Winter weather can do a number on your outdoor furniture. Even if you stored items in the garage or shed, they might not look great when you pull them out of storage. Use our expert tips on how to clean outdoor furniture and cushions to get your patio ready for summer. We don’t recommend any specialized products, meaning you have what you need to start right now!
How to Clean Plastic Patio Furniture
Plastic and resin outdoor furniture is affordable and lightweight, making it a popular choice for the lawn or deck. It’s also the easiest to clean. Skip abrasive scrubbers, which could scratch the material. Instead, simply spray with an all-purpose cleaner and wipe with a damp sponge or rag.
For the most eco-friendly option, scrub the furniture with a wet sponge dipped in baking soda. This mild cleaner should do the trick. Rinse when you’re done to see the finished product.
How to Clean Metal Outdoor Furniture
Stainless steel and wrought iron are popular patio furniture materials because of their durability and heft. You can make your outdoor metal furniture look like new with a gallon of warm water and a quarter cup of mild dish soap. Dip a sponge or sturdy brush in the soapy water and scrub the furniture until its original luster is restored.
Rust is quite common with metal furniture kept outside. If you’re facing this problem, rub the corroded areas with steel wool or a ball of crumpled up aluminum foil to remove the oxidation. Consider applying rust-resistant paint to this area to reduce future problems.
How to Clean Mesh Fabric Patio Chairs
Upholstered outdoor furniture is soft and comfortable, but it gets dirty very quickly. The safest way to clean fabric patio chairs is with warm water and dish soap. If you can find a tag on the upholstery, this should offer more specific cleaning tips based on the type of fabric you’re dealing with.
In some cases, you may be able to remove the fabric and launder it in the washing machine. Let the fabric air dry to avoid damaging it in the high heat of the dryer. Consider applying a water repelling product after cleaning to help your outdoor fabrics last longer.
How to Clean Outdoor Cushions
High humidity, rain, and snow leave outdoor cushions vulnerable to mold and mildew. Along with the tips listed above for cleaning fabric, consider treating the mold problem with 1/2 cup bleach diluted in one gallon of water. For a milder option, fill a spray bottle with full-strength white vinegar.
Whichever option you choose, begin by scrubbing away surface mold with a stiff brush. Then, spray the cushions with a hose. Apply your cleaner of choice and scrub with your brush. Finally, rinse the cushions to remove any residue, and let them air dry.
Cleaning your outdoor furniture gets you one step closer to a backyard paradise! Get the rest of the way there with help from The Grounds Guys.
Tip: Next year, clean your patio furniture before storing it for the winter to make your spring cleaning even easier!
House Cleaning Services from Molly Maid
Once your patio furniture is ready to go, all you need to do is spring clean the rest of the house. Don’t feel overwhelmed—the pros at Molly Maid have you covered! Our team of insured, licensed, and uniformed housekeepers are ready to tackle the toughest chores so you don’t have to.
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