How To Clean Outdoor Upholstered Furniture

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The arrival of warm weather means it’s time to start sprucing up our outdoor spaces.  This post, How To Clean Outdoor Upholstered Furniture, will help you get your space spruced up in no time!

How To Clean Outdoor Upholstered Furniture

Now that spring is here, Hubby and I have a long list of chores and projects we would like to get done.  We’ve been working hard over the last month or so and have crossed several projects off our list.  (Thank you to OxiClean for sponsoring this post.  The opinions (and dirty furniture are all mine.)

The biggest project was repainting the concrete of our back patio.  Several years ago we had painted the concrete a dark brown and the patio was definitely beginning to show wear and tear.  (Certainly didn’t help that the kids and I had spilled a big plastic bag full of salty water in the middle of the porch when we were making ice cream in a bag- I had no idea salt water would eat through paint like that!)

I did like the original dark color, but it definitely had its drawbacks.  The main problem was the dark brown color showed every speck of dirt and it just never looked clean.   We would wash it constantly, but as soon as it dried the color would show every streak of dirt.  (Plus the stone on our walls is some sort of sandstone, so every time it got wet, the run off was full of sandy colored residue!)

This time around, we got smart and painted it a lighter solid color and then topped the 1st color with a different translucent color to give it a bit of depth.  Looks so much better!  (It even makes the inside a bit brighter since the lighter color reflects more light.)

You can see a bit of the new concrete color here in this picture:

How to Clean Outdoor Upholstery
Similar furniture set.

We’ve also been planting flowers, pulling weeds, trimming limbs and getting everything back into tip-top shape.  One of the only things left to work on is attempting to remove some of the stains that have magically appeared on the furniture cushions since last year.

I do know where a couple of the stains came from- we’ve adopted an outdoor kitty and she’s just the sweetest thing, but she throws up all the time!  She did manage to tag a couple of our seat cushions before we realized this and I still need to work on getting those stains out.  (We now tilt the chair cushions up when not in use and keep an old quilt draped over the couch.)

The other stain is definitely more of a mystery.  No one will fess up, but I have my theories.  I think a certain someone spilled juice or milk on their chair and didn’t bother letting anyone know so it could be cleaned properly.  I didn’t notice this stain for a couple of months, it’s so dark and set-in, I wasn’t sure I would be able to get it out.

But I did!  The cushion went from this:

How to clean Mold off of outdoor furniture

To this!

Can you believe that stain came out?

how to remove stains from furniture

My secret weapon for stains??  OxiClean™ Versatile Stain Remover!

how to use oxiclean to remove stains

Steps for: How to Clean Outdoor Upholstery

  1. Always test in an inconspicuous spot and allow to dry before using.
  2. Scrape away excess stain from fabric
  3. Add a scoop (fill to line 1)  of OxiClean™ Versatile Stain Remover to 16 oz warm water and mix well.
  4. Apply mixture generously to stain and let soak in for about 10 minutes
  5. Blot stain with clean towel, repeating this process 2 to 3 times.
  6. Stain still there? Time to get serious!  mix together another 16 0z of water and quarter scoop of OxiClean™
  7. Apply to stain and let sit for 30 minutes.  Do not let dry.
  8. After the solution has sat on stain- wet the towel and start scrubbing.  Rinse and repeat until the stain is gone.  (Make sure to rinse thoroughly when satisfied with stain removal.
  9. I repeated this process about 3 times to get my results!

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Our back patio is really looking great!

How To Clean Outdoor Upholstered Furniture
Similar bistro set.

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Disclosure: This post was sponsored by OxiClean through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about their Versatile Stain Remover, all opinions are my own.

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  1. Thanks for sharing this process! I was recently given some patio furniture from my friend who was moving, and it needed some major cleaning work. I usually just get all my indoor and outdoor upholstery cleaned once a year by a local carpet cleaning company and they do great work. But for just some old patio furniture, I thought I could clean it myself. Your method worked very well and I will definitely use it again. Thank you so much!!

  2. Marge Badman says:

    I have a question in regard to cushions. Is it possible to dye them. Mine are not spotted but terribly faded. Have you ever heard of just spraying on dye to resolve this problem?

    1. There are lots of paints out there that you can use on fabric. Good luck

  3. Wow, what a difference! My mom has a huge patio and several pieces of upholstered furniture, so I’ll share your cleaning tips with her. You have a really beautiful patio!

  4. Adriana Lopez says:

    I have alwasy wondered about this thanks for sharing yoru tips =)

  5. Neely Moldovan says:

    This is great. Our outdoor furniture is like the bane of my existence

  6. I’ve always avoided cushioned outdoor furniture because I assumed it’d be difficult to clean. This gives me hope for buying the set I’ve been admiring from afar.

  7. I have heard great things about Oxiclean but have never tried it! This definitely makes me want to try it.

  8. What? You got that out? I’m absolutely floored! That’s obviously something I need to add to my arsenal now.

  9. valmg @ Mom Knows It All says:

    My Mom used to bring her cushions in every night. It helped keep them from getting as dirty but what a pain. Your cushions look great, nice and bright and clean!

  10. Christine Tatum says:

    I have heard great things about Oxy Clean and this just confirms it. The furniture is saved! Hooray for Oxy Clean.