Many patio cushions are made from water-resistant materials such as polyurethane or polypropylene.
This means patio cushions are usually not fully waterproof but are able to withstand light rain and showers.
It is best to bring the cushions inside when heavy rain or stormy weather is on the way.
While you can leave outdoor cushions out in all weathers, doing so will damage them and cause noticeable wear and tear.
Are Patio Cushions More Water-Resistant Than Indoor Cushions?
Yes patio cushions are more water-resistant than regular cushions.
Many patio cushions contain a foam that is designed to let water pass through.
This helps prevent the cushions from becoming waterlogged and helps promote quick drying.
The foam in patio cushions is usually open-cell foam or polyester fibers which is different from the foam used for indoor cushions.
Memory foam and indoor foam used in indoor cushions is not water-resistant and will hold onto water.
This is why it is not a good idea to use indoor cushions outside.
They will quickly become worn and damaged by the weather.
Can I Leave Patio Cushions Out In The Rain?
You can leave patio cushions out in light rain and showers.
If possible, bring them in before heavy rain. If you don’t have time to bring the cushions in, don’t worry.
If the rain has been light it is a good idea to shake the cushions off and let them air out once the rain has stopped.
If the rain has been heavy, unzip the cushion and position them upright with the zipper facing down to help any water drain out and speed up the drying process.
Can I Make My Patio Cushions More Waterproof?
Yes, some people decide to spray their outdoor cushions with a waterproofing spray to increase their resistance to water and prolong their life.
Generally, cushions that are designed for patios and outdoor use will already be water-resistant to some extent but their effectiveness varies between products.
For example, some lower-cost patio cushions may not be shower-proof so increasing their resistance with waterproofing spray may be a good idea.
You can always double-check the product information before leaving the patio cushions outside.
Store Cushions Away When Not in Use
If you are not going to be making use of your rattan furniture for a while it is a good idea to store your patio cushions away.
It is best to wash the covers and make sure they are completely dry before putting them into storage.
Store them in a well-ventilated box or bag to help prevent mildew from forming.