As the winter snow melts away and warmer temperatures beckon you outside, you may realize your outdoor living space is in need of an upgrade. Shop our Patio Sale – starting April 1st!
Clean it up
Bite the bullet and give your outdoor space a good scrub. Empty out the dead plants into your compost pile, put away the snow shovel and wipe down the furniture.
If you have an awning or an umbrella, first brush off any loose dirt and hose it down. Prepare a cleaning solution of water and mild soap such as Woolite or Dawn dishwashing liquid and use a soft bristle brush to clean the fabric. Let the cleaning solution sink into the fabric, thoroughly rinse and air dry. You’ll be surprised at how much impact a simple spring clean can have on your outdoor space.
Care: Outdoor fabric is meant to be left outside, but it isn’t maintenance-free. Try to keep cushions, umbrellas, and pillows out of direct downpours, and they’ll have a longer life span. If items get soaked, lean them upright against a wall, and allow all the moisture to drain out. To spot clean, dip a rag in a solution of two parts bleach and one part water, and then wipe items clean. Mold and mildew stick to dirt, so shake out cushions often to get rid of dust, pollen, and dirt. If absolutely necessary, machine-wash cushion and pillow covers in cold water, and line dry.
Never put acrylic fabric in a dryer; it will melt.