Regularly cleaning outdoor furniture is essential if
you want an attractive lawn or patio. This task is
particularly important after a long, messy winter.
Harsh weather can leave lawn furniture and patio
sets looking dirty. Follow the tips below and keep
your outdoor living space looking beautiful.
How to Get Started
Clearing away loose debris such as leaves, dust and
dirt is a great place to begin. Use a dry cloth or
brush to wipe away loose materials. After you are
fi nished, spray down plastic, metal, wood, mesh
and wicker items to dislodge any surface debris that
has managed to linger. Once this is accomplished,
clean one group of furniture at a time, based on the
material from which it is made.
You likely have at least a few pieces of lawn and patio
furniture made from resin or plastic. Fortunately,
such furniture is not only inexpensive, it is also easy
to maintain. Do not use abrasive cleaners on plastic pieces, as this can lead to scuff marks. To keep plastic
furniture looking great, simply spray it with an all-purpose cleaner and use a damp cloth or soft sponge
to thoroughly wipe it down.
Stainless steel and wrought iron are popular choices for patio furniture, since it’s easy to maintain and is
highly durable. Furniture made from these materials can be made to look like new each spring by simply
cleaning the surface with a sponge soaked in water and mild dish soap. As a general rule, add a quarter
cup of dish soap to a gallon bucket of water. Warm water works best to clean wrought iron and other
types of metal. Rust is a serious concern if you have metal patio furniture. Although such pieces often
have rust-resistant fi nishes, these coatings wear off over time. If you notice any rust, immediately remove
it with steel wool. Consider a new paint job for the furniture in order to prevent similar problems in the
Wood, wicker and teak sometimes take the longest to clean, depending on how much grime and grit has
built up on the surface of each piece. Although you may be tempted to power wash this type of furniture,
this is not recommended. Power washing may cause surface damage and ruin the look of the furniture.
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