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Tips for Cleaning Patio Furniture

6/26/15 9:00 AM / by Malta Development Malta Development

Now that we’re getting prepared to spend long hours outside, it’s time to dust the cobwebs off of the patio furniture and clean up those outdoor seat cushions.

Though it’s no tricky task, there are a few tips you can adhere to when cleaning patio furniture that will make your life lot easier.

  1. Plastic


Dampen a sponge with water and some mild dishwasher detergent. Lightly scrub the furniture to remove all traces of dirt. Rinse with a hose and allow to air dry in a sunny spot.


  1. Wicker


Cleaning wicker can be a bit more difficult than cleaning your run-of-the-mill white plastic outdoor patio set. To clean wicker, dampen a soft scrub brush with water and an oil-based soap. Gently clean between the crevices of the wicker and rinse with the hose when done. Oil-based soap will prevent your wicker from getting dried out! Allow to air dry.


  1. Wrought-Iron


To clean wrought-iron furniture, dampen a washcloth with a mix of water and dish detergent. Run the washcloth along the iron, paying attention to areas in need of special care. Rinse the furniture with a hose and allow to air dry.


  1. Teak Wood


Clean teak wood in the same way you would clean wicker. Dampen a soft scrub brush with water and an oil-based soap. Gently clean the wood and rinse with the hose when done. Again, oil-based soap will prevent your teak from getting dried out. Allow to air dry.


  1. Aluminum


Wipe clean with a damp cloth infused with mild dishwasher detergent. Remove scuffs with a soft washcloth and some Soft Scrub. Be careful to not use abrasive cleaners, such as Comet or Ajax, as you will risk scratching your aluminum. Allow to air dry.


Patio furniture is an essential component of every backyard space. Allow your guests to relax on clean pieces by following these tips. Thanks for reading!


Image via Mick Jones Studio


Topics: DIY, Tips + Tricks

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