Because sunbrella cushions are used only outdoors, they get dirty and quite hard to clean. A long exposure to the environmental factors will eventually result in stains and dirt. Also, the sunbrella cushions are meant to be durable so they are quite resilient to many things. Thus, the cleaning process must be thoughtful and carefully done to avoid damaging the special fabric. Check these cautious tips to clean them perfectly.
1. First, read the manufacturer’s label
This first step is very important since it will all depend on it. You need to inspect the sunbrella cushions seams for the manufacturer’s care label. Check out the provided instructions so you know better what to do next. The successful cleaning depends on it.
2. Make a DIY solution
Now that you are sure you won’t damage the cushions, you could prepare a mild solution. Thus, mix together a mild soap and lukewarm water. The measurements are for a half a cup (30 ml) of mild soap and a gallon of lukewarm water in a large bucket. Easy peasy, right? Stir everything until the soap dissolves completely.
3. Soak it wet
Use that solution to soak the fabric in. Using a brush, you could scrape away the loose dirt and then soak your cushions in the mixture you’ve just prepared. You need to let it act for about 15-20 minutes so the fabric is soaked completely.
4. Scrub it once again
When you notice the fabric is soaked completely, get your soft bristle brush into the mix and scrub it vigorously. You need to do this in the soaked fabric. The special spots you need to approach harder are the nooks and crannies surrounding the cushion seams.
5. Now, you rinse it
After the hard work is done, you can rinse the cushions using fresh, clean water. If you are more comfortable, use the water hose. No matter what, make sure you washed everything that resembles soap; any soap remained will damage the fabric.
6. Let it air dry
Now, all you have to do is let it air dry completely, and you’re done.
7. Clean stubborn stains
For stubborn stains, you need to spray the mild soap and water solution on sunbrella cushions. Mix up the same solution you’d use for general cleaning in a spray bottle. Spray it directly on the stain and let it soak for at least 15 minutes.
8. Try cornstarch for oily stains
For oily stains, the best is cornstarch. Thus, get rid of oily stains with cornstarch by sprinkling it over the affected area. Let it act for 10 minutes, then proceed with the cleaning process.