How to Clean and Renew Outdoor Furniture and Stained Cushions

$75
12 Minutes
Medium

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/
the cushions cleaned up with a lot of elbow grease
before and after outdoor furniture rehab
the cushions were mildewed
cushions before
cushions before
after clean up and a coat of Stain and Seal from Faux FX
The frame after applying stain and seal
the outdoor sectional weathered frame

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3 questions
  • Suzanne
    on Jun 2, 2016

    do you use the Fels Nappa with a scrub brush or just sponge and water and rinse

  • How do you clean resin chairs with years of tree sap on them?

  • Ddh21587642
    on Mar 7, 2017

    Years of mildew and stains on patio cushions..pffftttt.. Sage green color..I've tried spot removers..mildew n stain removers. ..now what..

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  • Susan Williamson
    on Apr 19, 2016

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

  • Nancy Gachman
    on Jun 13, 2016

    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.

    • Maria
      on Jul 21, 2016

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

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