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What is the Best Way to Weatherproof Outdoor Cushion Covers in Australia?

What is the Best Way to Weatherproof Outdoor Cushion Covers in Australia?

Outdoor cushion covers from Resort Style Bean Bags face unique challenges due to Australia’s diverse and often extreme weather conditions. To keep your outdoor cushions looking fresh and extending their lifespan, it’s essential to weatherproof them effectively. Here are some detailed strategies:

1. Choose Weather-Resistant Materials

For the best results, select fabrics that are designed to withstand Australian weather. Acrylic and Olefin are top choices:

  • Acrylic: Known for its superior UV resistance, making it ideal for areas with intense sun exposure. The downside is this fabric is more expensive than Olefin.
  • Olefin: Offers excellent durability, resistance to mold and mildew, and is generally more affordable than acrylic fabrics. It’s perfect for cushions that will be exposed to the elements continuously.

For more information on fabric options, visit Resort Style Bean Bags’ Fabric Information page.

2. Apply a Fabric Protector

Enhance the durability of your cushion covers by applying a fabric protector like Scotchgard Outdoor Water and Sun Shield. This product creates a barrier against moisture, stains and the sun, which is crucial during Australia’s unpredictable weather. Follow the detailed guide on how to apply it properly here.

3. Use Waterproof Cushion Inserts

Prevent cushions from absorbing water by using waterproof inserts, or quick dry foam, especially during sudden rain showers. This is particularly important in regions like Brisbane or wider Queensland where unexpected downpours are common.

4. Store Cushions When Not in Use

One of the simplest ways to protect your cushions is by storing them when they are not in use. Invest in a weather-resistant storage solution:

  • Waterproof storage bins: Ideal for a range of cushions and can blend with your outdoor décor.
  • Waterproof storage bags: Suitable for fewer or smaller cushions.

For more tips on storing cushions, visit the storing your outdoor cushions guide.

5. Clean Regularly

Regular cleaning is essential to maintain the appearance and durability of your outdoor cushions:

  • Brush off dirt and debris: This should be done weekly to prevent dust and dirt from embedding in the fabric.
  • Spot clean stains: Use mild soap and water to clean minor stains.
  • Deep clean periodically: Depending on the material, some covers can be machine washed. Always check the care label for specific instructions.

For detailed cleaning tips, check out the cleaning your outdoor cushions guide.

6. Provide Shade

Prolonged exposure to direct sunlight can be harsh. Using umbrellas, pergolas, or shade sails can protect your cushions from UV damage, reducing the risk of fading and material degradation. This is particularly important in areas with high UV exposure, such as northern Australia.

7. Invest in Protective Covers

Heavy-duty, waterproof protective covers are essential to shield your cushions from rain, dust, and UV rays. This is particularly beneficial in regions with frequent weather changes, like Melbourne. At Resort Style Bean Bags, we can also make protective covers in Olefin. These are relatively lightweight and Olefin fabric is the best choice for prolonged outdoor exposure. Contact us to discuss your needs

outdoor furniture with protective covers over them

Additional Tips for Weatherproofing

  • Regular Fabric Protector Reapplication: Apply fabric protectors like Scotchgard after you have cleaned your cushions (at least once per season) to maintain their effectiveness.
  • Proper Drying: After cleaning, always dry cushions thoroughly in the shade to prevent mold and mildew.
  • Preventative Measures: During high humidity periods, use desiccants in storage bags to absorb moisture and prevent mold growth.

By implementing these weatherproofing strategies tailored to Australian conditions and utilizing the high-quality fabrics offered by Resort Style Bean Bags, you can ensure your outdoor cushion covers remain in top condition, providing comfort and style for years to come. Regular maintenance and proactive protection are key to enduring Australia’s diverse climate.

To learn how to protect your actual furniture, read our guide here