Spring Cleaning: The Best Way to Clean Your Outdoor Furniture
Getting ready for summer BBQ’s and relaxing afternoons sitting on the patio also requires the not so fun task of cleaning your outdoor furniture. You and your guests don’t want to sit on a filthy patio chair or eat dinner off a muddy table. Depending on the type of furniture you own, you will need to use different cleaning techniques for plastic, metal, glass, wicker, and wood.
If you enjoy colorful outdoor furniture, you probably have some plastic or hard resin chairs and tables. To clean these items, first, spray the loose dirt with your garden hose. Next, use a home-made cleaner of ½ cub laundry detergent with 1 cup of water. Avoid using bleach since it will eat away at the plastic. If there are hard to remove stains, use a clean cloth and some baking soda and scrub gently. Rinse thoroughly and apply a coat of automotive wax for protection.
Metal furniture offers durability and a vintage quality, but it can be hard to clean. The first step is to remove as much loose debris as possible. Then create a solution of 1:1 white vinegar and water and wipe down the furniture. If your table or chairs has rusted, remove the loose paint and use a rust-resistant primer and paint to give the piece a brand-new look.
Glass outdoor furniture looks beautiful and adds a modern touch to your backyard. The best cleaning solution for glass is dish detergent, warm water, and a soft cloth. You can spray the furniture with your garden hose and then tackle tough spots with a cleanser of white vinegar. You might also want to keep the furniture covered when not in use to prolong its life.
Wicker and wood outdoor furniture add a touch of elegance to your outdoor parties. Before the summer season is in full swing, you will need to clean it carefully. One great cleaning solution is a mixture of Murphy Oil Soap and warm water. Rinse the furniture to remove loose dirt and debris and then gently use a brush to clean the wood or wicker with the soap solution. Once you have scrubbed away the dirt and grim, be sure to let the furniture dry completely in the sun. After its dried, add a protective coating like oil or a polyurethane coating.
Make sure both you and your outdoor furniture are ready for summer by taking the time to clean all of your patio chairs and tables. Once everything is refreshed – call some friends and get the party started.