Sharing how to keep outdoor patio cushions dry.
But first, do you remember the scene in Steele Magnolias when M’lynn screams when she realizes Shelby’s brothers have decorated her honeymoon car with …um protection? Well, that’s the same reaction I have when we are minutes from hosting a backyard BBQ and I attempt to plump the outdoor patio cushions only to realize it is a soggy patio cushion. The rain and snow have to go somewhere. And, the cushion just soaks up the rain or snow. After a rainstorm, our backyard looks like a drip-dry station for patio cushions.
And, then on some random day, while taking a kitchen trash bag for the 14th time that week, to the garage can I came up with an effortless way to keep patio cushions dry.
Sometimes the best ideas are based on the premise; do not overthink the solution to a problem.
The solution is simple and most of us have to look no further than under our kitchen sinks.
How to Keep Patio Cushions Dry
Last summer, with a forecast of more than two days of rain, I worried about how to keep my outdoor patio cushions from getting soaking wet. It wasn’t practical to bring them inside for every afternoon thunderstorm.
But, who wants to sit in a soggy patio cushion when the weekend comes around?
And, then inspiration struck when I grabbed a handful of plastic kitchen bags. It turns out plastic trash bags are a great resource to keep the foam cushions dry.
From there I unzipped the pillow covers and tucked the foam cushions into a plastic bag. I tied the bag shut and placed the wrapped foam cushion back in the pillow covers (from Ikea).
That’s it! And, it works. The reality is when the rain penetrates the pillow cover the cover dries after a morning of sunshine, but it’s the foam cushion that traps the moisture.
Those wet patio cushions lead to fun stuff like mold spores.
Who wants to sit on a cushion full of mold and mildew?
Thanks for stopping by! Now go cover those patio cushions!
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