Keeping furniture clean will make them to last longer. Therefore, even outdoor or patio furniture should be tidied. Since furniture is a big investment, observing good cleaning habits is necessary. Cleaning patio or outdoor furniture depends on the materials used. Here are some useful cleaning tips for the different materials used on building outdoor/patio furniture.
Wooden Patio/Outdoor Furniture. Some think that pressure wash is the ideal cleaning method for patio/outdoor furniture. While pressure wash will give furniture a deep clean, it is not advised for wood patio/outdoor furniture because this method is too strong. Use a mixture of oxygen bleach and water to clean wood patio/outdoor tables and chairs. Apply it on the wood using a soft bristle brush or fabric. Sand and reseal the wood patio furniture when they are already dry to give them extra protection against other elements.
Wicker Outdoor/Patio Furniture. Remove dust and dirt with a broom. You can also use a vacuum cleaner but make sure to use the proper brush attachments. A soft bristle dry brush is fine to get the debris completely. Make a cleaning solution by mixing a mild dishwashing liquid soap with water. Get a sponge, cloth, or a soft bristle brush and scrub the patio furniture gently. Rinse the soap out of the furniture with a little water using a sponge or clean cloth. Wring the water out completely from the sponge or cloth. Dry the patio furniture with a soft dry cloth to prevent moisture from entering into the wicker material.
Metal Patio/Outdoor Furniture. Patio furniture made of metal is easier to clean. Wash it using your garden hose ensuring that you set it on the hard-spray option. Create a cleaning solution by mixing a car wash detergent or soap with water. Scrub the tables, chairs or benches using a brush with soft bristles and wash them with lukewarm water. If they are made of chrome or aluminum metal, there is no need for you to apply a top coating. Alternatively, apply a thin coating of car wax if your modern patio furniture has an enamel finish or is made of cast iron. Use a clean, lint-free cloth to apply the wax on the furniture surface.
Vinyl and Plastic Outdoor/Patio Furniture. Pay attention when cleaning them. Use only mild detergents or soaps so as not to dry the furniture surface. A mixture of a mild dishwashing soap or detergent or soap with water is enough to clean them. As with the above cleaning tools, use a soft cloth, sponge or soft bristle brush. Remove any stains and mildew by dabbing a small amount of ammonia on the affected area.
By following proper cleaning techniques and practices, you will retain the good looks of your modern outdoor/patio furniture. This will also save you from buying a new set because they will last you longer. Regardless if the patio furniture only costs you less, you need to make them look good as new. Remember, the manner you take care of your modern furniture is a reflection of yourself, too.