Enjoy Your Outdoor Furniture Season after Season
Your outdoor furniture can last year after year if you give it a good cleaning each season. Grime, pollen, bird droppings and sun exposure can all take their toll on outdoor furniture. Learn the basics to cleaning outdoor furniture and you will be able to enjoy it for many years to come.
How to Clean Plastic Outdoor Furniture
For plastic outdoor furniture,mix a little dish soap, some borax, and half a cup of peroxide into one gallon of water. Let the mixture sit for 10 to 15 minutes and use it to scrub all your plastic outdoor furniture with a nylon brush before rinsing well. Test a small area first to be sure the peroxide does not react negatively with the furniture. Your plastic outdoor furniture should be periodically wiped down.
How to Clean Wood Outdoor Furniture
With proper care, even your outdoor wood furniture can last for decades. Cleaning periodically with oil soap works well. But the best way to help outdoor wood furniture look great for years is to choose a weatherproof stain or finish meant for exterior applications. Also, any cushions should be protected from the elements when possible. Store them away when not in use.
How to Clean Metal Outdoor Furniture
For metal outdoor furniture,use soapy water and elbow grease. Remove any rust or stains with sandpaper or a wire brush. You can also repaint the entire piece with a rust-prohibiting paint or a metal varnish. And don't forget to periodically clean your furniture throughout the summer -- don't let pollen or bird droppings sit on it and cover it up if you won't be using it for a while.