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Is it Okay to Leave Patio Sofa Cushions Outside in the Rain?

An outdoor table with coffe and croissants infront of a patio sofa cushions.

It is okay to leave your cushions outside in the rain once they’re outdoor cushions. After all, that’s what they’re made to do. Additionally, they come with a water-resistant coating that repels water.

Having said that, bear in mind that because something is made for a specific reason, doesn’t mean you should abuse it.

Can Patio Cushions Withstand the Elements?

Everything, including your patio cushion, can only take so much and no more wear and tear. Patio cushions are built to withstand the elements, but you shouldn’t leave them outdoors throughout the year, regardless of the climate… read on. The one exception would be if your patio sofa is under cover.

Even if no one has planned a white-gloved inspection, it’s not a good idea to leave outside cushions uncovered or set and forget them without frequent cleaning. There is nothing worse than sitting on something that smells like rotting food, or worse, a mattress that is infested with bugs.

Find out how and when to store your patio cushions outside so that they last and look wonderful.

Is it is Safe to Leave Patio Cushions Outside at All?

A photo of rattan chair ifront of sofa cushions on the wooden patio.

We can leave patio cushions outside in mild weather and for short periods without risk. Cushions can be damaged by a wide variety of weather conditions, including direct sunshine and morning dew. I think it’s time to go through the basics again.

Does Sunlight Have Any Effect on Your Patio Couch?

A orange sofa cushion with four pillows directed to the sunlight.

The sun’s UV radiation can fade your pillows, especially if you live in a hot, dry region with few opportunities to escape the sun’s direct rays. Don’t allow your vibrant colors to go away because of a lack of attention. Keep your cushions covered while not in use. When not in use, you can also store them in patio storage boxes for quick and easy access.

Increased heat exposure occurs when the weather is warm and the sun is out. If possible, store cushions in an indoor closet or a place with a consistent temperature and humidity. You can prevent heat and moisture buildup by storing cushions in an airtight container. In a well-equipped garage with heating and insulation, keep them near the refrigerator and beneath the television.

Even With Water-resistant Cushion Covers, is it Possible for Rain to Damage Patio Cushions?

A photo pf sofa on patio outside in rainy day.

Even if it rains lightly, many throw pillows and duvets will still be dry and comfortable. In no way does this indicate that they can join you in the hot tub or sit outside in the rain.

As a result of living in a humid climate, your patio cushions may need to take a break from the outdoors as well. You don’t have to be concerned if the water beads up and runs off. You’ll want to dry the cushions as quickly as possible if water is constantly hitting or pooling on top of them.

Fortunately, there’s a simple trick you can use to keep your outdoor cushions dry all year round. During heavy rain, cover your patio cushions with water-resistant covers to keep them dry and out of harm’s way.

Protective clothing will let you quickly dry off after a rain shower or the cannonball splashed by your party pals. However, if too much water gets into your cushions, move them into the garage and allow them to air dry fully.

Would Everyday Dew Affect My Patio Cushions?

Even if your outdoor cushions are covered in water-resistant covers, the morning dew may not cause any harm. Even so, it’s better to keep them somewhere cool and dry overnight just in case. Having any form of moisture in your home can cause mildew or mold, and it can also draw in pests. Thank you, but no, thanks!

What Happens to the Outdoor Cushions During the Cold Season?

A photo patio of sofa cushions covered with snow.

During the winter, it’s ideal to keep your outdoor cushions stored out of the elements. Although we’ve never seen them, patio cushions should at the very least be covered if they’re going to be used in the winter. However,  if they’re not going to be stored in a temperature-controlled area. Protect yourself from them by hiding them under the table or behind a porch tarp.

Keep them at least six inches above the ground and dry if you store them under the table. If you’re going to use a tarp, make sure you secure the sides to keep it from blowing away and provide some breathing room around the edges.

It’s preferable to store your outdoor cushions for a few months if you live in a humid area or see regular snowfall throughout the winter.

How to Keep Your Outdoor Cushions Clean and Organized

A white cleaned sofa cushion outside directed to sunlight to dry.

Before putting your pillows away for the winter, ensure sure they’ve been thoroughly washed and dried according to Grandma’s instructions. Cushion covers should be cleaned according to the manufacturer’s directions, and the cushions should be scrubbed with a solution of water and mild soap, then let to dry.

If it’s warm and sunny outside, place them on a stand and rotate them periodically to ensure that they’re totally dry on all sides. Even if the weather isn’t ideal, you can lie next to them and work on your tan if the weather permits.

How to Keep Your Patio Cushion When Not in Use

Remember to keep your outdoor cushions dry and cool when looking for storage solutions. If you’re storing pillows for a short period and know there won’t be any moisture present, airtight containers are the best option.

If you don’t want to use garment bags or breathable containers, you can store pillows inside the house, where there is less of a temperature shift. In the event of a rainstorm, deck boxes are a great place to store cushions for the night. However, they are not the best option for long-term storage.

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