How to Guide: Storing Outdoor Cushions in Winter
Storing your cushions - why is it important?
This time of year is so exciting - Halloween is long gone and Christmas is just around the corner! However, don't forget to hide away the remnants of Summer. Although you won't be needing your garden furniture throughout the colder months, you shouldn't just forget about it and leave it outside. We recently published a post on storing outdoor furniture, but you should also keep reading to find out how to correctly store your outdoor cushions.
first things first
When it's finally time to put away your cushions, it's likely that they will have been sitting outside for a while. You wouldn't just put your clothes back in your wardrobe without washing them, would you? Well, it's the same for your outdoor cushions! Here at Lakeland Furniture, our garden furniture sets come with cushion seats included. So, obviously, it'd be irresponsible of us to neglect care advice for them. Although our outdoor cushions are weatherproof, it's much more sensible to have a dedicated routine for ensuring they are safe and sound throughout the winter months. Perhaps you didn't get your outdoor furniture from us and so your cushions may not be weatherproof. If so, it's even more important that you pay attention! First up, you need to give your cushions a clean.
If your cushions have removable covers, you can take these off and put them in the washing machine. Always air dry, even if the label suggests otherwise. If they don't have machine washable covers or you fancy giving them an extra clean, you can move onto the scrubbing stage. Take a bucket of warm water and soap with a soft brush - avoid harsh detergents. Give your cushions a good clean with the brush and soapy water from seam to seam. Rinse off with a hose or wet towel. If there is mould or mildew staining your outdoor cushions, take a gallon of water and dissolve into it: 1 cup of bleach and 1/4 cup of mild soap. Fill a spray bottle with this mixture and spray onto the stain. Allow it to sit for fifteen minutes and then rinse thoroughly, allowing the cushion to air dry.
Make sure they dry...
Drying your cushions properly before storing them is very important. Any traces of damp left could lead to mould and mildew forming and growing. Not pleasant! Try and dry them on a sunny day, flipping each side to allow equal exposure. Alternatively, dry them on the floor on newspaper or fabric in a heated and correctly ventilated room indoors.
Now they are ready!
When your outdoor cushions are clean and dry, you can start storing them away. Choose a suitable place for them to be stored. This may be the garage, the loft or a cellar. You could even choose a shelf in your wardrobe or draws under your bed. It's really up to you! The most important factor is that the shelter is cool and dry. It's a good idea to protect them by placing your cushions in plastic storage bags. Now, you're all ready to put them in your designated place and store them away for the winter. Then, when summer comes around, you can take out your sparkling clean and fresh cushions ready to impress your first BBQ guests!