How to Repair Waterlogged Boat Cushions

What You'll Need
A clothes dryer
A hair dryer
Fabric waterproofing spray

Boat cushions can become waterlogged, and over time the moisture can cause mold or mildew to grow.

Step 1 – Removing the Excess Water

Apply pressure to the boat cushions, to remove as much excess water from them as possible.

Step 2 – Drying the Cushions by Sunlight

Place the cushions in a sunlit spot, to allow more moisture to evaporate from the cushions.  Check the cushion label for any specific washing and drying instructions.

Step 3 – Drying the Cushions in a Clothes Dryer

Place the cushions in a clothes dryer. Set the dryer on a gentle cycle. Let the dryer run for about 10 minutes. Check the cushions. If necessary continue the process.

Step 4 – Drying the Cushions with a Hair Dryer

If the cushions cannot be placed in a clothes dryer, use a hair dryer to remove more moisture. Set the hair dryer on low.

Step 5 – Protecting the Cushions

Use your waterproofing spray to protect the cushions from further moisture damage. You can purchase the spray from your local hardware, sports or camping store. Read the instructions provided by the manufacturer of the waterproofing spray, before you begin. Thoroughly spray all sides of the cushions. Allow them enough time to dry completely.