If you ever have been blessed with a set of cool and comfortable seats, outdoor seating. You know that you will need to compliment all of that with some soft and comfy cushions. However, you might need to keep in mind that these things will not last long if they’re all just left outside when not used. Thankfully, there are several ways to make sure that these things won’t get too damaged. Here is a list of ways to protect your outdoor cushions. Follow these, and you can surely get a lot of use from your outdoor cushion for years to come!
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Get Some Proper Cushion Storage
One of the easiest and fastest ways to protect these outdoor cushions is to get yourself effective outdoor cushion storage. Keeping them inside containers or storage is the first logical choice to keep them from wearing out. There are a lot of these outdoor storage boxes being sold everywhere today. And these things come in varying shapes, sizes, color and build. All are designed to not only store your outdoor cushions but also protect them from the elements.
Make Some DIY Weather Proof Cases
If you’re still waiting on your outdoor storage boxes to come in the mail, and if the rainy season is still a bit far away at this point, leaving the cushions out there in the sun would surely wear out the colors quickly. Even if it doesn’t look all that sunny, as long as these things are out and exposed to the elements, these things will always be worn out by UV rays. But you can remedy that with some sunproof fabrics. You can sew up some cushion cases made of these kinds of fabrics. These also come in a lot of colors and patterns. You can choose from a lot of versions out there.
Look For More Creative Ways For Protection
If there aren’t any sunproof fabrics available, there are many sun-resistant UV sprays available as well. Most sprays will work on a myriad of fabrics, but always remember to follow the manufacturer’s directions for these things to work properly. A very important detail is to use these kinds of sprays in a well-ventilated area. This is to allow them to dry completely before they get placed back into the furniture.
If You Can Do So, Keep All Your Outdoor Cushions Dry
If the previous items aren’t available, there are many ways to protect your outdoor cushions. The idea here is to make sure that you prevent moisture from building up on or inside the outdoor cushions. If moisture sets in and stays in place for quite a while, mold will start building up. And that’s something you wouldn’t want. You can get creative here and cover them up with plastic or even with big vinyl sheets when you are not using them. Doing that can also help when you need to protect them during sunny days when the sun is highest in the sky.
Maintain Them By Keeping Them Clean
Anything that is regularly being cleaned will always have a longer life. Debris, small amounts of salts, and dust that build up at a microscopic level will slowly and surely destroy these cushions over some time. And so, regardless if you have storage or protective techniques applied to these cushions, if your outdoor cushions are regularly being used, you should always make sure that you get to wipe them down to keep them clean and fresh.
Use Those Plastics
Speaking of plastics, don’t be stingy when it comes to using all those plastic covers. Even if it might not be as aesthetically pleasing to look at, the good side here is that you will be able to keep the life of these cushions longer.
Covering the cushions with clear plastic will help keep these cushions completely free of moisture. And the most important point of plastic covers is that they are extremely inexpensive.
The key with plastic covers is to not wrap them too tight. If there isn’t any airflow at all and when these cushions just came from the outdoors, moisture could still build up over time.
Store them Indoors
There are instances that there could be more room inside the house to help store these cushions. If they’re not being used outside, you can bring them in for a while just to protect them from the elements. You could go another level and wrap them in plastic even if they’re all inside, as dust and other indoor elements can still collect on the surfaces of the cushions.
It is fairly easy to maintain, keep and protect outdoor cushions when you already know what variables in this vast equation need to be avoided. Moisture, debris, and excessive sunlight can all be avoided if you follow these tips. Take care of your outdoor cushions so you can make them last longer.
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