Cleaning patio furniture thoroughly can seem like a big undertaking if you don’t know the best way to go about it. You take pride in your patio furniture – it was an investment – and you want to make sure you extend the longevity of your outdoor furnishings. Because we value helping you make the most out of your patio life with tips on patio furniture buying and other patio décor strategies, this week we’re including a guide on cleaning patio furniture. Specifically, you’ll find info on cleaning the touchier materials: wood, cloth, and aluminum.
Wood and Teak – Many people might shy away from this otherwise beautiful material. If you love the rustic look of wood, don’t worry about waterlogging and damage. The wood selected by leading manufacturers is pre-treated for outdoor use. Fortunately, with just a little care and forethought, you can make your outdoor wood furniture last for decades.
Cleaning is easy. We recommend you start by hosing off dust and dirt. Use a soft bristle brush for any stubborn particulate. Absolutely do not use any type of soap on wood because it will dry out the grains and trap dirt. After cleaning, let the wood dry in direct sunlight. You can add a wood cleaning product for a deep cleaning, but make sure you get it at a hardware store and speak with sales associates regarding the best options.
Waterproof Cushions and Fabric – Another material that may seem challenging to care for is UV- and water-resistant fabric. Just like with wood, if you take the time to clean your cushions, upholstery, and awnings correctly, these products will remain effective and attractive for years to come.
For cleaning, hose off dust and dirt. If you want to do a more thorough cleaning, add a few drops of liquid laundry soap to a bucket of water or spray bottle. Apply to the fabric using a soft bristle brush and then hose off to rinse. As with wood, let it dry in direct sunlight and stand cushions on edge so the water can adequately drain from the inner fibers.
Aluminum – Aluminum is a popular choice for patio furniture because it won’t oxidize like steel or wrought iron, it is durable, and its lightweight construction makes it a breeze to maneuver. However, aluminum can corrode and still needs to be cared for properly to ensure longevity of the frames.
For simple cleaning, just apply mild soap and water, followed by a thorough rinsing and drying. Don’t use any abrasive materials, such as bleach products, because these types of cleaners may damage the surface. If you notice calcium accumulation, mix one-part white distilled vinegar and nine parts water to remove it. However, make sure you test the solution on a hidden area first before cleaning the entire piece.
Thanks to tips like these, cleaning patio furniture doesn’t have to be a mystery. For more information on furniture material upkeep and maintenance, contact us today.