Having your own home requires a lot of duties and responsibilities. First to the list will be the bills and budgeting you do within your home. Then it does not end there, you will also have to maintain it. You have to look for the things that need to be fixed and repaired. You also need to watch out for the things that need to be replaced. And of course, the best way to maintain your stuff is by cleaning them.
Cleaning your home involves both indoors and outdoors. You may have some similar furniture for both. But of course, the cleaning will be done in different ways and approaches. The furniture outside may have more dirt because of the air. An example of this is the cushions. You will certainly have those inside your house. But there will be also for your patio, and it is cleaned differently. Here are the steps:
1. Mix the Solution
The first thing that is needed to be done is to prepare the solution. You will need to mix one tablespoon of dishwashing detergent and one tablespoon of borax into a quart of warm water if your pillow has mildew. If they do not, you will not need the borax. The liquid dishwashing detergent will be just enough. You can place it in a spray bottle if you want to, but you can just pour it in them if you do not have one.
2. Remove Excess Dirt
If the pillows have covers, remove them. Before applying the solution, you will have to remove the excess dirt and debris from them. You can either clap them together or dust them with cloths or even vacuuming them.
3. Soak and Hand Wash the Cushions
Pillows should be hand washed and the first step to this is soaking the pillows with the solution and then waiting for 15 minutes before proceeding. Keep doing it until you are satisfied. You may even use a brush to remove some spots and stains that are hard to remove.
Then after washing them, it is time to rinse. Use a garden hose for this. It is discouraged to use a power washer because it can damage the pillows or even break them. You can still do it though as long as the pressure is very low, and you are very careful.
5. Machine Wash the Covers
As for the covers that were removed, you can have them washed in a washing machine. Just be sure you know and follow the instructions for it.
Before leaving them to air dry, towel dry them first as thoroughly as possible. The cushion should be standing up while drying. To avoid mildews, make sure to have them completely dry and have no moisture.
7. Add Fabric Protector
For protection, have a fabric protector and spray it all over them. This will make them resist some dirt and avoid stains. It will also make it a lot easier for them to be cleaned in the future.