Keeping your outdoor patio furniture cushions clean is the number one factor that affects how long they last. All outdoor fabric manufacturers have their own unique cleaning methods for outdoor patio furniture cushions. In general, you should be cleaning your patio cushions with a leaf blower to blow away dust, pollen and leaves on a weekly basis. For a deeper clean, use your stick or tank vacuum to remove dust and dirt that have migrated down into the fibers. For more detailed information on how to deep clean your patio cushions, see our outdoor cushion cleaning guide.
One of the easiest ways to keep your outood cushions clean is giving them a quick vaccuum or a leaf blower once a week. This will help remove any dirt or pollon that has made it way down deep inside the fibers. If you are allergic to pollen, we strongly advise using a leaf blower or vacuum before every use.
Any kind of vacuum will work to clean your patio cushions. We know you have at least one of these in your house. No excuses. Just do it!
Below you will find specific cleaning instructions for each outdoor fabric manufacturer. Not all outdoor fabrics are cleaned in the same way. Please refer to the manufacturer of your outdoor fabric and follow instructions accordingly.
SUNBRELLA CLEANING INSTRUCTIONS
One of the best ways to keep Sunbrella fabrics looking good is to brush off dirt and debris before it becomes embedded in the fabrics and to address messes and clean spills soon after they occur. The quicker you clean spills, the easier they can be to remove.
Though Sunbrella fabrics can be used both outdoors and in, your cleaning methods should differ slightly based on the fabrication and manufacturing of the furniture. We recommend using the appropriate cleaning instructions for your application.
Soak fabric in a solution of 1/4 cup mild soap per gallon of lukewarm water. Use a sponge or very soft bristle brush to lightly agitate the stain. Then rinse thoroughly to remove all soap residue and allow fabric to air dry.
Some removable casings can be washed in the washing machine. However, consult the furniture manufacturer before removing the casing as cushion construction may vary. To wash, first close all zippers. Machine wash in cold water on the delicate cycle with normal amounts of mild laundry detergent. For severe mold or mildew, add 1 cup of bleach. Allow fabric to air dry.
Prepare a solution of 1/4 cup mild soap per gallon of lukewarm water. Use a soft bristle brush to clean, allowing the cleaning solution to soak into the fabric. Rinse thoroughly to remove all soap residue and allow fabric to air dry.
For best results when cleaning upholstered pieces, clean the entire surface area of the fabric, from seam to seam, instead of rubbing the fabric in a circular motion on the spill. This method, along with an extractor, may be required in order to avoid water rings and residue.
Sunbrella fabrics do not promote mildew growth, however, mildew may grow on dirt and other foreign substances if not removed from the fabric. To remove mold or mildew:
For severe mold/mildew growth, bleach quantities may be increased.
Some removable casings can be washed in the washing machine, however consult the furniture manufacturer before removing the casing as cushion construction may vary. To wash, first close all zippers. Machine wash in cold water on the delicate cycle with normal amounts of mild laundry detergent. Allow fabric to air dry.
Our fabrics are made of 100% solution-dyed acrylic fibers which are capable of withstanding the high demands of outdoor use. To keep your fabric looking its best, we suggest cleaning the fabric at the first signs of dirt or stains. For routine maintenance of your fabrics, we recommend cleaning each spring season.
1. Remove loose dirt with a soft bristle brush or hose down with cold water.
2. Clean with mixture of water and mild soap. Rub in mixture with soft brush and allow to thoroughly soak into the fabric.
3. Rinse thoroughly with cold water and air dry.
4. Never use water over 100° Fahrenheit. Do not machine dry. For light cleaning, avoid the use of detergents.
1. Before bleach cleaning, make sure fabric is dry and has been vacuumed, and that the space is ventilated.
2. Prepare a 10% bleach solution in water.
3. Test the solution in an inconspicuous location first before applying over the entire fabric.
4. Apply the cleaning solution using a misting spray bottle.
5. Work the solution into the affected area by lightly scrubbing with a sponge or soft bristle brush. make sure to work from the outside of the stain inward so as not ot spread the stain. Rinse your sponge or brush frequently.
6. Allow cleaning solution to linger on the stain no more than 1 hour.
7. Rinse thoroughly to remove all residual bleach from the fabric.
8. Allow fabric to air dry.
9. Repeat process if necessary.
TEMPOTEST CLEANING INSTRUCTIONS
Tempotest Home® fabrics can be machine washed (up to 85°F) without losing their water- and stain-resistant properties, thanks to the use of Teflon® Extreme fabric protector. Wash using a mild laundry soap like Woolite, Ivory soap, or similar non-detergent based product.
Thanks to its extraordinary resistance to fading, the Tempotest Home® product line can also be washed with sodium hypochlorite (household chlorine bleach with a content of less than 5 percent sodium hypochlorite). This treatment is effective for removing stains such as coffee, wine, beer, juice, etc. It will not affect the fabric’s color fastness or stain and water resistance, if carried out according to the methods described below.
Too Many Samples!
We love offering free fabric swatches to our customers.
However, they are expensive to make so we have a maximum limit of 8 samples per order.
Please remove samples from the cart to make sure you get the fabrics you want.
We will only process the first 8 fabric samples regardless.