How to clean outdoor sofa cushions

How to clean outdoor sofa cushions

Summertime is the perfect opportunity to relax outdoors on your comfortable outdoor sofa cushions. However, after a few months of use, they can become quite dirty. Before you know it, your cushions are covered in stains and dirt that seem impossible to clean.   

The good news is that with the right tools and instructions, you can easily get your cushions looking like new again! To help you get started, we outline how to properly clean outdoor sofa cushions using just a few simple steps.


The washing machine method 

From barbecues to pool parties, summer is a time to enjoy the outdoors with family and friends. However, all that time spent outside can leave your outdoor sofa cushions looking a bit worse for wear.  

Luckily, it's easy to clean them in a washing machine. Just remove the cushions from the sofa and put them in the washer on a gentle cycle with cold water. Add a mild detergent and let the machine do its work. Once the cycle is finished, line dry the cushions or put them in the dryer on low heat.  


The vinegar solution 

Vinegar is a household staple with a variety of uses, and cleaning outdoor sofa cushions is one of them. Over time, outdoor furniture can become covered in dirt, dust, and pollen, which can be difficult to remove with ordinary cleaners. However, vinegar is an effective and natural way to clean outdoor cushions.  

Simply mix equal parts vinegar and water in a spray bottle and apply it to the affected areas. Let the solution sit for a few minutes before wiping it away with a clean cloth. You may need to repeat this process for stubborn stains. In addition to being gentle on fabric, vinegar is also inexpensive and easy to find. 


The dry brush technique 

Outdoor sofa cushions can take a beating from the elements, but that doesn't mean they have to look beat up. With a little care and attention, you can keep them looking like new for years to come - and the dry brush method is perfect for just that. 


Simply start by removing any loose dirt or debris with your hands. Then, using a soft-bristled brush, gently brush away any remaining dirt. Be sure to brush in different directions to loosen stubborn dirt particles. Once you're finished brushing, vacuum the cushions to remove any final dirt particles. 


The cleaning solution cure 

If your outdoor sofa cushions are looking a little worse for wear, don't despair - with a little elbow grease and the right cleaning solution, you can have them looking like new in no time.  

To start, mix up a solution of one part water to one part vinegar. Next, using a clean cloth, sponge the solution onto the cushion covers, being sure to work it into any stains. Let the covers soak for 10-15 minutes, then rinse with clean water. For stubborn stains, you may need to repeat this process. Once the covers are clean, allow them to air dry completely before putting them back on your sofa. And that's it - your sofa will be looking good as new in no time! 


Preserve your outdoor cushions and furniture for the perfect summer! 

Whether you're looking to clean outdoor sofa cushions from dirt, dust, pollen, or stains, there are plenty of effective and easy techniques that can help. No matter which method you choose, it's important to be gentle and patient, taking the time to get rid of even the toughest stains. With a little effort and perseverance, you can keep your outdoor sofa cushions looking great all summer long.  

And if you're looking for the perfect outdoor sofas for your cushions, don't hesitate to visit us at Glicks Furniture in Alexandria, NSW! You can also check out our range of affordable designer and replica furniture online - we ship Australia-wide!