I have some lawn chairs that are kind of cotton, white with green flowers that after it rained they started to grow mold all over them. The humidity is so high here, I am sure that combined with the rain caused it. Now how do I get rid of it? How do I keep it from coming back? They are outside chairs.
By Kim from KS
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My outdoor cushions have 1 year old mold on them. How do I clean this up?
By Jean from KY
I use outdoor bleach on my cushions that have mold on them and a scrub brush. They come clean and dry in the sun. (06/10/2010)
How do I clean my outdoor cushions before I put them away for the winter?
By Kim R. from Stockbridge, MI
Martha Stewart, on her TV program, used Fels Naptha Bar soap and a scrub brush. Hose off and let dry in the sun. I bought the soap but haven't got around to using it yet. It's available in the supermarket and inexpensive too. (10/27/2009)
I had outdoor cushions that were black in the creases and had a few stains of unknown origin on them. I was being lazy so I threw them in my washer, one at a time, with Awesome cleaner. The stains came out, but one of the cushions tore from the stress of the machine. I would do them by hand, whatever you choose to clean them with. (10/29/2009)
I am trying to clean some patio outdoor furniture cushions that I believe are waterproof without affecting the waterproof ability of the cushions.
Replacement cushions are so costly, $50 a chair.
Please help me save these cushions and some money. We need to think green and not just spending more of the green stuff.
By Kay from MO
I've used Tilex before. But recently a woman told me about a product called Greased Lightening that is sold in the Dollar Tree. She said its best for everything even treating stains on clothing. (03/29/2009)
By Carol in PA
Bleach and water. Spray on and let it sit awhile and spray off. Depending on the fabric, that is what dictates the strength of the bleach. We have a pool and no outdoor coverage, roofs, etc. Everything is out in the open and the trees make everything so dirty. The black you are seeing is either mildew or organic matter from outside debris. Only bleach will get rid of this, like putting chlorine in your pool. (05/09/2007)
A product called Awesome, has worked on many different things for me, including mildew, test this first on a part that is not visible. Take a scrub brush and scrub it down good and rinse. There is nothing known that takes out mildew on cotton fabric. I had two wash cloths in a zip lock bag that I took shopping with two grands to wash their faces after eating, left them in the van several days in the hot summer heat and never found anything to take out the mildew. I am assuming mildew is what you are dealing with.
Most Dolllar stores and Everythings A Dollar stores carry Awesome and it can be mixed according to directions on the bottle, but most of the time I use it full strength on tough jobs.
I agree that bleach and water, half and half, with a scrub brush is also a good idea. If you are dealing with cloth and you find something to take out the mildew, please post it for all to use!
Martha in TN (05/11/2007)
What can I use to clean my outdoor furniture cushions with? My cushions need to be cleaned and I was thinking about taking them to the Laundromat and using automatic dish washing detergent (as they have mold stains in the creases). Has anyone else done this, or do you have something that you use that works well?
Liz from New Baden, IL
If cotton, I have no advice. If thicker threaded weave of vinyl, like mine, I used 1/2 bleach and 1/2 hot water then sprayed and brushed at same time, quickly rinsing. It had the beginnings of mold and dirt all over, but came perfectly clean when I rinsed it and let all cushions dry in sunlight. Good luck. God bless you.(01/16/2007)