Tips on How to Clean Your Outdoor Furniture

No doubt about it, no one wants their leisure time outdoors to be spoiled by sitting in a grimy furniture or lounging in a loveseat with leftover dust. Cleaning your outdoor furniture should be at the top of every homeowner’s list and should be done four times a year to keep it in pristine condition, specifically before and after the summer season and twice in between. Patio furniture comes in a variety of materials, and cleaning them will depend on the kind of material it’s made of. From wood, plastic, metal, glass, and wicker, here are some tips on how you can show your outdoor furniture some tender loving care.

Plastic and resin furniture

Most homeowners choose outdoor furniture with plastic material because it’s easy to maintain and is durable enough for outdoor use. Most plastic furniture cost cheap and is not prone to corrosion and chipping. As soon as dust and dirt become visible in your plastic table or chair, wipe it with a clean damp cloth. For stains, dip a sponge in mild dishwashing detergent or a homemade cleaning mixture made of vinegar and scrub it thoroughly. Rinse it by hosing down cold water to the furniture and dry it completely with a towel.

 Wicker and rattan furniture

Homeowners opt for this kind of material due to its elegance, artistry, and its tropical-inspired design. For years, wicker furniture has been a popular choice for patio, deck, and porch furniture. Despite its material being prone to breaking down if left exposed to various weather elements for too long, wicker is a durable material that will last for years if maintained properly.  Use a vacuum to clean the dust and dirt in between the crevices of the furniture. To avoid dirt and dust from accumulating, use a low-pressure hose every few weeks while scrubbing stubborn dirt with a soft-scrub brush dipped in mild oil-based soap. For rattan, avoid wetting the furniture as it will cause the material to break down. Instead, you can add a thin coat of varnish or lacquer to protect your rattan furniture.

 Cast-iron furniture

Cast iron material is highly ideal for outdoor use because of its heavy-duty construction which can be used for almost every season. Despite being more expensive than its plastic, aluminum, and wicker counterparts, if properly cared for this is a worthy investment that will last for years to come. To keep your bistro set in tip-top shape, dampen a sponge with a water and mild detergent mixture and scrub from top to bottom thoroughly. Wipe the solution by soaking the sponge in a clear, cold water and scrub it off until no soapy material is left. Wipe the furniture with a soft towel after cleaning.

 Aluminum furniture

With its sleek and lightweight design, aluminum furniture adds a cosmopolitan upgrade to every space. The good thing about aluminum is it does not rust. However, it’s also prone to corrosion if left unattended. Clean your aluminum furniture by simply wiping it with a water and mild detergent solution and hose down to rinse. Avoid using abrasive cleaners and brushes as these will scratch the material.

 Teak wood furniture

Teak wood, for its simple and easy-to-maintain design, is another popular choice for outdoor furniture. Teak furniture is usually treated with teak oil for durability, however, it’s still prone to mildew build-up. Clean your teak furniture regularly using a soft plastic brush to apply a cleaning solution made by mixing vinegar and warm water or warm water with chlorine, bleach, and laundry detergent. Let the cleaning solution stay for 15 minutes before rinsing it thoroughly with water.

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