ guide will contain some useful instructions on how to take care of your cushion covers. Even if the tag has nothing in it, the owners’ guide surely will. Make a mental note of the solution and detergent you can and can’t use. Since, upholstery tends to abbreviate the words to fit in the tiny space, here’s how to decipher some of them.
If it’s W, it means you can use detergents that are water based. S means you should steer away from water related products. That is, stick to dry cleaning solutions. Chenille fabrics are a good example of cushion covers that don’t do too well with water. WS means the cushion covers is compatible with water based or non water based products. X suggests to leave the job to professional cleaners, though you can vacuum if you want.
4. Bleach With Caution
Don’t turn to bleach at the first sign of trouble. Use it cautiously. Only when the stains are really tough to remove and can’t be done away with other gentler methods. Overuse of bleach can lead the fabric to lose tightly knit fibers and may even change the color of the fabric. Bleach has the potential to be extremely harmful for the environment, especially the soil and water. So, while using it, be careful of your surroundings. In case it becomes absolutely impossible to avoid using bleach, make sure to use a fabric guard product afterwards.
Or avoid the risk altogether. These days, there is no dearth of professional house cleaning services you can employ for cleaning your outdoor cushions and your entire house as well. One of it is our own, SwiftClean. Our contracts with the best maids in Los Angeles has made us the number 1 professional cleaning service in Southern California. We’re dedicated to our craft and provide full disclosure on the cost from the start. We can provide any kind of cleaning service you want. It can be a one time thorough cleaning or a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly visit, depending on your needs. Check out our website and explain your requirements in the form to get a quote from us.