Outdoor Cushions & Pillows: Guide to Clean to Keep Them Last Longer

To maintain a fresh and cozy seating area, it’s crucial to know how to clean outdoor cushions and pillows effectively.

How to Remove Stains on Outdoor Cushions and Pillows

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It is best to Treat Stains on outdoor cushions as soon as possible.

Follow these instructions for specific types of stains:

Grass stains:

If the Borax solution does not remove grass stains, use a liquid detergent with stain-removing enzymes.

Apply the detergent to the color, use a soft brush to work it in, and rinse with Clean Water.

Mold or mildew:

Scrape away as much mold or mildew as possible using a brush.

Spray undiluted distilled White Vinegar over the affected area and wait at least 10 minutes. For stubborn stains, place a vinegar-soaked cloth on the spot.

Scrub the cushions with a brush and clean them with a sponge dipped in water and a small amount of detergent. Rinse and allow the cushions to air dry thoroughly in a sunny spot.

Oil stains:

Sprinkle cornstarch or baking soda on the fabric to absorb the oil.

Wait 15 minutes, then scrape off the powder. Repeat if necessary.

Tree sap:

Apply an enzyme-based stain remover to the stain and sprinkle powdered detergent on top to create a paste.

Gently scrub with a brush and rinse with hot water. If the discoloration remains, wash with oxygen bleach to restore the color.

Many outdoor cushions and pillows have a special water and stain-resistant coating.

Replenish this coating or protect untreated fabrics with a fabric spray designed for outdoor use. Ensure the cushions are thoroughly cleaned before applying the protective spray to avoid sealing in dirt or stains.

How to Clean Outdoor Cushions with Vinegar

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For a natural cleaning method, you can use vinegar to clean outdoor cushions.

Mix 1/4 cup of distilled white vinegar with 4 cups of warm water and pour the solution into a spray bottle. After vacuuming the cushions, spray them with the vinegar solution and let them sit for 15 minutes.

Use a soft brush to scrub any stained areas. Rinse with water and allow the cushions to air dry.

How to Clean Patio Cushions and Pillows

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What You’ll Need.


  • Soft-bristled brush.
  • Garden hose.
  • Clean towel.


  • Vacuum with an upholstery attachment.
  • Dish detergent.
  • Borax.
  • Bucket of water.


Some patio cushions and outdoor pillows have removable covers that can be machine-washed.

Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for washing and allow the covers to air dry completely before putting them back on.

If the covers cannot be removed, refresh the cushions using a simple cleaning solution and a garden hose.

Make sure to perform this on a solid outdoor surface, such as a patio or deck, to prevent new stains.

Vacuum to Remove Loose Debris.

Use the upholstery attachment on a Vacuum Cleaner to remove loose dirt, dust, and debris from the surface of the cushions.

Pay attention to seams, crevices, and decorative elements. A soft-bristled brush can also be used to brush away grime gently.

Scrub with Cleaning Solution.

In a bucket of water, mix 1 tablespoon of dish detergent with 1/4 cup of Borax.

Dip a brush into the cleaning solution and scrub the entire surface of the cushions, focusing on stained areas. Allow the solution to soak for at least five minutes.

Rinse Cushions with a Garden Hose.

Using medium-high pressure, rinse off the cushions with a garden hose.

Ensure that all Cleaning Solutions are thoroughly rinsed away. Avoid using a pressure washer, as it may damage the fabric.

Allow Cushions to Dry Completely.

Squeeze out any excess water and blot the fabric with a clean towel to absorb as much moisture as possible.

Prop the cushions up vertically and let them air dry completely. Placing them in a sunny spot can expedite the drying process.

*The information is for reference only.