Get Ready For The Season With Our Guide To Cleaning Outdoor Patio Furniture

The fact that your outdoor furniture spends all of its time outside exposed to the elements makes it perfect candidate for regular cleaning. Here we offer up tips on how to clean all kinds of furniture and get it ready for your next outdoor gathering.

How to Clean Wood Patio Furniture

Teak, wicker and cedar patio furniture handles weathering pretty well, but will benefit greatly from regular cleaning. Use a mild, wood soap, such as Murphy’s Oil Soap mixed with warm water and a soft scrub brush and cloth. Rinse it down after scrubbing. If the wood has begun to splinter, see if sanding with a fine sandpaper will help restore the finish. A fresh coat of protective finish may help, especially if weather conditions are harsh. Be sure to ask you home store for help in selecting the right finish for your furniture’s wood. Regularly wipe down the wood to keep dirt and debris at bay.

How to Clean Metal Patio Furniture

When wrought iron, cast iron or aluminum furniture is on your patio, then oxidation may be a culprit. Mix a 1:1 solution of white vinegar and water and use it with a soft cloth to remove any imperfections. Sometimes a non-abrasive cleaning product can remove scuffmarks on aluminum. Rinse with the garden hose immediately after washing.

How to Clean Plastic Patio Furniture

Start by dipping a wet sponge into baking soda and then wipe it on plastic patio furniture in a circular motion. Rinse well afterward. If your white patio furniture has lots its sparkling white sheen, try washing it with a mild dish detergent mixed with a gallon of water and throw in a half cup of bleach. Rinse it thoroughly and air dry. If you have stubborn stains, add white distilled vinegar to a clean rag and wipe down the furniture, then rinse.

How to Protect Patio Furniture

After cleaning plastic or metal furniture, try protecting it with a coat or two of automotive paste wax. If you’ve removed rust or paint while cleaning, then use a rust-resistant primer and paint to restore the finish.

How to Wash Outdoor Cushions

When your outdoor cushions have been in storage over the winter, that first cleaning will need a little extra TLC. Start by vacuuming off any spider webs and dirt that has collected over the winter months. If your cushions have zippered covers, then unzip them and run them on gentle through your washing machine. If not, get a bucket of warm water and add a squeeze of mild dishwashing soap. Use a sponge or soft scrub brush to give your cushions a good scrub. Let them soak for about 15 minutes then rinse with the garden hose. Squeeze out as much water as possible, then stand them upright and let them air dry completely.

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