How to Clean Patio Furniture Fabric

Patio furniture fabric can become dirty and stained over time, mainly due to its constant exposure to the elements.
Mold, mildew and plain dirt commonly form on patio furniture fabric, leaving it looking dirty and dingy. Patio furniture should be cleaned regularly to maintain its appearance. Cleaning and removing stains from patio furniture fabric will leave the fabric and furniture looking like new.

Step 1

Remove the cushions from the furniture and lay them on a clean, flat surface to clean the fabric. Brush off the fabric with a soft scrub brush to remove loose debris and dirt.

Step 2

Mix a cleaning solution in a bucket. Use 1 quart warm water and 1 tbsp. borax powder, or mix together 1/4 cup mild dish soap per gallon of warm water. Either cleaning solution will work well to clean the fabric.

Step 3

Spot clean any stubborn stains prior to cleaning the entire fabric. Pour lemon juice directly onto the stains and allow it to dry. This will loosen the stains.

Step 4

Dip a sponge or scrub brush into the bucket of cleaning solution. Scrub the fabric gently with the cleaning solution, cleaning both sides of the fabric. Avoid scrubbing too forcefully so as not to damage the fabric.

Step 5

Fill a bucket with plain water. Scrub the fabric with a sponge and plain water to remove any cleaning solution and dirt residue.

Step 6

Allow the fabric to dry completely in the sun. Pour white vinegar into a spray bottle and thoroughly spray the fabric with the vinegar. This will protect the fabric from future stains of mold and mildew.

Step 7

Combine 2 parts baking soda and 1 part warm water into a bucket if the fabric is still dirty, or for an alternative cleaning method. Scrub the fabric with a scrub brush and the baking soda mixture to remove any remaining dirt. Rinse the fabric with plain water and allow it to dry in the sun. Spray with the vinegar solution to protect the fabric.

Things You Will Need

  • Soft scrub brush
  • Bucket
  • Warm water
  • 1 tbsp. borax powder
  • 1/4 cup mild dish soap
  • Lemon juice
  • Sponge
  • Spray bottle
  • White vinegar
  • Baking soda

About the Author

Kimbry Parker has been writing since 1998 and has published content on various websites. Parker has experience writing on a variety of topics such as health, parenting, home improvement and decorating. She is a graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor of Arts in organizational communication.