How to Deep Clean Your Patio Furniture
As you get started on your spring cleaning, it’s time to dust off your patio furniture and prepare for another season of backyard entertaining! We’ve put together a comprehensive list of our best tips for cleaning your furniture and making it look good as new.
Without further ado, let’s get started!
Use an All-Natural Cleanser
In order to clean and maintain your patio furniture, a good, natural cleaner is absolutely essential. For regular maintenance, we recommend washing the furniture with a mixture of water and natural detergent, rinsing with clear water, and drying thoroughly. For the most effective cleaning of your outdoor furniture, wash with this solution two or three times each year in low pollution areas, and increase this maintenance in high pollution areas.
To increase the longevity of your outdoor furniture, it’s important to ensure that sunscreen is not coming in contact with the fabric and furnishings to avoid staining over time.
Remove All Cushions and Wash Them Separately
Before cleansing your furniture, it’s important to remove any sofa or seat cushions and wash them separately from the furniture frame. Since these frames are often constructed from metals, you’ll want to utilize a different cleaning process for each material to ensure that each of your outdoor pieces has a long lifespan.
Use the Proper Cleaning Process for Your Furniture’s Material
When taking care of your outdoor entertaining space, you’ll want to guarantee that you are using the correct cleaning process for your specific materials. Whether your furniture is constructed with teak, fabric, mesh, or marble, it’s essential that you work with specific cleaning solutions that are tailored to each material.
For teak furnishings:
Use a utility brush to remove dust, and clean with a solution that is four parts detergent or dish soap and one part bleach. After cleansing, rinse the exterior and let dry.
For woven, fabric, and mesh furnishings:
For general cleansing, use a mild mixture of detergent and water. Rinse thoroughly and let air-dry. For heavier stains, you’ll want to consider a commercial outdoor furniture cleaner.
For stone and marble tabletops:
You’ll want to consider applying a stone-enhancing sealer twice a year in order to protect and maintain the natural beauty of your furniture. Stains can be removed with a mild solution of water and detergent, and we recommend storing your stone and marble pieces inside in a dry area during the colder months.
If you’re looking for a durable addition to your current outdoor set-up, our Cameron 11-Piece Dining Set
is an excellent choice for backyard entertaining. This set is made with rust-resistant aluminum and treated with a multi-step finish, so you can spend more time enjoying your guests and less time cleaning!
Remove Rust As Soon as Possible
If you notice any rust on your outdoor furniture, you’ll want to remove these spots as quickly as possible to prevent permanent damage to your pieces. When removing rust, we recommend using a wire brush to scrub away the spot. If the rust persists, take a look at this guide to mixing a mild cleansing solution.
If you live in an area with unpredictable weather, we recommend investing in some high-quality furniture covers to guarantee a long life for your outdoor pieces, despite inclement weather.
This spring, it’s important to take the time to make your outdoor space as fresh as it was when you bought it! And if you’re in the market for updated outdoor furniture, new cushions, or touch-up paint, visit the Outdoor Furniture Collection from Hanover here.
Best of luck in your furniture cleaning process!