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Brian H

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Any recommendations on what to try next on these patio cushions with black mold that is not moving. Tried, zep, bleach, and water with Fels Naptha and Oxiclean. This is the only set of cushions that nothing we try gets the mildew off.


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Use the Zep, let it dwell a bit and then as heavy a brushing as the fabric can take. And of course follow with steam extraction.
 

The Great Oz

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Storing cushions can work if you have the room, but a lot more work goes into the logistics of storing a lot of orders than many people account for, and the labor cost to do it right makes it less profitable than a lot of other services. It mainly works as a way to move money into the slower season and help keep techs busy.

This is the only set of cushions that nothing we try gets the mildew off.
Not all cushions used outdoors are outdoor cushions.

Chinese "outdoor look" fabric, natural fiber fabric, UV sensitive thread... and something we're seeing more and more, the wrong foam that holds water.


Outdoor cushion clean and storage was an idea brought to the cleaning industry by Steve DeMarco (Triple S Connecticut). He just didn't want to broadcast the idea to his competitors, so told few people. They currently have five buildings that are stuffed with cushions in the winter.
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Joe gets credit for kicking me into getting started, and it does work to smooth out the slow season for us.
 

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Storing cushions can work if you have the room, but a lot more work goes into the logistics of storing a lot of orders than many people account for, and the labor cost to do it right makes it less profitable than a lot of other services. It mainly works as a way to move money into the slower season and help keep techs busy.


Not all cushions used outdoors are outdoor cushions.

Chinese "outdoor look" fabric, natural fiber fabric, UV sensitive thread... and something we're seeing more and more, the wrong foam that holds water.


Outdoor cushion clean and storage was an idea brought to the cleaning industry by Steve DeMarco (Triple S Connecticut). He just didn't want to broadcast the idea to his competitors, so told few people. They currently have five buildings that are stuffed with cushions in the winter.
Storage_640.jpg

Joe gets credit for kicking me into getting started, and it does work to smooth out the slow season for us.
Wow that's impressive. I never liked cleaning or storing them. However 5-buildings worth might have changed my opinion on them.
 

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