Your Easy How-To Guide to Making Your Outdoor Furniture Shine Like New!

patio furnitureIt’s almost May, and you know what that means – it’s time to break out the patio furniture and get ready to start some grilling! Graduations, warmer weather, and upcoming summertime holidays will soon take the spotlight, which means that now is the perfect time to get your outdoor furniture clean and ready to go.

If you’re new to cleaning your patio furniture, you might not be sure where to start or if you can clean your plastic furniture the same way you would clean your wicker furniture. That’s why we’re here! Just read on to learn all about the right way to freshen up your patio furniture, no matter what they’re made of!

Aluminum – Cover your pieces of aluminum furniture from top to bottom with an all-purpose cleaner and rub it down with a nylon scrub brush. Next, take a soft microfiber cloth and wipe the cleaner away. Remember to be extra gentle as abrasive cleaners and brushes will scratch! Rinse the furniture by hosing down. For extra protection, apply a coat of car wax once it’s dry!

Cushions – Got cushions in fierce need of cleaning? It’s easy! Simply combine one quart of warm water with one teaspoon of dishwashing detergent and a tablespoon of borax in a bucket. Dip a sponge in the solution and then use it to scrub the cushions on all sides. Let the solution soak in for 15 minutes, then rinse the cushion down with a hose. Finally, stand each cushion you wash on an edge until they’re dry.

Plastic – Do you have plastic furniture? Your cleanup is easy then! Just wipe it down with a clean cloth dampened in a mixture of water and mild dishwashing soap. Rinse it by hosing it down, and voila! You’ve got clean furniture!

Teak – Cleaning your teak furniture doesn’t have to be hard! Just use a soft scrub brush that has been dampened with water and a mild oil-based soap, and then rinse it off with a hose to make it shine.

Umbrella – Don’t forget about your umbrella! It takes quite a beating during the warmer months from the sun, inclement weather, and those nefarious bird droppings. Take down your umbrella and hose it down first. Then rub it with a wet soft-bristle brush that has in turn been run across a bar of laundry soap. Work from bottom to top and then rinse it off with the hose. Leave the umbrella open until it’s dry, and you’re good to go!

Wicker – For new-timers, wicker might look to be pretty intimidating to maintain, but it’s really not too bad! Just use a soft scrub brush that has been dampened with water and a mild oil-based soap to clean it up. Before that, you can use your vacuum’s crevice attachment to dislodge any leaves, dirt, and insects that might be lurking in the cracks. Rinse the furniture down with a damp sponge and dry it with a cloth to prevent mildew.

Wrought-Iron – Like aluminum, you will want to wipe down your wrought-iron furniture with a clean cloth that has been dampened with a mixture of water and a mild dishwashing detergent. Simply give it a rinse from the hose, and your furniture will look like new again!

Cleaning your patio furniture (or anything else, for that matter) doesn’t have to be hard, especially if you have the best cleaning tools to help you! Visit our website at www.uswiping.com to order yours today! Sign up for our newsletters, too, to get exclusive deals!

4 Steps to a Shiny and Streak-Free Car!

waxing carCold weather is officially behind us and we all know what that means – time to give your car some much-needed TLC! Warm weather and sunshine call for long car rides with the windows down and radio up. Show off your beautiful ride with these helpful tips on how to get that perfect shine!

The Best Car Wash Is Done By Hand

When washing your car, the best way to cover every spot is to do it yourself! Hand washing allows you to take your time and use the best products for all surfaces of your car. Contrary to popular belief, dishwashing detergent is not the best option for a cleaning solution. While it may get your vehicle squeaky-clean, it also has the potential to strip the surface of any protective wax coating, exposing your car to possible scratches and stains. A carwash solution is the best way to go when hand washing your car! When you’re done washing, dry the surface with a rubber-blade squeegee in order to remove any mineral residue left behind after the water evaporates. If there are any areas that still contain contaminants after the wash such as bird droppings or bugs, use specific contaminate remover and apply more pressure to the specific area.

Polish Your Car Like a Pro

The next step after washing is to apply a car polish to remove any remaining grease, dirt, scrapes, and scratches. Polish can come in the form of creams, sprays, and liquids, and it contains solvents that allow your car’s surface to shine like new. Apply a generous amount of polish onto a microfiber or lint-free cloth, and it will work wonders! Spread the polish onto the surface of the vehicle in a circular motion or use an electric car polisher. Just be careful not to polish too much or you might remove paint, exposing the primer or undercoat!

Protect the Shine With a Wax

Wax is used after the polish to act as a sealant and add another layer of shine. The layer of wax will protect your car from UV rays and prevent pollution and dust from damaging the surface. It is best to apply a thin, even layer of wax because too much could damage the paint. Waxes that contain natural ingredients will increase the lifespan of your car. We recommend waxing your car once every three months, but polishing only needs to be done when necessary. Always test whatever wax or polish you choose on a small area of your car to make sure it doesn’t leave any lasting effects on your car!

Don’t Forget the Glass… or the Microfiber!

Save this part for last because your windows may have some grime collected from the other steps. Find a glass cleaner without ammonia and use a microfiber cloth to avoid streaking. We offer the perfect microfiber cloths for automobiles! Order yours today at http://uswiping.com/automotivewipers.aspx and get your car shining like new!