Tips For Cleaning Patio Furniture

Now that the weather is nicer, no doubt you will want to enjoy some time outside and even do a little entertaining.   A few barbecues may even be in order.  So, here are some cool tips go get our patio furniture clean and ready to go. 

Plastic and Vinyl Furniture

In a gallon of water, mix a little dish soap, some borax and a half cup of peroxide. Let this mixture sit for approximately ten to fifteen minutes. Then, using a nylon brush, scrub all of your furniture with this mixture and rinse well. Be sure to test a small, unnoticeable area of the furniture to be certain the peroxide does not react negatively with your furniture. 

Metal Furniture

Metal furniture is the easiest to clean.  Just use some soapy water and put a little elbow grease into it. Soaps that are designed for washing your car seem to work very well with this type of furniture. If you come across any rust or stains, you can touch these up using a fine-grit sandpaper and then a little paint. 

Wood Furniture

The cold wet weather could have left your furniture with mildew. You will need to thoroughly clean these pieces with an oxygenated bleach such as Oxy-Clean. Be sure to test the surface first before using. Apply the solution and let it sit for a while, then scrub and rinse.  Be careful not to let the cleaning solution get on your cushions or you may be left with white spots from the bleach. After the wood dries thoroughly, oil the wood surfaces with a sealant that is appropriate for the material. You can use an oil soap to clean the furniture a few times a month. 

Happy Cleaning 🙂


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