How to: Maintain Outdoor Furniture
Spring is finally here and it's time to break out the patio furniture. Although outdoor furniture is built to withstand the elements, that doesn't always mean that it does. Let's face it, keeping your outdoor furniture clean can become quite the task, but there are a few tips and tricks that can help you along the way.
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Outdoor furniture comes in a variety of different materials including wicker, wood, fabric, aluminum, wrought iron, steel and resin. Each material requires different methods to keep it maintained, however most outdoor furniture can be cleaned using a mild dish soap and warm water.
Check the Tag
Manufacturers label the cushions of furniture with tags that list out the care recommendations. Often times this information can be found online as well. When in doubt, check the tag!
Cover it up!
Furniture covers are a great investment. Not only do they protect your furniture from the elements, but they can be removed and thrown in the washing machine to eliminate dirt, debris, and stains. Also, when storing furniture away for the season, wiping everything down and covering it with a drop cloth can make it a breeze when you go to get it back out again.
Store it Away
This should probably go without saying, but removing cushions and storing your outdoor furniture in a dry location such as a garage or shed for the harsh winter months helps to keep it from rusting and looking tattered.
Spot Treat Stains
The best way to eliminate stains is to get to them right after they happen. So, if possible use a gentle cleanser to spot clean cushions and, if you have a furniture cover on, toss it in the wash.
Bye Bye Rust
Cleaning, maintaining and sealing furniture can help prevent it from rusting. Silicone sprays can be used to lubricate swivels and glides on metal furniture, or poles on patio umbrellas. The best way to prevent rust is to keep your metal furniture maintained before the rust starts.
Aluminum furniture can be washed with dish soap and water, then treated with teak oil once a season to keep it looking new.
Stone and Ceramic Tables
Sone and ceramic tables can be cleaned using a few drops of a neutral pH cleaner or dish soap and warm water. Using a soft cloth simply blot the surface to prevent creating any scratches. Avoid using too much soap as it can lead to streaks.
Never use products that contain lemon, vinegar, or other acids on your stone tables and be sure to rinse the surface thoroughly after washing.
Break out the Vacuum
Outdoor rugs can accumulate dirt fast so don't be afraid to break out the vacuum or shake them out to eliminate any debris.
Do you have any tips or tricks on how you keep your outdoor furniture looking clean season after season? Drop a comment below.