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 to order yours today! Sign up for our newsletters, too, to get exclusive deals!

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