Many fabrics perform well as outdoor cushion covers but sooner or later even the best foam and fabrics buckle to wear and tear. With the correct maintenance, the outdoor cushions can have an extended lifespan but foam replacement and covers should be changed at least every 3 years.
Change Foam Before it Becomes a Health Hazard
The first sign that the outdoor foam cushions need replacement is that mildew has started to discolor the fabric and mold, due to moisture build-up on the foam is setting in. This is a health issue and it would be suggested that you replace the soft furnishing on the patio.
Replace Outdoor Cushions Before Storing
Do not store outdoor cushions before replacing them, cushions that have been utilized the entire summer and then stored are a breeding ground for mold, and will not be suitable to use after a long cold winter. If the cushions are needing to be upgraded it is best to have this done prior to storage.
More Cost-Effective to Replace at the End of Summer
Another advantage of outdoor foam replacement at the end of summer is that it is more cost-effective and the lead time is quicker. There are many discounts offered at the end of the season in contrast to the start of a season where there are delays as this is a busy time with customers wanting to cover and replace their outdoor cushions as summer starts. The fabrics, manufacturing, and installation could take longer than expected.
Seek Advice from the Professionals
Choosing to have your outdoor foam replacement done before storing is a wise and responsible decision. Ask the foam supplier for advice on the best waterproof solutions for outdoor cushions.