Outdoor cushions and outdoor cushion covers do more than just brighten up our outdoor spaces, they also make our house feel more like our home. The personal touch they bring to our patios is one that is unique, and we should aim at preserving it for as long as we can.
Caring for covers for outdoor cushions and other accessories should, thus, be a priority. The good news is, if you commit a few hours every now and then to this process, you will continue to have an outdoor space that is perfectly pleasant, for a very long time.
Cleaning your cushions is important to preserving their lifespan. A general rule-of-thumb for managing this well is to clean the cushions as soon as they start looking like they need it. But there are also certain conditions that require immediate cleaning, such as staining your cushions with certain types of sunblock or suntan lotion.
When cleaning, remember these pointers:
● Do not use harsh cleaning solutions. Most fabrics are not made to be washed down with an abrasive cleaning agent. Bleaching should also be limited only to solution-dyed acrylics. If you are not sure about how to clean the specific type of cushion that you have, stick to the washing instructions.
● Do not soak cushions in standing water. If your cushions use open cell foam, you can get away with letting the cushion submerge in standing water. But even then, the underlying structural integrity of the product may wear away. For other types of foams, it is an even worse idea to get them soaked in water for a long time. The best way to clean your cushions is to put them in an upright position under running water.
Some types of fabrics used in outdoor cushion covers are pre-treated with chemicals to equip them for the elements. But over time, even the most durable will succumb under constant exposure to heat, water, and other factors. When maintaining covers for outdoor cushions, it is a good idea to re-treat your pillows. Spray-on treatment, for instance, is available to protect your cushions from the effects of weathering. But before you treat your cushions, try and spray a small amount of the product on a small area of the cushion to check if there will be any adverse effects. Only proceed if you cannot spot any form of damage.
If you want to make the most out of your outdoor cushions, though, it is best to start by purchasing high-quality ones. Caring for a good product will only build on preserving the advantages offered by the product, in the first place. At Protect Your Banana, we understand the value that outdoor cushion covers and other accessories can bring to your home.
This is why we insist on providing only those products that we know will bring your family and friends joy. Call us to ask for a sample of our catalog. We will be happy to answer any of your concerns or questions.