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post #1 of Old 11-22-2006, 10:07 PM Thread Starter
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patio cushions

can anyone give me a way to clean cushions?ive tried just about everything.
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post #2 of Old 11-23-2006, 07:53 AM
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I clean quite a few patio cushions both in Autumn and Spring, as ad-on sales, normally when doing other upholstery cleaning.

They are mostly cotton or cotton/polyester so present no particular cleaning problems except in respect of sun-blockers. These products are typically oil-based and after oxidisation and UV baking they can be tenacious. An ammoniated upholstery pre-spray, possibly with some added alcohol is a good approach though if you were UK-based I could recommend an excellent detergent-free cleaner.

What presents the greatest challenge is where a sun-tan lotion incorporates some self-tanning ingredient, and this on a cotton print. The self-tanning additive is a dye and it can penetrate below the print, making effective, non-destructive removal an impossibility.
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post #3 of Old 11-26-2006, 06:36 PM Thread Starter
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thank-you

thanks john for your reply i apreciate you taking the time to respond
I have tried spotters and presprays with no help at all
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post #4 of Old 12-09-2008, 03:14 AM
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If you have a steamer you can bring the foam back to live and it helps to rid the foam of odors.
Another thing is to toss the foam onto a cold surface (like cold cement), you do this after steaming it. It will help the foam keep it's shape.

After cleaning mist the fabric with a 50/50 mix Downy fabric softener/water.

Part of me misses hanging rag

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