How do you keep deck pillows from getting saturated when it rains?

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I have outdoor furniture pillows that need days to dry out once they get wet. I store them inside and then get so lazy on nice days that I sit on the wicker stuff without the cushions. These are big pieces and the outdoor covers won't fit. Come on over but sit at your own risk.

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  • Just Retired Just Retired on Jul 01, 2017
    Actually I would spray them with a waterproof protectorant

    • Diane DiDi Diane DiDi on Jul 01, 2017
      The cushion are water proof. The rain gets in through the zipper. But I'm willing to try anything. Thanks, enjoy your retirement.

  • Linda Sikut Linda Sikut on Jul 01, 2017
    Have you tried tying tarps over them? Or have you thought of making your own covers with tarp type material?

  • Donna W Davis Donna W Davis on Jul 01, 2017
    Make cushion covers out of a plastic tarp. That will keep the cushions dry and be easy to pull of and fold under the furniture when you use it.

  • I just toss plastic tarps over them.

  • Pat Pat on Jul 01, 2017
    I have the same problem.....bringing them in the house when it is going to rain. How about getting a piece of plastic and cover the furniture when not in use? My cushions are made of outdoor fabric and dry fast in the sun.

  • Patti Patti on Jul 01, 2017
    Fabric softener. I've never tried it on outdoor pillows. I learned it from Martha Stewart. You never put fabric softener in your load of bath towels/sheets. It repels water. So the towels aren't as absorbent. Have you ever dried yourself after a shower but still felt wet? If your pillows are too big for the washing machine then I would do a mock rinse cycle. I'd do it outside. Get a couple buckets of water with fabric softener(use more than a usual load of laundry) mixed in. Spray or pour it on the pillows. Squeeze it in the fabric so it's saturated. Then rinse it all out. Let dry. I hope this works for you!

    • Diane DiDi Diane DiDi on Jul 01, 2017
      I will give it a test run, but I have my doubts. I use softener on my clothes and they don't repel water.

  • Carol Miller Carol Miller on Jul 01, 2017
    Can you get a deck box to store them in. They are sold at stores here in FL just for that or pool toys whatever. They are waterproof plastic; check online Home Depot, Lowes, WalMart etc.

    • Diane DiDi Diane DiDi on Jul 01, 2017
      I tried to find some big enough. I had these cushions made and they are chunky. Thanks for the suggestion.

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Jul 01, 2017
    I had a package of the painter plastic laying around and used it to cover mine. I took all the seat and back cushions off the chairs and stacked them on the loveseat and covered and tucked in the plastic around them. I overwintered them that way right on the front porch and they stayed clean and dry and ready to use when it warmed up in the spring. If I knew that it is going to rain extremely hard I put them back up and covered them and they again were dry for when it stopped. My cushions are made for outdoor use, but they are thick enough that they can take up to a couple of days to dry, too.

  • Pegg77 Pegg77 on Jul 01, 2017
    I have not tried this but what about that spray you would use to put on boots and other shoes to make them waterproof?


  • Diane DiDi Diane DiDi on Jul 01, 2017
    I 'll give that a try. If you see somebody in their yard sitting on tarp covered furniture...
    Thanks

  • Susan Bechamp Susan Bechamp on Jul 01, 2017
    I have a total of eight seats with back and seat cushions, however I only use two sets daily. The rest I store in a large mesh sided cabinet we built in the garage. (Until guests arrive and I bring the cushions out to use). Our cabinet reminds me of an old fashioned pie safe, but with window screening to keep out the bugs, spiders and mice who'd love to nest in them, (instead of punched tin - the holes are two big on the ones I've seen). . We live in a rural area, so critters love easy access to nesting materials. I recently replaced the light particle board back panels with cedar wood. Now even the bugs stay away. The cabinet is fitted with hooks on the under side of the shelves. Each cushion hangs from these hooks vertically. The shelves hold Rubbermaid bins for smaller items.

  • Carol Miller Carol Miller on Jul 06, 2017
    Too bad