Tips of Cleaning and Caring Outdoor Furniture

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Patio furnishing has come a long way. Outdoor spaces can be as nice as indoor spaces these days. And just like you clean your indoor furniture, the outside stuff needs a little of it, too. It is very easy to clean your patio furniture. It is really the little things that make a big difference. Today I will tell you how to clean several types of furniture to keep it look at its best.

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Your outdoor furniture will last a lot longer if you take a few preventative measures. When you are not using your furniture while in season, store things like cushions and fabrics in deck box, and collapse your umbrella if you have one. When the cold of season rolls around, storing can save you a lot of cleaning time and help your pieces survive the elements of winter. Clean and thoroughly dry cushion before off-season storing. You can keep them in a stored deck box or a plastic bins and just cover some of the larger stuff. You can also use the garden furniture dust cover during summer when the furniture is not in use especially during storms.

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First you know those care tags, the ones you never want to cut off. Here is why. You want to check those care instructions. Cleaning patio furniture for the one season and few times will keep it looking good. Let’s start with some common types of furniture—resin, resin wicker and metal. All you need is some housekeeping supplies like mild detergent, two ounces of soap and a gallon of water. Apply the soap on the furniture, scrub detailed area with the non- abrasive brush or a sponge if you like and rinse thoroughly. You can use a pressure washer, but make sure to use the low pressure tip.

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Here is a tip for resin and metal pieces. You want to follow up the cleaning with light coat of car wax or paste wax. It would help restore the shine and keep the metal from rusting. And oil base soap works well with wicker or finished wood. Just use a soft brush, cloth or rag, or wipe clean. Rinsing is typically not necessary with oil soap but it doesn’t hurt. For light cleaning, a spray cleaner will work just fine.

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On the other hand, if you have treated wood furniture, like a picnic table or adorondike chairs, use a pressure washer with deck cleaner and follow the bottle instructions for mixing. With a low pressure tip, spray away the dirt and rinse thoroughly. And of course you deck can be cleaned the same way. For concrete and stone patios, an all-purpose cleaner works great.

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The use of fabrics in upholstery, canopies and panels is really popular. It can make the space feel so much warm and inviting. And if you are worried that fabrics are going to stain or collect dirt, don’t worry. Most actually designed to be cleaned and some are even moisture resistant. Check your product’s care instruction tag for specific cleaning instructions. For most types, a good rule of thrum is to brush off loose dirt and gently wash with a mild soap and warm water solution. A nonabrasive sponge works great. Rinse thoroughly and allow the air dry. Never use bleach and harsh cleaners. For canopies, umbrellas and covers, fit them back on the frames to dry and this will help them keep their shape.

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A fantastic finishing touch in your outdoor space is your outdoor rug. And it is really easy to clean. All you need to do is set the rug on concrete, grab your vacuum and vacuum the top surface. Then flip it over and scrub with a mild soap solution. Rinse the back, and then turn it over. Scrub the top with a soap brush and rinse it all clean. Let the carpet dry on a table or deck railing. Don’t forget about your grill. It can always use in cleaning every season to keep it in good condition and more importantly make the food taste better. A soft brush does a great job.

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