Ultimate guide - Stains on my outdoor cushions and how to care for them!
Posted on By Joanne Rejc
Outdoors is where you want to be… and we want to help you keep your outdoor cushions there as long as possible.
That means keeping them clean and stain-free, so they look as good as new for years to come.
Our outdoor cushions are sun, water and mildew resistant, but that doesn't mean they can't get dirty. In fact, if you don't treat your cushions right, they can get pretty gross. But we're going to show you how to avoid that.
You've just finished enjoying a beautiful day with family and friends and you're excited to relax with a glass of wine. But as you lay back in your comfortable lounge something catches your eye: A STAIN on your outdoor cushion!
DDDU outdoor cushions are made to withstand sun, water, and mildew, but they can still get dirty. Here's how to remove stains from your cushions so you can protect the fabric and keep them looking great.
If you want to keep your cushions looking new for years to come, the best thing you can do is take care of them properly. Our outdoor cushions are made from high-quality "outdoor" fabric that's tough for the Australian elements, but still beautiful, soft and comfortable. They are water-, sun-, and mildew-resistant—but that doesn't mean they're impervious! The sun will eventually fade the colour of your cushions over time, so it's important to store them when they're not in use (like during winter). And if you notice a stain, remove it as soon as possible.
We've put together this guide with some handy tips on how to remove stains from your outdoor cushions. Here's what we suggest:
First, identify the stain. It's important to treat the stain as quickly as possible—once a stain sets in, it can be harder to remove. If the stain is dry, brush away as much of it as possible with a soft-bristle brush. If it's wet or sticky, dab at it with a clean cloth until most of it has been removed.
2. Spray the stained area with a mixture of warm water and dishwashing liquid. Let sit for about 30 minutes before rinsing with the garden hose (don't scrub). Then rinse and let dry completely in the sun before proceeding with any other steps. If there is still visible residue on the fabric after this process, repeat until no more residue remains.
3. If your stain is stubborn, get a toothbrush and gently scrub with some mild detergent, (test on an inconspicuous part of your cushion first) repeat the rinsing process.
4. Pack Away When It's Out of Season
5. If you're not going to use your outdoor cushions for a while (or if it's out of season), make sure that you store it properly so that no moisture or mould can get inside and start causing damage. You should always keep cushions away from direct sunlight and rain when packed away, but also make sure they're not sitting in any kind of damp area where moisture can build up - this could cause mildew and mould growth and if left untreated will make them smell bad and damage the fabric over time.
Just remember: water and mildew resistant means resistance against these things only!
At Design Den Down Under, we have a 3 year warranty on all our outdoor cushions that are not only designer like, but pretty much bullet proof.