How to Protect Your Patio Cushions This Winter

How to Protect Your Patio Cushions This Winter

If you haven’t done it already, it is time to store your patio cushions. Sounds like a chore, doesn’t it? While it most certainly requires some work now, the effort will prolong the lifespan of your cushions and simplify your backyard reset come spring.

Like properly storing your patio furniture, properly storing your outdoor cushions can be broken down into three steps: 

  • Wash
  • Dry
  • Store

Wash

Have you taken great care of your outdoor cushions? Great! They still need to be cleaned. Throughout the summer and early fall, even those cushions that are shown the most TLC accumulate some dirt and pollen.

You always want to begin by brushing off as much visible dirt and debris as possible. If the cover of your outdoor cushion can be removed, do so. This will allow it to dry more quickly after it’s been washed.

Next, look at the manufacturer’s instructions. Wash the fabric as directed and do not deviate. Those instructions are there for a reason.

In the case of cushions made from Sunbrella fabric, it’s recommended you use ¼ cup of Woolite dissolved in a gallon of lukewarm water. Use a stiff-bristle to scrub the solution. Then, rinse thoroughly.

 

Dry

Before you even think about storing your cushions, it’s essential you allow them to dry completely. If you don’t, the moisture will allow mold and mildew to take hold. To speed up the drying process, prop the cushions up indoors where it’s warm and dry.

 

Store

Find a dry place that can hold all your cushions. This might be a spot in the basement or garage. It could even be under the bed if you have room. After you are certain your cushions are completely dry, seal them in a plastic bag and store them away.

 

Looking for more great storage tips? We recently shared our three-step-guide to protecting your patio during the winter.