How to Clean Outdoor Seat Cushions

Outdoor seat cushions can transform nice lawn furniture into attractive and comfortable furniture. However, if you accidentally leave your cushions out in inclement weather, they can end up with some pretty serious stains and unpleasant odors. Even if you take your seat cushions indoors for the winter, it's a good idea to clean them each spring and fall to help ensure that they stay fresh-looking and last a long time.

Things You'll Need

  • Bucket
  • Dish soap
  • Warm water
  • Scrub brush
  • Cleaning rags
  • Powdered carpet freshener
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Dryer sheets

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Scrub the seat cushions with a mixture of warm water and dish soap. Use at least a few drops of dish soap—more if you prefer—in a bucket of water. Put the mixture in the bucket and dip your scrub brush in the mixture. Scrub the cushions to remove embedded dirt and mold.

Rinse the cushions. Using a bucket of clear water and a scrub brush that you have rinsed out, scrub the cushions again, this time with the clean water. As you rinse and scrub, wipe up the excess water with a clean, dry rag.

Let the cushions air dry in the sun. This will make them look brighter and smell like the fresh outdoors. It may take up to a day for them to dry if you had to really saturate them to get them clean.

Freshen up the cushions, if they still have a bad odor, by sprinkling them with powdered carpet freshener and then vacuuming. This will make your cushions smell fresh and help remove any remaining dirt from the cushions.

Tips & Warnings

  • Wipe down the seat cushions with dryer sheets before sitting on them. The dryer sheets attract dust and pollen and will keep the surfaces of the cushions clean so that your clothes do not get stained.


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