How to Clean Your Custom Outdoor Seat Cushions - RSH Decor

How to Clean Your Custom Outdoor Seat Cushions

At RSH Decor, we believe that outdoor seat cushions are not just accessories; they're the heart of your outdoor oasis. Their beauty and comfort play a pivotal role in creating a welcoming and inviting outdoor space. However, your outdoor seat cushions are subjected to the elements, from scorching sun to sudden rain showers. 

Regular maintenance not only preserves their aesthetic appeal but also prolongs their lifespan. It's a testament to your commitment to enjoying the beauty of your outdoor environment year-round.

Regular Cleaning Routine

Maintaining the allure of your custom outdoor seat cushions begins with establishing a regular cleaning routine. At RSH Decor, we understand the pivotal role of routine maintenance in preserving the beauty and comfort of your cushions. 

The Importance of Routine Maintenance

Routine maintenance is the foundation of long-lasting and beautiful seat cushions. By incorporating regular cleaning into your outdoor living habits, you not only extend the lifespan of your cushions but also ensure that they remain inviting and comfortable. It's a small yet impactful investment in the ongoing enjoyment of your outdoor space.

Steps for Basic Cleaning

  1. Dusting: Gently dust off your seat cushions with a soft brush or cloth. This removes loose dirt, dust, and debris that may have settled on the surface.
  2. Shaking: Periodically, take your cushions outside and give them a good shake. This action dislodges any embedded particles and freshens up the fabric.
  3. Vacuuming: Use a handheld vacuum cleaner with a soft brush attachment to thoroughly clean your cushions. Pay special attention to crevices and seams where debris can accumulate.

Tips for Preventing Debris Buildup

To minimize the need for frequent cleaning, consider the following preventative measures:

  1. Store your cushions in a dry, covered area when not in use.
  2. Use furniture covers or protective storage bags during extended periods of non-use or during inclement weather.
  3. Encourage guests to brush off excess dirt before sitting on the cushions.

By incorporating these routine cleaning practices and preventative measures into your outdoor living routine, you'll ensure that your custom outdoor seat cushions remain as inviting and comfortable as the day you first enjoyed them. 

Cleaning Stains and Spills

While routine maintenance is essential, occasional stains and spills are inevitable in outdoor living. Here’s how you can address common outdoor stains

  • Dirt and Dust: Begin by gently brushing off loose dirt. For stubborn dirt, use a mild detergent and water solution.
  • Food and Beverage Stains: Blot excess liquids and solids with a clean cloth. Then, treat the stain with a mixture of mild detergent and water. Rinse thoroughly.
  • Bird Droppings: Remove as much of the substance as possible without rubbing. Use a mixture of water and vinegar to clean the area.
  • Tree Sap: Place ice on the sap to harden it, then gently scrape off the hardened sap. Clean the residue with rubbing alcohol.

Spot Cleaning Techniques

Each type of stain requires specific treatment. We'll provide tailored spot-cleaning techniques to address stains effectively. Spot cleaning outdoor seat cushions from RSH Decor is a straightforward yet effective process. When faced with a stain or spill, start by blotting excess liquids or solids gently with a clean cloth. Avoid rubbing, as it can push the stain deeper into the fabric. 

Next, identify the type of stain you're dealing with, whether it's dirt, food, bird droppings, or other substances. Our tailored spot-cleaning techniques guide you on the right approach for each stain, ensuring that you address the issue without compromising the integrity of your custom outdoor cushions. With the right method and a bit of patience, you can swiftly restore your cushions to their pristine condition and continue enjoying the beauty and comfort they provide.

Deep Cleaning and Fabric-Specific Care

Over time, outdoor seat cushions can accumulate dirt, oils, and other contaminants that routine cleaning may not completely remove. Deep cleaning is essential to refresh and revitalize your cushions, ensuring they maintain their beauty and comfort. 

Follow these step-by-step instructions to ensure a thorough and rejuvenating clean.

Materials You'll Need:

  • Mild detergent
  • Water
  • Soft brush or cloth
  • Bucket
  • Sponge or soft scrub brush
  • Hose or large basin
  • Clean towels or cloths

Step 1: Prepare Your Cushions

Start by removing your cushions from your outdoor furniture and placing them on a clean, flat surface.

Step 2: Dust and Shake

Gently dust off loose dirt and debris from the cushions using a soft brush or cloth.

Give the cushions a good shake to dislodge any remaining particles.

Step 3: Create a Cleaning Solution

In a bucket, mix a mild detergent with water to create a soapy solution. Avoid using harsh or abrasive cleaning agents.

Step 4: Scrub the Cushions

Using a soft scrub brush, sponge, or cloth, dip it into the soapy solution and gently scrub the entire surface of the cushions.

Pay special attention to stained or soiled areas, applying a bit more pressure if necessary.

Step 5: Rinse Thoroughly

Rinse the cushions thoroughly with a hose or in a large basin of clean water. Ensure that all soap residue is completely removed.

Step 6: Allow to Dry

Lay the cushions flat in a well-ventilated area to air dry completely. Ensure they are placed on a clean surface to avoid any transfer of dirt or contaminants.

Step 7: Check for Stubborn Stains

If stubborn stains persist after this initial cleaning, refer to our stain removal techniques provided earlier in this guide for specific advice.

Step 8: Reassemble and Enjoy

Once your cushions are dry and stain-free, reassemble them on your outdoor furniture, and relish in their refreshed beauty and comfort.

By following these steps, you'll ensure that your custom seat cushions remain in impeccable condition, ready to provide you with a cozy and inviting outdoor seating experience for years to come.


Our comprehensive guide has covered everything from routine maintenance to deep cleaning, fabric-specific care, stain removal, and more. Remember that proper maintenance of your custom seat cushions isn't just about preserving their appearance; it's about ensuring their longevity. When well-cared for, your cushions will continue to offer the comfort and style that make your outdoor space an inviting oasis. They're a testament to your commitment to enjoying the beauty of outdoor living without compromise.

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