How to clean and keep your outdoor furniture looking brand new!
Outdoor furniture is built to withstand the elements, but that doesn’t always mean it makes it through the colder months looking any less disheveled. That’s where we come in. All it takes to freshen up your favorite garden or patio pieces after a long winter is just a little effort and even less time. The best part: If you invest in even one annual cleaning, you’ll not only transform your outdoor space for the better, you’ll also help your furnishings live to see another season. So if you’ve already done your part by choosing durable all-weather fabrics, here are the extra steps to take to make your alfresco chairs, stools, and tables shine.
1. Remove the cushions.
Opt for zippered pillow covers that can easily be hand- or machine-washed. If the cushion covers can’t be washed, dust off surface dirt, then gently scrub with a sponge or soft-bristle brush and a mixture of warm water and mild dishwashing soap. Hose off and let dry in the sun to prevent mildew growth.
2. Wipe it down.
With a damp cloth that’s been immersed in a mixture of warm water and mild dishwashing soap, clean the hard surfaces of plastic, wicker, aluminum, and cast-iron furnishings. Rinse by hosing off.
3. Oil it up.
Variations in temperature can cause teak to crack. Help prevent further damage by cleaning with an oil-based soap and a soft-bristled brush, and hose off when complete.
4. Break out the vacuum.
Hosing down works for larger solid pieces, but for trickier wicker furniture, consider removing dirt from the many small crevices with a vacuum cleaner several times each season. This will help prevent grimy buildup.