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How to Clean and Renew Outdoor Furniture and Stained Cushions

We were able to save thousands of dollars by cleaning and salvaging this stained and weathered outdoor furniture. It took a lot of elbow grease, but it was worth it to us because we got this Pottery Barn Outdoor Sectional in a trade. We painted the weathered frame with Stain and Seal from Faux FX. The cushions were cleaned by spraying a solution of 75% bleach and 25% water on the cushions. Then they were cleaned with Fels-Naptha soap. The result is a "like-new" sofa. For complete details and more photos check out our blog: http://bella-tucker.com/2013/05/how-to-rehab-your-outdoor-furniture/
Time: 12 Minutes Cost: $75 Difficulty: Medium
  • Nicole Tre
    Nicole Tre Camarillo, CA

    Is it okay to do this with colored cushions? With the bleach? I have dark orange cushions. Thanks in advance.

    • Rosie Walsh
      Rosie Walsh Buford, GA

      @Nicole Tre If your cushions are made of acrylic fabric, such as Sunbrella, you are golden. I don't know about polyester or olefin. Test in inconspicuous spot.
      Re dilution, I use about 1/3 bleach to 2/3 water.

  • Lindsey Jensen
    Lindsey Jensen Colorado Springs, CO

    Good work man! I would suggest staining your chairs and table darker than the deck though, my client did hers the same color as her deck and they just disappear in the mess of similarly colored railings and deck boards. They are beautiful chairs and

  • Susan Williamson

    outdoor furniture cushion cleaning- I have sprayed with a hose and cleaned with a soapy solution but they water stain while drying. I believe from the inside out. Probably the settled dirt on the inside of the cushion comes out while drying.

    • Rosie Walsh
      Rosie Walsh Buford, GA

      @Susan Williamson I agree with your thinking about the 'inside' dirt. I've found that more rinsing with a strong spray solves this. Turn them on edge, spray, then leave on edge to dry. Repeat.

  • Susan Williamson

    Thank you Rosie but I have put them on edge and the draining water stains the edge as it dries :(

  • Nancy Gachman
    Nancy Gachman Houston, TX

    I have a type of plastic mesh on my outddor furniture seats and back that cannot be taken off. How do I clean them. Thanks so much.

    • Maorr66

      in a bucket, warm water and amonia, wash with sponge and non-scratch scrubby. they come out like bran new.

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