Canvas & Cushions the last steps before winter…….
As summer time comes to an end, the saying “the parties over” comes to mind. Well, not really, because it’s time to move the party inside. As for outdoor entertaining, it’s time to clean, cover, and store your patio furniture to protect from the damaging winter weather that awaits.
It’s important that you clean and make any necessary repairs to your patio furniture before storage. This will prevent having to do this as a Spring chore. At the least, your furniture may need to be wiped down, with a damp cloth after storage. Warm soapy water is recommended.
Usually furniture cushions, such as canvas suffer the most damage. By summers end, food and beverage spills, dust, mold, mildew, plant debris, body lotions, and tanning oils, soil cushions, often staining them. This can be taxing on the cushions and if not properly cleaned and stored; can worsen their look and feel.
At the minimum, scrubbing cushions with warm soapy water is the best way to go about cleaning them. This should be done throughout the summer season, to prevent soil buildup. I suggest mixing five (5) or so drops dish soap, with about one (1) quart warm water. This is a good way to clean cushions as colors don’t fade and involves no harmful chemicals. If cushions are victim to heavy soiling and staining, add one (1) teaspoon Borax to the water solution.
Saturate your cushion on both sides with the soapy water solution. Be sure to get all the crevices and creases. With a scrub brush, scrub any areas that are soiled or stained heavily. Allow the solution to set for 15 to 20 minutes before rinsing off with a garden hose. Stand the cushion on edge and allow too dry. Make sure your cushions are completely dry before storing them. This will prevent the growth of mold or mildew.
Fabric and upholstery protector such as Scotch Guard will keep cushions clean and will help protect them from future soiling. Evenly spray cushions once cleaned and had time to dry thoroughly.
Canvas can be machined washed, if it can be removed from your furniture. It should be put back damp, so that it can be stretched back into place. If that can’t happen, dampen the soiled canvas and lather up a scrub brush with heavy-duty laundry soap such as Fels-Naptha. Fels-Naptha soap works great for removing stained and soiled areas on canvas. This process might have to be repeated for the best results. Once the canvas is clean, rinse off with a garden hose.
For fast and routine cleaning, dryer sheets do a great job of removing dirt and debris from cushions. We recommend rubbing the cushion down to remove any unwanted dirt. This is a fast way to clean cushions before a last minute gathering.