How to Clean and Renew Outdoor Furniture and Stained Cushions

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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:
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
Bella Tucker Decorative Finishes
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  • Suzanne Suzanne on Jun 02, 2016
    do you use the Fels Nappa with a scrub brush or just sponge and water and rinse
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  • Ddh21587642 Ddh21587642 on Mar 07, 2017
    Years of mildew and stains on patio cushions..pffftttt.. Sage green color..I've tried spot removers..mildew n stain removers. what..
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  • Susan Williamson 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 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 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.