Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Clean And Maintain Patio Furniture

The mix of materials in patio furniture calls for a range of cleaning techniques.

Because patio furniture sits outdoors in all kinds of weather and is often exposed to dirt and mold, it does need cleaning, at least annually. Soap and water can be used to clean most outdoor furniture, but occasionally, you need to adjust the cleaning procedure to get the furniture clean. In addition, there are things you can do to help maintain your outdoor furniture in good condition for years to come. Does this Spark an idea?


1. Clean patio furniture topped with acrylic-based fabric cushions with mild dish soap and water and be sure to rinse well. Allow to the cushion to dry completely -- front and back -- to prevent mildew.

2. Wash down aluminum, wrought iron and steel-frame furniture with mild soap and water. If your metal furniture is not rust free, apply paste wax with a rag to prevent rusting or corrosion.

3. Machine wash cloth hammocks and cloth chairs covers using the gentle cycle, and line dry to only slightly damp. Stretch the damp cover over the chair frame to finish drying. Fabric furniture should be stored indoors during the winter.

4. Spray water from a hose on resin furniture to rinse it off. If water alone doesn't do the trick, scrub with mild soap and water. Marks on the furniture can be removed with a gentle abrasive like a chemical eraser pad. Scrub with bleach and water -- 1 cup bleach to 1 gallon of water in a buckle -- with a touch of dish detergent to remove mildew.

5. Vacuum wicker with a shop vacuum cleaner to remove dust in the weave. Brush clean with a soft brush. Wipe down with a damp cloth. Allow the furniture to dry completely, apply a paste wax to the frame to keep it shiny and water-resistant. Store cushions indoors and keep frames covered during the off-season.

6. Clean wooden furniture with mild soap and water and rinse well. Completely rinse the furniture with clean water. With the exception of teak and cedar, wooden furniture should be stored indoors during the winter.

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