Monday, July 20, 2009

Cleaning Tips For Patio Furniture

Clean wood patio furniture a bit differently than your resin or heavy plastic patio furniture

Patio furniture allows people to enjoy sitting out side and relaxing in comfort. However, by being outside, the furniture is exposed to the elements as well as dust and debris from plants, trees and flowers. Cleaning your patio furniture can be tedious, but it must be done. Try one of these options for patio furniture that is clean and bright. Does this Spark an idea?

Power Wash

Rent a small power washer from your local home and garden supply store. Tell the rental clerk what you are cleaning and he will instruct you on the cleaner to purchase and how much to use. Don't pressure wash wooden patio furniture. This method works best for resin and heavy plastic furniture. Spray the furniture with the pressure washer. Rinse thoroughly with your garden hose and allow the furniture to dry in the sun.

Elbow Grease

Sure, it's old fashioned, but it works! Fill a bucket with warm water and an all purpose cleaning product like Pine Sol or Mr. Clean. Sweep your resin, wrought iron, or heavy plastic patio furniture with a broom to remove loose debris. Then, use a sponge to scrub your furniture. Rinse with a garden hose and allow to dry in the sun. For wooden furniture, use half as much of the cleaning solution. Rinse with your garden hose and wipe down with a clean towel. Set the furniture directly in the sun for further drying.


Many patio furniture options include cushions, and while their tags likely say they are weather resistant, this doesn't mean they won't get dirty. Check your tags to see if they can be washed in a washing machine or require dry cleaning. Otherwise, fill a bucket with warm water and just a few drops of an all purpose cleaning product to make the water to be just a little bit sudsy. Dip a sponge into the solution and gently scrub the cushions. Allow them to dry in the sun.

If stubborn stains persist, dab some pure lemon juice directly onto the stains and allow the cushions to dry in the sun. The combination of the lemon juice and sun may just remove the last of the staining. This method works well for any canvas, mesh or netting on your patio furniture, as well as for patio umbrellas.

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