Caring for your garden furniture cushions

Garden furniture cushions are often overlooked when purchasing outdoor seating, but they play a crucial role in our comfort and overall enjoyment

These cushions are where we unwind after a long day, where kids inevitably leave their sticky handprints after enjoying ice cream in the sun, and they truly define the essence of your outdoor furniture. Whether you’re in the market for new garden furniture or just looking to rejuvenate your existing set, proper aftercare for your cushions is essential.

Removable Covers

If your garden furniture cushions come with zippered, removable covers, maintaining them is a breeze. A quick spin in the washing machine is all it takes. Start by removing the soft cushion innards and keeping them safe. Set your washing machine to a cold wash, allowing the cushion covers to take a refreshing spin. When it comes to drying, hang them on a line during a warm summer day, ensuring a natural drying process. Avoid using a tumble dryer, as it may cause the covers to shrink. Ensure they are completely dry before reapplying them to the cushion filling to prevent the formation of mildew.

Non-Removable Covers

For cushions with non-removable covers, avoid tossing the entire cushion into the washing machine. Instead, follow one of the two cleaning methods outlined below.

Spring Refresh Method: For a quick refresh or minor dirt and stains, gather the following items: soap, water, mild detergent, a soft cloth, towels, and a soft brush. Create a solution of warm soapy water with mild detergent, scrub the cushion with a soft brush, wipe away any soapy residue with a wet cloth, and press the cushion between towels to remove excess water. Let them dry naturally in the sun, either by hanging on a line or leaving them on the furniture, turning them occasionally for even drying.

Tougher Stains Method: For stubborn stains, you’ll need washing up liquid, Vanish Oxi-Action (or an equivalent fabric stain remover), water, a spray bottle, and a garden hose. Mix equal parts washing up liquid and Vanish Oxi-Action with a liter of warm water. Apply the solution liberally to the cushions, focusing on stained areas, let it soak for 15-30 minutes, and use a garden hose to rinse away the solution and dirt. Ensure no residue remains, and let the cushions dry completely in the sun, either by hanging on a line or leaving them on the furniture while turning them periodically for uniform drying.

By following these cleaning methods, your garden furniture cushions will be as good as new in no time!