Tips for Cleaning Your Outdoor Patio Furniture

By September 6th, 2018

Cleaning Your Outdoor Patio Furniture

Sitting on your patio with a cold drink in hand and enjoying the company of friends and family is what summer is all about. However, if you want to be comfortable and keep your patio area looking great, you must regularly clean your outdoor patio furniture. These items can take a beating after being exposed to harsh elements such as wind, direct UV rays, rain, and more. If you want to extend the lifespan of your patio tables and chairs and prevent them from becoming an eyesore, here are several tips you should consider.

Wipe or Shake Off

Sometimes the patio furniture needs wiping down. Leaves, sticks, and other debris can easily catch on these items, making them appear uncomfortable and unwelcoming. Simply wipe or shake these furniture items off to remove any of this gathered debris. Do this regularly to keep your outdoor furniture looking its best.

A Mild Soap and Water

For many materials, such as metal and plastic, a mild soap and water solution is your best cleaning option. Simply spray off the furniture with water and then, using a sponge, cloth, or another soft cleaning tool, wipe down your patio tables and chairs. However, if you have metal furniture, be mindful of rust and place precautionary measures to prevent it from destroying your beautiful furniture.

White Vinegar

For some outdoor patio furniture, soap and water are not enough to do the trick. Instead, you need something a little stronger to get rid of the buildup on the products. Additionally, some patio furniture in your Ontario home can grow mould from rain, sprinklers, and even the humidity. If you begin to notice mould, clean your furniture with undiluted white vinegar. Scrub your furniture items until the mould is gone and then rinse with water. Make sure you put a lot of effort into this task to ensure the mould is gone and won’t make a comeback anytime soon. Always be sure to test your cleaning products in an inconspicuous area, especially with fabrics.

Know the Materials

When cleaning your outdoor patio furniture, you must understand the type of materials that your furniture is made from. For example, many seat cushions feature easy-to-clean fabrics that can be placed directly into a washing machine, while others can only be spot cleaned. Additionally, most cushions cannot be placed in a dryer, meaning you need plenty of space and time to dry them in the sun.

Whether you are interested in purchasing patio furniture on sale or luxury seating from various outdoor furniture stores, your local TERRA Greenhouse location has everything you need. Browse their wide selection of furniture items and ask experts about the care and maintenance to each. By taking care of these items, you will have an inviting, comfortable, and beautiful outdoor area for years to come.


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