How to Clean Outdoor Upholstery

A Step-by-Step Guide


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As we’re nearing the end of summer, how did your outdoor upholstery hold up? After surprise rain showers and some barbeque spills, they are probably looking a little worn, well-loved, and maybe even neglected. Get them back into tip-top shape for your end-of-summer hoorah or prep them for storage with these tips to clean your outdoor upholstery.

How to Clean Outdoor Upholstery

Step 1: Read the Label & Test.

As always, see if there are specific instructions for cleaning certain items. You even be surprised to learn some of your outdoor fabrics can be machine-washed! Before you tackle the whole cushion, do a hidden test spot to make sure your cleaning method won’t discolor the fabric. We recommend testing the bottom of the cushion in a discrete corner.

Step 2: Check the Forecast.

You want to choose a sunny day when rain isn’t in the forecast for the next few days. You’ll want to give your cushions plenty of time to dry before covering them to protect them from adverse weather.

Step 3: Brush off Excess Dirt First.

Before you use your cleaning product, brush off the excess dirt and grime. Otherwise, you’ll end up rubbing the dirt right into the fabric and creating a bigger mess when you add water.

Step 4: Clean According to Directions.

Get to work cleaning the upholstery according to the directions on the label.

Step 5: Dry

Don’t just put the cushion right back on the chair! While it might be tempting to see your hard work in its finished state, place your cushions in a spot where they can get the most airflow so all sides dry. Otherwise, the leftover water could settle to the bottom, creating the perfect environment for mold and mildew inside the cushion.

Call JDog Carpet Cleaning to Clean Your Outdoor Upholstery

We know how to clean the most sensitive and durable fabrics in your home. Call us today at 844-655-JDOG to schedule an upholstery cleaning service. You can feel confident the Veterans and Military family members at JDog Carpet Cleaning will provide transparent pricing, show up on time and in uniform, and won’t stop working until your project is completed to the highest standards.


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