See that window with the plantation shutters in the top left-hand corner of this photo?
That’s where I stood all winter.
Looking back at the meadow.
Looking back at the snow.
Looking back at the wind and the weather and the rain and the sleet and the toll winter can take on a porch.
And then one day….
….I saw this.
(total aside: On second thought–maybe you shouldn’t click. I’m not sure if you will still want to be friends.)
It covered all the cushions and pillows.
Yards and yards and yards of disgustingness.
Looking out of that window this weekend–I finally decided I couldn’t take it anymore. Something had to be done. Someone had to show that mold to the door and un-invite it to the back porch. It took a little time to figure out how to clean it, but eventually I figured out the best tip.
Now the pillows look like this.
Can you even believe it?
Does it even look like the same cushion?
That is the EXACT same chair.
Let’s back up and look at the whole porch.
All the cushions.
All the chairs.
They look like they are ready for a party.
Let’s start with what didn’t work and what worked.
I had two ideas. Idea number one–unzip the cushion covers and put the cushions in the washer and let the washer do all the hard work.
Except I tried it on the dining room chairs and the material shrunk up and when I put the cushion back into the cover, it looked all wonky and totally un-summer like and kind of crammed into too small of a space.
Kind of like when I try my summer white jeans on for the first time after too many winter brownie sundaes.
So I put these pillows temporarily on the chairs until I can new ones and went on to idea number two.
Spraying off the pillows.
The water from the hose didn’t even make a dent.
Not even close.
After 30 minutes of spraying the pillows were still covered with winter.
Until I tried this.
Dawn dish washing detergent.
The blue one.
I scrubbed and scrubbed and scrubbed it into the cushions with a scrubber sponge. It took extra elbow grease to get it into every nook and cranny and into the fibers of the cushions. Then the cushions were sprayed and the mold just came right off.
Now the cushions are so much better.
The porch is happy.
Everything is fluffed and decorated and straightened and cleaned and ready for a party.
And that view from that window?
So much better.
It looks just like summer. 🙂
PS Here’s how I made the giant over-sized sign over the potting bench.
PPS Here’s the story on the birdhouse on the porch. It’s one of my favorites EVER.
PPPS If you have tips for cleaning cushions, I’d love to file them in my cushion-cleaning idea book. 🙂