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The weather in Southern Connecticut has definitely been warmer this month, making more of a reason to use our patio spaces and boat cushions as much as possible. Although it’s nice to enjoy every last bit of the warm weather before it goes into our colder months, it’s important to have a plan in for your outdoor furniture for the winter.

Outdoor Cushions, Umbrellas and Area Rugs all have decorative importance in our patio sets. These textiles can get expensive, so it’s important to know how to maintaining the fabric and keep it looking like new. One of the biggest parts of extending the lifespan of the fabric is making sure you maintain them. Using a soft nylon brush will help remove off pollen or debris can easily be done in your backyard or on your boat. This also can help remove dry particle soil that contributes to mold growth. We also recommend investing in furniture covers to help protect them from weather elements.

When it comes time to start prepping your yard or boat for winter, it’s best to give your cushions a deep clean by a professional to ensure optimal success. This also means that a professional will ensure dryness after each cushion is thoroughly washed, so there is no risk of mold or mildew in the fabric. Keeping an annual cleaning routine also helps minimize and slow the process of yellowing and fading on the cushion (depending on the quality of the fabric).

Professional cleaning as well as exposure to outdoor elements can have an effect on the protectant on your outdoor cushions. For this reason, it’s important to be sure that the professional cleaning is adding a protectant back on after the cleaning process.

Lastly, storing your cushions away for the winter season is part of preserving the condition of your cushions. Keeping them in a controlled space will help prolong the lifespan of your cushions and keeping them look like new!