Day 13

If you are like me and have completed most of the items on your to-do list, then now may be the time to take a closer look at your outdoor furniture. Let’s talk about cleaning your cushions.

I will endeavour to take you through a step by step guide on how to clean these from removing the covers, washing and then replacing them back over the foam inners.

Let’s start with looking at the zips. Check that they are not hard to zip open.

Check the zips

If so, get a bit of liquid detergent and run along the zip, leave for approximately 5 minutes for this to soften the zip, now try the zip again being gentle. The zip should now open but take care as we don’t want to break the zip (a cost we don’t need to incur).

Once the zip is open remove the inner cushion from the outer cover, you may have to bend the inner slightly to make it easier to remove the cover.

Once removed check the cover for staining and if there is any mould.

If you have stain or mould, then apply some Sunbrella fabric cleaner or you can always mix up a diluted formula of your own. 50/50 mix of sugar soap  and exit mould with 50% water. Apply a generous coat on the areas required and leave to soak for 15 – 30 minutes. Easy!

Now place the covers in the washing machine on a cold wash.

Once the cycle has finished take the covers out and start replacing them onto the cushion inners.

Hint: Do this while the covers are damp i.e. straight out of the washing machine as they are easier to put back on this way

Now be careful as we zip the cover up or you may break the zip. In my experience place downward pressure on the inner cushion whilst you zip the cover up taking the pressure off the zip. These zips on the covers are not the same as Levi 501’s.

Now your cushions should look like new. All ready for another season.

If you would like to pass this task onto the professionals then we do have a cushion cleaning service available. This being a complete pick up and drop off service. email the team for more information

Stay Safe,

Cheers Nigel

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