How To Clean Outdoor Cushions

Weekend Project Alert!

This is something we get asked for a lot... quick easy ways to clean outdoor cushions!


Our Australian climate can be challenging on our outdoor living spaces, even in the sunniest of gardens, winter dampness & tropical humidity creates mildew and our cushions may need a little more care. Some people bring their cushions in over the seasons, I like to keep them out as I love the look, ready to entertain at any notice!


And if you have pets, our home has a new puppy! Tully is an adorable Australian Cattle Dog X - theres nothing more fun for her than flipping the daybed cushions into the garden after she's leapt on them (like a 2 year old in the IKEA ball room) !!! Cheeky to watch, endearing, entertaining... but really messy!


This weekend i'm refreshing our outdoor living area, deck, lounge, daybed & dining all at the same time in the same way.
Gumboots on, i'll do before and after shots...!


It's really simple, i'm not even going to remove the cushion covers! Grab a bucket & large sponge, add a cup of bleach with a mild soap (i've even used dish liquid), gloves on and start spongeing up - liberally! Leave it for a while (about the time it takes for a cup of tea), grab the hose & rinse off!

Happy days & ready for more outdoor living!


Removal of mold & mildew stains.

Sunbrella fabrics do not promote mildew growth, however, mildew may grow on dirt and other foreign substances if not removed from the fabric. To remove mold or mildew:

  • Prepare a solution of 1 cup of bleach and one fourth cup mild soap per gallon of water. (a gallon is just under 4 litres)
  • Spray on entire area and allow to soak into the fabric for 15 minutes.
  • Clean entire surface area with a sponge, clean towel or very soft bristle brush.
  • Rinse thoroughly to remove all soap residue.
  • Air dry.

For severe mold/mildew growth, bleach quantities may be increased.
It is best to clean the entire surface area of the fabric to avoid water rings and stains.

Get in contact for more tips on outdoor cushion care, 3Beaches, Sunbrella, Warwick, Mokum, Tommy Bahama... all kinds of tropical outdoor cushions, we'd love to hear from you!

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