Nothing says summer like sitting by the pool with a refreshing glass of sun brewed tea. In preparation for this, it’s time to bring your patio furniture out of storage, and clean and maintain it. These tips are helpful for extending the beauty, comfort, and longevity of your furniture so you can put your feet up all summer long.
Start your cleanup by using a soft-bristled brush or broom to sweep away any loose debris. Look for spiderwebs and remove with the brush. Rinse all furniture (removing cushions) as well as pavers and hardscapes down using a garden hose with a spray attachment. Using a pressure washer is not recommended.
Patio Furniture Cleaning Tips
The greatest enemy of wood patio furniture is the sun. After prolonged exposure, wicker, teak and other wood may dry out and crack. Use a mild oil soap and a soft brush or sponge to clean. Work in small sections and dry thoroughly when finished. Apply UV protectant to resist damage. Cover when not in use.
Hammocks, umbrellas, and cushions can get dirty quick. Consult manufacturer’s instructions for recommended cleaning methods whenever possible. The safest method for cleaning natural and synthetic fibers is to use a solution of mild dish soap and warm water. Test a small spot to ensure colors don’t bleed.
Wrought iron and aluminum are durable and low-maintenance. Use a soft-bristled brush to clean metal patio furniture with a quarter cup of mild dish soap added to a gallon of warm water. Use steel wool to remove rust. You may also want to consider repainting. Apply an outdoor UV sunblock to protect it from the damaging effects of the sun. This product should be applied regularly for effectiveness.
Outdoor furniture commonly gets wobbly. Arm yourself with a Philips screwdriver as well as a standard socket and wrench set, and get to work tightening any loose screws, bolts and nuts. You should also check pergolas and umbrellas. Any missing or stripped hardware should be replaced.