How to Wash Outdoor Chair Cushions?

How to Wash Outdoor Chair Cushions?

15 Sep, 2023

The outdoor chair cushions are a good partner with the outdoor chair to provide comfort and style to your outdoor seating area. The unique patterns in the outdoor chair cushions add a slight of vigor to the whole impression of your rattan leisure chair outdoor.

However, as time goes by, the outdoor chair cushions easily look dull and become dirty by the power of the elements, such as rain, sunlight, and dust. To maintain the longevity and appearance of your outdoor chair cushions, regular cleaning is essential. In this post, the author will teach you how to wash your outdoor chair cushions step by step.

Tool Preparation

Before start cleaning the outdoor chair cushions, you should make a full preparation for the cleaning tool. Here are the tools you need:

●Outdoor chair cushions

●Mild detergent (or undistilled white vinegar)

●Bucket or large basin

●Soft-bristle brush or scrubbing sponge

●Hose or a large container of water

●A sunny outdoor area for drying

●Clean towels or a clean, dry cloth

●Hand-held vacuum

design rattan chair

Design Rattan Chair

Step 1: Place it on the A sunny outdoor area

To start with this project, you need to place the outdoor chair cushions outdoors to prevent dirt from spreading everywhere indoors.

Step 2: Vacuum Up Loose Debris

Before giving a deep cleaning to outdoor chair cushions, you need to first use the hand-held vacuum or one with a crevice tool to remove the loose debris. during the vacuuming process, you should pay more attention to the seams and crevices that could hide dirt, especially the buttons and back of the seat which are good places for the growth of mildew and tree spores.

If you have no hand-held vacuum, you can use a soft-bristle brush to brush off any loose dirt or debris or shake it gently to remove loose particles.

Step 2: Check for Care Labels

Before proceeding with cleaning, check the care labels on your outdoor chair cushions. The care labels can give clear instructions about the cleaning of the outdoor chair cushions.

Step 3: Scrub Cushions with Cleaning Solution

Following the care labels and cleaning the outdoor chair cushions with the cleaning solution.

Two methods are available in this step. The first method is using the dish soap. Take a bucket filled with water and drip 1/4 cup or a few squirts of dish soap. Then, soak your bristle brush into the mixture and scrub the entire cushion.

The second method is easy and eco-friendly. You can fill a spray bottle with undiluted distilled white vinegar. After that, spray it on the cushions and scrub it with a bristle brush. If there are some stains, you can let the the white vinegar seep into the fabric for at least 10 minutes based on the stubborn degree of the stain.

Step 4: Rinse Thoroughly

Once you've cleaned the cushions, rinse them thoroughly with clean water. You can use a hose or fill another bucket with clean water for this step. Ensure that all solution residues are completely washed out. Continue rinsing until the water runs clear.

rattan furniture chair

Rattan Furniture Chair

Step 5: Dry the Cushion

After rinsing, gently squeeze out excess water from the cushions without wringing them, as this can distort their shape. Lay the cushions flat on a clean, dry towel or cloth in a sunny outdoor area. Flip them occasionally to ensure even drying. The sunlight will help kill any remaining bacteria and mold.

Step 6: Reassemble and Store

Once your outdoor chair cushions are completely dry, reassemble them on your chairs. Ensure they are securely in place. If you plan to store your cushions during the offseason, consider placing them in a dry, cool location and protecting them with covers to prevent dust and moisture buildup.


All in all, the above method is the easiest and the most useful method to clean your outdoor chair cushions. By cleaning your outdoor chair cushions, you not only ensure your outdoor seating area looks fresh and inviting but also extend the life of your cushions and enjoy a comfortable outdoor oasis year after year.

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