Outdoor Cushion and Rug Care + Patio FAQ

Outdoor Cushion and Rug Care + Patio FAQ

Hey friends! Thank you so much for all the kind comments on my refreshed side patio. It has been a long process for the past 3 1/2 years or so to get it to this point with our outdoor spaces!!! If anyone else feels like their home progress has been sloooowwww….you know I can totally relate, hahaha.

I can’t wait to take a look back and show you all the phases it went through. Remembering how crazy some of the situations were actually makes me laugh now! But at the time….I wasn’t that amused :). Stay tuned for that post in the near future, along with an update on where we’re at now with our gates and next outdoor projects.

But first….I’ve had so many questions about our outdoor cushions, rugs, furniture and spaces that I thought it would be good to answer a couple of FAQ!

Outdoor Cushion and Rug Care + Patio FAQ

FAQ:

What do you do with all of your cushions and rugs when it rains?

We have our cushions and outdoor rugs out from about Mid-May through early November (or late October, depending on the weather). That’s about six months of the year!

We live in Seattle so obviously you might assume we have a lot of rain. So what do we do then? Honestly the weather has been pretty nice during those six months over the past few years, so it’s not been a big deal to have cushions out most of the time.

But, it does rain now and then, so here’s what I do when it does.

If it is just a brief rain, I don’t worry about it. All of the cushions and rugs we have are outdoor-friendly. They dry very well and have had no damage from a little rain.

But if we hear there is going to be a downpour for a day or a week :), we pile up the cushions on two outdoor “sofas” and put a tarp over each, tied down with a bungee cord so they don’t blow off in any gust of wind.

It doesn’t look beautiful but it does the trick. We used to bring them all inside but that’s a big pain, so tarps it is!

We do not worry about covering our outdoor rugs. We’ve had a few rugs in the past that didn’t do as well in a lot of rain, so we would roll them up and bring them in. But for the most part the rugs we have are fine in rain! And they clean up really well, too.

Outdoor Cushion and Rug Care + Patio FAQ

How do you get/keep your white outdoor cushions clean?

Believe it or not, we’ve had the same outdoor WHITE cushions for about FIVE YEARS! Yes, five years. And they look practically like new!

But what about …

Mud?
DOGS jumping on them with dirty feet?
Dirt?
Dust?
Beverages?
Food?

I’ve been asked about every possible scenario, so here’s my answer.

Yes, our dogs jump on our cushions. They get muddy or dusty footprints on them. Yes, people spill on them. Dirt ends up on them.

But when that happens, I simply use the same cleaner I use for my indoor white slipcovers (and basically every thing else in our house) and spot clean them as needed. It works so well!

I shared a quick video on Instagram the other day of my husband cleaning them, click HERE if you want to see!

Get the Thieves concentrate cleaner here. Trust. I promise you’ll love it all, it’s such good stuff for YOU and your HOME (and safe for your pets, too!).

Where do you store your furniture all winter?

We actually keep our furniture outside all year round. We do not have enough room anywhere else to store it, so almost all of it stays out in the elements! It has held up so well.

However, in the winter I do put the outdoor rugs and cushions in our little storage shed. No cute little “she shed” for me to work or lounge in. It’s jam packed with seasonal stuff.

Where did you buy your outdoor furniture, rugs, umbrellas and accessories?

A lot of it came from World Market. I love their price points and quality. We have this sectional in a different color. You can also order Replacement cushions …. although you may never need them since they seem to last forever! But since their furniture seems to last forever too, I recently ordered a couple of replacement cushions to have on hand, just in case.

Other FAQ on my outdoor spaces:

Outdoor Cushion and Rug Care + Patio FAQ

Do you still like your Trex deck?

YES!! We couldn’t be happier with it.

Find all the details on our Trex deck, the railing and the whole install process through Lowe’s along with the deck sources here.

Outdoor Cushion and Rug Care + Patio FAQ

How did you paint your concrete?

Find the answers here! >> How to paint your concrete steps or patio

Any other questions I could answer about taking care of our outdoor spaces or cleaning our outdoor cushions or rugs?

9 Elements for Enjoyable Outdoor Spaces

If you’ve been dreaming of outdoor areas you and your family can enjoy this summer, here are nine elements you can easily incorporate to make your yard or patio more inviting and comfortable!

1. DIY Firepit

9 Elements for Enjoyable Outdoor Spaces

My Easy DIY Firepit (15 minute DIY!)

An outdoor firepit will be a cozy gathering place for friends and family. S’mores or hot dogs, anyone? We built ours ourselves, and we are not at all DIY’ers (see the link for how to make it, above).

2. A Secret Garden

9 Elements for Enjoyable Outdoor Spaces
9 Elements for Enjoyable Outdoor Spaces

My Secret Garden

Even small yards can have a secret garden. What could be more magical and inviting than a little spot to sit and drink your morning coffee?

3. Outdoor Rugs

9 Elements for Enjoyable Outdoor Spaces

Rug Source / Spring in Our Outdoor Oasis (My Patio Tour)

Outdoor rugs help define smaller areas in your yard and make them feel as comfortable and welcoming as an indoor room!

9 Elements for Enjoyable Outdoor Spaces

Rug Source

4. Potting Areas

9 Elements for Enjoyable Outdoor Spaces

My Potting Cart Details

A little potting cart or bench can be a charming and practical addition to your backyard! Use them for potting plants, or make them do double duty as a serving cart or spot for entertaining.

9 Elements for Enjoyable Outdoor Spaces

Lily’s Garden Details

5. Conversation Areas

9 Elements for Enjoyable Outdoor Spaces

My Deck Tour and Makeover (and sources).

Two chairs and an ottoman make a perfect conversation area for two. If you have a large deck or backyard, create multiple conversation areas for bigger groups!

6. Dining Areas

9 Elements for Enjoyable Outdoor Spaces

My Deck Tour and Makeover

An outdoor dining area is the perfect spot for summer celebrations as well as a place to gather on a cool summer morning or evening.

9 Elements for Enjoyable Outdoor Spaces

Small spaces can be inviting with small tables for two!

9 Elements for Enjoyable Outdoor Spaces

Bistro Table Sources:

9 Elements for Enjoyable Outdoor Spaces

7. Small Accent Tables

9 Elements for Enjoyable Outdoor Spaces

My Small Deck Makeover (previous home!)

Even if you don’t have room for a full dining room table, tuck in a few small accent tables. They are so handy next to chairs or can be used to hold small lanterns or elevate plants. They are very easy to move around as needed!

9 Elements for Enjoyable Outdoor Spaces

Blue Garden Stool Source / Accent Table Source

9 Elements for Enjoyable Outdoor Spaces

8. Mood Lighting

9 Elements for Enjoyable Outdoor Spaces

Don’t have an electrical outlets or wired in lighting? Try these solar powered string lights. I just ordered several sets during the outdoor sale going on right now, you can’t have too many outdoor string lights for a magical glow along fences and porches.

9 Elements for Enjoyable Outdoor Spaces
9 Elements for Enjoyable Outdoor Spaces

Add candle light with small lanterns and battery operated candles. You can use a hook like this to hang lanterns in your garden!

9. Umbrellas

9 Elements for Enjoyable Outdoor Spaces

Shelter your outdoor spaces from the harsh sun with outdoor umbrellas. I get most of my umbrellas on sale here. Umbrellas also add such a festive and finished feel to an outdoor space, don’t you think?

Happy Weekend!

PS. Do you hesitate to be outside or can’t enjoy your backyard because of bugs in your area? I recommend an effective natural product (and a DIY essential oil blend) we use to deal with bugs! Check it out here!

9 Elements for Enjoyable Outdoor Spaces
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