7 Tips to Keep Your Outdoor Pillows Looking Their Best


Outdoor pillows are one of our favorite accessories at Patio 34. They’re easy to add to any outdoor entertaining area, big or small, and our affordable prices make it a breeze to fit them into your budget–what’s not to love? From contemporary styles, like this 18”x18” Dupione Laurel option, to big and bold styles, like the 24”x24” “Canvas Turf,” we have plenty of outdoor pillows for you to consider for your home.

Because they feature soil- and stain-resistant Sunbrella fabric, keeping your outdoor pillows in like-new condition is simple. Here are 7 tips to get the most out of your newest deck, porch, or patio accessory:

  • Dust off crumbs and loose debris right away. This will keep the chances of staining or the growth of mildew to a minimum. 
  • Spot clean using a sponge or soft bristle brush. Use a small amount of mild soap and lukewarm water to create a bubbly solution, then dab or gently scrub the area. After spot cleaning outdoor pillows, rinse the affected area thoroughly and allow them to air dry. 
  • A natural fabric stain remover may be used on stains that do not respond to spot cleaning. Follow the instructions on the packaging and be sure to rinse thoroughly to eliminate all residue and avoid the appearance of water rings or stains. 
  • For larger spills or more persistent stains, machine wash removable pillowcases in cold water. Be sure that zippers are closed completely before putting them in the washing machine. Use the recommended amount of mild laundry detergent and rinse well before hanging the pillowcases to air dry. A color-safe bleach may be used if necessary. 
  • Those outdoor pillows that do not have removable pillowcases can be washed with a mixture that contains 1 cup of bleach, 1/4 cup mild detergent, and 1 gallon of water. Spray the affected area, allow it to sit for 15 minutes, then blot with a sponge or soft bristle brush. Set them in a ventilated area where they can air dry completely. 
  • Eliminate wrinkles by using the synthetic setting on your iron. Be sure to use low heat and test a small area before ironing all of the fabric. 
  • Make sure pillows are completely dry before storing them. Whether you’re stashing outdoor pillows away for a few days or a few months, it’s critical that you allow them to air dry completely first. Stand them up on the narrow side for better drying. 

If you’re looking for more tips on keeping your outdoor furniture and accessories looking their very best, check out this recent blog post on cleaning outdoor curtains. And if you have questions about outfitting your outdoor space, feel free to contact us at any time.

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