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How to Clean Outdoor Cushions

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Quick and easy answer.

Read Manufacturer Instructions. 

Identify the fiber content of the fabric ( Acrylic, polyester, polypropylene. ) For Revolution Fabrics,  mix cleaning solution of 1 cup chlorine bleach, ¼ cup clear liquid detergent, and 1 gallon of water. Apply the cleaning solution to the whole cushion with a sponge. Rinse solution from the cushions with water. Let the cushions air dry.


How to clean outdoor cushions - outdoor fabrics - Revolution Fabrics


When it comes to the integrity and presentation of your outdoor space, you want the very best for your home. Outdoor furniture requires the same upkeep and attention to detail as the interior furniture in your interior living space, which means from time to time, it requires some cleaning.


If you want your outside oasis to constantly greet your family and guests with clean and pristine appearance, we’re going to provide a brief guide specifically for cleaning outdoor cushions below.

Follow Instructions:

Outdoor furniture companies provide cleaning instructions on all of their outdoor products, which means everything you need is just an instruction sheet away. Read labels to find out the fabric and filling content of the cushions, so that you are more aware of your options. For cushions without cleaning tags, you can always check the manufacturer’s website, or continue along with some of our best practices listed next. Most outdoor fabrics will be either polyester, acrylic, or polypropylene.

Non-Removable Cushion Covers:

If your pillows cannot have the cover separated from their structure, then it’s time to bring in the sponge. With ¼ cup clear liquid detergent and 1 gallon of lukewarm water, gently sponge the affected area. Work away at the spot until bubbles are forming from the friction. Once done, rinse thoroughly with a high-pressure garden hose to remove all detergent residue. Place the pillows in a sunny and dry place where they can dry quickly.


For stains that can’t be tackled with a little soap and a sponge, try mixing 1 cup chlorine bleach, ¼ cup clear liquid detergent, and 1 gallon of water. Let the mixture soak into the pillow for 20-minutes before you rinse thoroughly.

Removable Cushion Covers:

Now, if you can remove the cushion covers from your pillows, you have a machine-washing option (if the manufacturer recommends it). Before you place them in the laundry, be sure to shake out the covers and get all debris build-up out. Once done, allow the covers to air dry, placing them back on the cushions while they are still slightly damp so the material can form back into place. If recommended, you can use your dryer with the pillow covers – but ONLY do this if the instruction tag says it's compatible with the specific kind of fabric.


What About Power Washing?

Manufacturers do not recommend power washing, as it can ruin the seams of the fabric. A gentler cleaning approach is preferable if you want your pillows to last for awhile.


Feel like you’re ready to take on your backyard patio arrangement with these outdoor fabric cleaning instructions? Remember: outdoor cushions are no different from the cushions in your home. If you want them to last, regular cleaning will keep them in good shape for years to come. And for the cushions that are too far gone, don’t forget to shop our selection here at Revolution Fabrics by the Yard. 


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  • Hey Roxanne,

    Thank you for your comment! We are launching new Revolution outdoor jacquards next month :) Some of these fabrics are featured in the photo. Thank you for supporting Revolution and I will email you when the samples are ready!

    Anderson Gibbons on
  • Looks like I only have one solid outdoor sample Rumba in several colors. In these photo’s you show patterns. How to do I get more outdoor fabric selections?

    Roxanne Hill on

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