Friday, January 25, 2013

Restore White Lawn Furniture

Store plastic chairs out of direct sunlight when not in use.

Plastic outdoor furniture is an inexpensive, durable alternative to wrought iron or teak patio furniture. Over time, though, it may become yellowed by exposure to the sun or become soiled. All plastics are easily scratched by strong abrasive cleaners or steel wool. Once they've been scratched, dirt and grime collects on the surface and is difficult to remove. To renew white plastic furniture, clean it thoroughly and apply a new coat of paint made specifically for plastic. Does this Spark an idea?


1. Set the white plastic furniture on a level, clean surface, such as a patio. Remove plants and other furniture from the area so you can work safely without tripping over obstacles.

2. Pour 1 tsp. liquid dish detergent in a bucket. Fill the bucket with warm water. Dip a sponge or scrub brush in the bucket and wash the plastic furniture thoroughly. Scrub grooves to remove debris.

3. Rinse the furniture with a garden hose to remove soap and dirt residue. Dry the furniture with a towel or allow it to air dry in the sun. Spray the furniture with glass cleaner and wipe it dry with the towel again. The ammonia evaporates and doesn't require rinsing.

4. Place the furniture on a piece of plastic sheeting to protect your patio. Apply spray paint to the chair or table, working from the top to bottom. Use long, even strokes to avoid streaks and drips. Allow the furniture to dry for at least one hour before use. Apply a second coat if you like.

5. Dip a clean cloth in automobile wax and rub a thin coating over the furniture. Buff with the cloth and allow it to harden. The automobile wax protects the furniture from dirt and rain.

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