Learn how to clean patio cushions the easy way

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Outdoor furniture can be difficult to keep clean with all of the outside dirt and elements it's constantly subjected to. But you can learn the best way to clean upholstery from The Cards We Drew. Abbey, the creator of the blog, shares with us her great tutorial on how to clean furniture. The nice thing about cleaning furniture outdoors is that patio furniture is usually upholstered with a very durable and pretty stain proof material. If you have lighter coloured fabric like Abbey does, it might be difficult to get rid of the stains completely, but at least they'll look better than they did before. Especially if your outdoor furniture has mould or critters living on it. This cleaning trick will get rid of all of that stuff. So first of all Abbey used her AutoRight Steam Cleaner to get a really deep clean. If you don't have a steam cleaner, you can invest in one, but you could maybe also borrow one from a friend or a family member too. These steam cleaners work to remove the dirt and grime, but they also kill 99% of the bacteria living in the fabric which is refreshing.

To make the cleaning solution, Abbey mixed around a tablespoon of Borax, with about 3-4 tablespoons Dawn dish soap and some water in a spray bottle. You don't have to use the exact recipe though, and you can play around to create your own cleaning solution. Once you have the cleaning solution made, just spray it on the fabric then let it sit for about 15 minutes. Then you can take your steamer and use the different tools like the scrubbing brush and crevice tool. The fabric steamer will get rid of the bacteria, the scrubbing tool will get rid of the stains, and the crevice tool will help you get into all of the little hard to reach spaces. Go over the fabric as many times as you need to with your steam cleaner and then you can rinse the pieces of furniture off with your garden hose and set them in the sun to dry for at least 24 hours. The sun can also work to bleach some of the stains out of the fabric as well as kill bacteria too or prevent more from growing. When you're all done, the upholstery will be much cleaner, and you won't feel so nervous to sit in your outdoor furniture anymore, scared of what might crawl out of it.

If you don't have a steam cleaner and can't find one to borrow, you can just use the solution for cleaning furniture on its own and let the pieces sit out in the sun to bake off all of the bacteria. The cleaning solution would also work well on your indoor upholstery as well if you wanted to give it a try and it will also work on your car seat upholstery well too. So if you want clean furniture throughout your home, just mix up some of this cleaning solution and have it on hand for any stains. It would probably also work well on carpet stains as well. Just always be sure to do a test spot first before you try anything new on your furniture or carpet, so you know how it will react to the material. Usually, it will be fine because they're such gentle ingredients, but you just never know how different fibres will react. For cleaning microfiber material, you should use rubbing alcohol to make sure no rings form on the furniture. Enjoy this cleaning tutorial and try others from The Cards We Drew.***

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