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How To Clean Plastic And Wood Outdoor Patio Furniture

Parties and other special occasions bring people together. So, if you want to catch up with your family or friends, you should consider organizing an intimate outdoor event or maybe a family barbeque. There are however a few challenges that come with planning a yard or garden party, and one is getting all your lawn or patio furniture clean. Unlike indoor sofas and tables that are protected from the elements, outdoor items are exposed to the sun and rain. These get muddy when there is a downpour, and some become discolored due to bird droppings, molds or deposits. So, how do you prepare your outdoor chairs and tables for a special event? Read on for some tips.

Cleaning Tips for Plastic Patio Furniture

— Among the many types of patio furniture around, plastic items are the easiest to clean. Start by preparing your cleaning solution. Fill a bucket with a gallon of warm water and then add about 10 to 20 ml of dishwashing liquid. Use the mixture when scrubbing the plastic furniture. Afterwards, allow these to air-dry.

— In case your furniture still looks filthy after washing using the liquid soap and water mixture, try another blend. Mix ½ cup bleach with a gallon of water. (Use 1 cup bleach with water for more stubborn mildew stains.) Brush the outdoor furnishings again, but don’t rinse these immediately. Allow the bleach solution to stay on for a couple of minutes before rinsing. Then, leave out to dry.

— Once things are completely dry, you also have the option of waxing or painting your furniture. The wax will give plastic a nice polished look. You can also paint these if you prefer. Purchase paint that can be used on plastic.

Cleaning Tips for Wooden Patio Furniture

— Wood is truly elegant. If you want a more organic look for your outdoor wood furniture, allow it to weather naturally. The most basic cleaning method that you can use is to simply brush the surface to remove dust and dirt. Rinse afterwards. When cleaning wood, don’t be too aggressive especially when brushing items that are made from soft wood, such as spruce, cedar and pine. Always brush in the direction of the grain. Hardwood, like mahogany, aspen, and maple, are tougher.

— If brushing is not enough, you can use a cleaning solution to get rid of more stubborn surface stains. Use a combination of a quarter cup of dish detergent with one gallon of water. Do not immediately reach for bleach or hydrogen peroxide. If you apply this directly onto wood, it can cause permanent discolorations. Still, if you used concentrated bleach by mistake, you can still save your furniture by sanding and then re-staining it.

— For mold or mildew stains, place some vinegar in a spray bottle and spritz directly onto problem spots. Wipe with a rag or brush with a used toothbrush. The acid in the vinegar will inhibit mold and mildew growth for a while.

— After cleaning your wood furniture, polish these or re-stain if needed. Be careful when using wax because this could trap moisture in the wood, which then causes mildew spots.

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