Learn how to clean different types of patio furniture with Blain’s Farm & Fleet.
As the weather warms up, you’ll be able to start spending time on your patio or deck. You’ll also need to clean off your patio furniture. The melted snow, dirt and other debris all probably took their toll on your patio chairs and tables. With the help of Blain’s Farm & Fleet, you can learn how to clean your outdoor furniture.
Plastic Patio Furniture
Plastic furniture can be easily cleaned. For white plastic, use a damp cloth with a mixture of water and dishwashing detergent. You can also use a combination of 1 gallon of warm water and 1/2 cup of washing soda. For colored plastic, use 1 quart of warm water mixed with 1/4 cup vinegar. If your furniture has stubborn stains, use baking soda or white distilled vinegar. Rinse everything off by using a garden hose.
Wood Patio Furniture
For wood furniture, whether it’s wicker or teak, use an oil-based soap mixed with warm water. If you’re cleaning wicker, it’s important to hose it down every couple weeks to keep dirt from building up in the crevices. Rinse the furniture off by hosing it down.
Metal Patio Furniture
For aluminum and wrought iron furniture, use a clean cloth and a mixture of water and dishwashing detergent. If the aluminum furniture has scuff marks, use water and a small amount of a nonabrasive cleaner. Two of the biggest problems with metal patio furniture are rust and oxidation. Sand off rust and damaged paints. Use mineral spirits or naphtha on a damp cloth to wipe away any of the residue. If you want to paint your metal furniture, use a rust-resistant primer and a rust-resistant paint to keep it looking great in the future.
Glass Patio Furniture
Home glass cleaners are the easiest way to clean glass patio furniture. Use nonabrasive cleaning supplies to keep the glass free from scratches. When glass furniture isn’t in use, it should be covered up or put away.
Most canvas is machine washable, so you can simply remove it and wash it. Put the canvas back on the cushions or furniture while it’s still damp so it keeps its shape. If the canvas isn’t removable, use a scrub brush and laundry detergent to remove stains and debris. Rinse it off with a hose.