How to Clean Sun Lounger Cushions?
It’s a question that comes up time and time again, How to Clean Sun Lounger Cushions?
Sun loungers are fantastic, they provide a soft, comfy place to lay on the beach or by the pool or just to soak up the rays in the back garden.
Now, we may not have the same all year round sun of California or some tropical paradise but we do appreciate chilling on a sun lounger when the sun does make an appearance and when we do, we also appreciate that they are a great place to catch some rays and also to put your feet up and relax in the evenings with a good book, beer or glass of wine.
The only drawback is that they can get rather soiled with lots of use and while we did write a really useful guide to how to clean a sun lounger?, one thing that is often overlooked is the cushions.
So, for those of you that aren’t overly sure how to go about it, here is a complete guide on How to Clean Sun Lounger Cushions.
How to clean sun lounger cushions?
There are a few things to bear in mind when you are cleaning the cushions. If they need to be cleaned on a regular basis, the best way to do this is by removing them from the sun lounger and hand washing them with a mild detergent.
Most sun lounger cushions do not need to be washed very often. For a quick cleanup, the removable covers can usually just be removed and hosed down whilst the fixed ones can just be wiped with warm water and sprayed with anti-bacterial cleaner.
Continue reading for our tips on particular types of cushions below
Why clean your sun lounger cushions?
Your sun lounger cushions are there to look after your comfort, but they can get a bit grotty over time. And, by cleaning your sun lounger cushions, you’re doing both yourself and your sun lounger a favour. Here are some reasons why you should stop putting off cleaning them:
To get rid of stains and marks – yes, we know they can really spoil the look of your sun lounger. And yes, we do advise you to get a waterproof cover for your sun lounger to stop this from happening in the first place but accidents do happen.
So that the sun lounger doesn’t look too awful and is a positive addition to your garden.
Because you will be more at ease – if your sun loungers are dirty, it can make you feel more uncomfortable. And we do all have to take care of ourselves! So clean your sun loungers for yourself and for everyone who comes along to use them.
To keep insects at bay – they can build up quite quickly so blow off every now and again (if that is even possible). It’ll get rid of dead skin cells and insect eggs. Nobody wants to attract insects because they didn’t clean their cushions!
How often should you clean your sun lounger cushions?
Depending on how often you use your sun lounger, you should think about cleaning your sun lounger cushions periodically.
For example, if you use your lounger at least once or twice a week – the cushions are going to need a bit of a clean at least once a month. You can do this with an anti-bacterial spray which is very easy to buy off the shelf and then run them through the washing machine when they have dried.
If you use it once a month – cleaning every month or even every three months is not a bad idea.
If you use it less than once a month – well, why not just leave your sun lounger cushions for when you really need them. A clean and dry cover is the best way to protect them from the elements. And if you can’t get to them, they will be at least clean for the next time you use them.
You don’t want dirty cushions when you need them most (when you have guests!) or when the sun does come out and you’re rushing to catch that “Brit-Tan”! And, as long as they are clean, there is no reason why you shouldn’t leave them for long periods of time between cleanings.
How to clean removable sun lounger cushions?
Firstly, you will need to take them off your sun lounger. Then, hose them down and wipe them off with an anti-bacterial spray and a damp cloth. Make sure that everything is completely dry before putting them back on or putting your cover over them again.
If there is a bit of mould on them, make sure you get the anti-bacterial spray that is the correct type for your sun lounger cushions. And if they are missing their covers, wipe them off and put a cover over them to stop any damage.
If they look particularly grubby, it’s probably a good idea to run them through the washing machine or do a quick sink-wash if you can.
How to clean fixed sun lounger cushions?
If you have sun lounger cushions that are fixed to your sun lounger, you don’t need to take them off (and it might not be possible anyway). It’s actually easier to clean them off directly from the sun lounger.
Firstly, hose your cushions down and wipe them off with an anti-bacterial spray and a damp cloth before they are completely dry. You should also do the rest of the frame (if any). If there is a bit of mould on them, make sure you get the anti-bacterial spray that is the correct type for your sun lounger cushions. And if they are missing their covers, simply wipe them off.
How to clean outdoor cushions?
Outdoor cushions can be cleaned with the same methods above but obviously, these types of cushions are designed to stay outdoors, in more extreme conditions so are more likely to be more durable.
If you want to clean them in a hurry and for a quick cleaning method, it is best that you just hose them down and wipe them off with an anti-bacterial spray and a damp cloth before they completely dry.
Make sure that everything is completely dry before putting them back on your sun lounger or putting your cover over them again.
How do you clean waterproof sun lounger cushions?
If your sun lounger is all in one and is made of waterproof material, you can simply hose it down or even use a detachable showerhead to clean the whole thing. The best thing to do if this is the case is just going over it with an anti-bacterial spray first before actually spraying out the dirt when cleaning it.
How do you clean non-waterproof sun lounger cushions?
You can’t hose off your sun lounger cushions that aren’t waterproof (well, you could but it is going to damage the cushions.)
With the non-waterproof sun loungers, all you have to do is wipe them down with a fabric spray and an anti-bacterial spray. A mild detergent should also work well on these types of sun lounger cushions. These are the ones that really need to be treated with a sun lounger cover to keep them in good condition.
Your cushions are really a part of your whole sun lounger experience. They enhance the comfort and often, the look of your furniture so, if you want to take pride in the cleanliness and want your lounger to look its best when you’re ready to use it (no doubt while dodging those summer showers!), a little time invested in cleaning those cushions can make all the difference!
If you haven’t got any sun lounger cushions or are looking to buy some new ones, then take a look at the best-selling sun lounger cushions on the market today. Don’t forget to protect your sun lounger with a good quality Sun Lounger Cover.