Cleaning Patio Cushions

– Vacuum
– Bucket
– Warm water
– Dishwashing liquid
– Borax
– Sponge
– Scrub brush

– Towels
– Fabric protector spray


  1. Pile up your outdoor pillows! Unzip cases wherever possible and run them through the wash following the instructions on the tags. Then turn your attention to the cushions. Remove any loose dirt and dust from them using the upholstery attachment on your vacuum. If your cushions are tufted, be sure to run the attachment carefully over the crevices, seams, and any buttons.
  2. Next, mix 1 tablespoon of dishwashing liquidin a bucket of warm water. If your cushions have mildew on them, add 1/4 cup of borax or oxy clean to the solution as well. Generously sponge the sudsy solution onto your cushions, and let them soak for 15 minutes.
  3. If you still see stubborn dirty spots after soaking, apply more of the cleaning solution and gently rub out the spots with a scrub brush.
  4. Thoroughly rinse the cushions off with clean warm water.
  5. Wrap a towel around the cushion to blot up the majority of the water, then stand the cushion up on end to air-drycompletely. Make sure no moisture remains, otherwise you’ll find yourself facing a regrowth of mildew.
  6. Once your cushions are dry, spray them with a fabric protector, such as Scotchgard Water & Sun Shield. Taking this step will make it much easier to keep those cushions clean!
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