Have you ever been invited to a barbecue and were dismayed when you arrived and found there was no where to sit because all of the patio furniture was really dirty?
Well, this is something you can handle. All you have to do is to try out a few of the cleaning tips I have listed below and you’ll find that in no time your patio furniture will look just as good as it did the day you bought it!
Whether your furniture is aluminum, plastic or wood, remove any sort of covering or cushions and spray it down with your garden hose.
Assemble a soft bristle scrub brush, a 1 gallon bucket and mix the following: 3 good squirts (1/3 cup) of mild dishwashing liquid, such as dawn dishwashing detergent and warm water. Quickly go over your patio furniture with a soft-bristled brush to remove some of the worst of the caked on mud, bird poop and mold or mildew that has started growing.
Don’t use too much soap as the residue left behind will require more rinsing.
– Remove cushions and seat covering from furniture.
– Pre-wash patio furniture with garden hose.
– Clean the patio umbrella: Spray both the top and the underside of the umbrella with the garden hose. Fill a bucket with warm, soapy water or make a mixture of water and baking soda, then scrub the umbrella with a soft bristled brush. Rinse off any remaining residue and open the umbrella completely to allow it to air dry.
– Fill a bucket with warm, soapy water. You can use a mild dish washing liquid soap or slivers of gentle bath soap.
– If your furniture has mold or mildew growing on it, add 1/2 cup of distilled white vinegar to the warm water.
– Dip a large cellulose sponge into the bucket and start wiping down your furniture, paying special attention to the underside of chairs and under the table. If you are cleaning wood furniture, use a soft bristled brush instead of a sponge.
– Rinse the patio furniture off and allow to air dry.
If the cushions for your patio furniture have cloth covers, wash them according to the directions on the label. If they’re vinyl, follow these steps and don’t forget to wash both top/bottom of the cushion and sides:
– Mix a cleaning solution of equal parts water and vinegar.
– Pour the solution in a spray bottle.
– Spray the patio cushions.
– Scrub with a soft-bristled brush.
– Rinse with the garden hose.
– Set in the sun to dry.
Now your job is done. You have a completely clean patio furniture and you should be proud for the next barbecue!
Image Credits: Summer Patios