Anything you can do for dry rotted outdoor cushions?

by Mary
  10 answers
  • Ath9102554 Ath9102554 on Sep 12, 2017

    Nope....they are SO Cheap in later season..Get new ones...

  • Tonya Brooks Tonya Brooks on Sep 12, 2017

    Yes, throw them away and get new ones. The material in the cushions are not made to withstand dry rot.

  • Fiddledd224 Fiddledd224 on Sep 12, 2017

    I made a slipcover for mine (basically a pillowcase shape) out of fleece that I was able to get for $2/yard. Just trace the cushions on doubled fabric and add 10" all around for the depth of the cushion and for sewing. Then just slide the cushions in. You can Velcro them closed - and throw them in the washer when they get dirty.

    • Susan Krickbaum Reich Susan Krickbaum Reich on Apr 23, 2024

      I have patio cushions that I'm guessing are dry rotted (powder comes off and they are tearing). I made new covers for the seat cushions. I tried to buy new pillow forms for the backs, but can't find any. Would it work to cover the existing (dry rotted) pillow/back cusion with a pillow case and then put the new cover over that until I can find new cushions that will work? Or will the dark blue powder that is coming off make its way through the pillow case and new cover? That's the only thing I can think to do right now.

  • Maureen Maureen on Sep 12, 2017

    Recover with new outdoor fabric, or buy new ones.

  • Rose Broadway Rose Broadway on Sep 12, 2017

    Not much. You can remove the outer cover and see if the inside is in good enough condition to use. If so, you can recover them. If not, they're pretty well ready for the trash! Sorry.

  • KattywhampusLOL KattywhampusLOL on Sep 12, 2017

    HI Mary, Take the measurements of your dry rotted outdoor cushions and use them to buy new cushion material ;) I have checked numerous resources about using foam material in any sort of recycled way but, being dry rotted, the answser is No :( (and FYI even without dry rot, memory foam is not recyclable .. I had no idea ...) Here are some links about recycling types of foam products (which are basically just air filled plastic):

    Good Luck and thanks for using HOMETALK for answers :)

  • I always store my cushions indoors, inside the house, over winter to help prolong their life. Once they've gone though, they're pretty much done. You could open them up and put new filling inside.

  • I would make or buy new. There are companies online that will custom make your cushions more economically than a local upholstery shop, but the least expensive way to go is to find something that fits at your local home store.

  • Are the environment and time causing your outdoor materials to fade or seem worn? Apply Rust-Oleum Outdoor Fabric Paint to your patio cushions, pillows, and umbrella to give them a fresh look rather than replacing them. After giving the cloth a thorough cleaning with soap and water, let it to air dry.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on May 05, 2024

    Toss them out, as they will no longer be fit for purpose, and not safe to use.