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How does one dealwith (arg!) shredded foam?
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Date: 6/16/12 10:04 AM

I am recovering some outdoor cushions. I would have loved to just put the new cover on over the old one, but there is mildew from them being outside. I thought it was filled with a cushion, but no! Shredded foam everywhere. A pain to extract and very time consuming. Has anyone ever conquered this dilemma? Thanks.

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Date: 6/16/12 10:11 AM


This won't help much.. but going with the misery loves company theory.. I will tell you. I cover a lot of outdoor furniture..and whether its filled with foam.. or with a cushion.. often times not only will the original cover have mildew on it. but also you might find mold and mildew on the inside cushion. I would be surprised at this point to open one up and find it without mold/mildew. sigh

No way around this.. just get a big box to shake it all in. THEN restuff .. if you plan on in the future washing them.. then do up a form with some scrap fabric or such..then insert into your new outdoor fabric.

One more tip here.. if your cushions get rained on.. asap lay them out flat to dry.. Most mold mildew starts in the creases of these lawn furniture cushions.. You can also spray with Tilex..

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Date: 6/16/12 10:18 AM

Thanks. I have been pulling out handfuls first, then put the open cushion in a LARGE clear plastic bag and use my hand to pull out stuffing. I looked for and found my spray bottle of anti-static spray to use on myself (polar bear clone here now) and over runaways that didn't make it into bag. Why use shredded foam? It seems like batting would be MUCH neater

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Subject: Help! Im being overtaken! Date: 6/17/12 9:18 PM

Our deck furniture has white twill cushion covers and we live in a very humid place, so mildew is a given. I spray them thoroughly with exit mould and throw them in the wash - they're still surviving after 5 years of being sprayed and washed many times a year. Some of the smaller cusions had no inserts, I just sprayed them and put the whole cushion in the machine and washed it.

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