outdoor patio furniture cushion careSpringtime brings great outdoor weather, but it also brings rain showers and thunderstorms. And that means a lot of damp seats on your patio furniture.

It's important to protect your patio furniture cushions because they can easily be ruined when neglected in rainy weather. The last thing you want is to see your beautiful patio furniture get overrun with mold.

Fortunately, protecting your patio furniture is simple and easy. All you have to do is follow these tips we've listed and you'll be good to go.

What to Do When Your Furniture Gets Rained on?

There are a number of preventative measures you can take to avoid your furniture cushions getting wet, but what happens if you get caught by a surprise shower?

The first thing you want to do is remove the wet cushions from the furniture and hang them out to dry. If you leave the wet cushions sitting there, mold can accumulate and start spreading all over the furniture. The sunlight will dry them out and kill any mildew odors.

If the wet cushions had been sitting on the furniture for several days you should clean the furniture and cushions. Wiping the furniture down with some mild soap, water and a sponge/rag will take care of it. Use some fabric soap and water on the cushions before you hang them to dry.

Storing Patio Cushions Away From Wet Weather

One of the most common ways to avoid issues with wet weather is to store your cushions when you aren't using them. Where you store them is up to you.

Some people store their cushions inside their home somewhere, in their garage, or in a shed in the backyard. If you want to keep your cushions handy, you should look into buying a deck box, which is an outdoor storage container. These are convenient to use and come in a wide variety of colors and styles, making it easy to match your patio furniture set.

Covering Your Patio Furniture to Protect from Rain

If moving you cushions back and forth doesn't sound fun to you, investing in a cover for each of your furniture pieces might be a better option. Patio furniture covers are easy to find and there's a cover for virtually every kind of furniture piece you need protected.

Most patio furniture covers are made of a durable water-repellant material and adjust easily to different sizes. If you live somewhere that has particularly stormy weather, you should make sure that the cover has secure straps that prevent the cover from flying away in strong wind.