How to Clean Outdoor Furniture?

By Natalie 11/03/2021

Garden Furniture

With the sky clearing up and brighter days around the corner, you may be thinking of spending a lot more time under the open sky and cleaning the outdoor garden furniture. To make the spring-cleaning of your outdoor garden furniture simpler, we have compiled some tips and tricks from the best domestic cleaning professionals. Here you shall find some cleaning tips for outdoor garden furniture made from all kinds of materials from metal and wood to plastic chairs and tables.

Teak

People often buy teak furniture as an alternative to wood furniture for their gardens. Teak furniture is better for the outside because it resists outdoor elements. You do not need to varnish or oil teak furniture like you would for wood furniture to protect them. Teak is naturally resistant to a lot of outdoor elements and does not require further protection. Your teak furniture however immune to outside elements will still gather dirt and dust and will require regular cleaning and dusting.

You can use a hose to spray water on your teak furniture to remove any dust or dirt that may have settled on your garden furniture. If some dirt is not removed by this method or there are bird droppings, you can take a soft sponge or cloth and dip it in soapy warm water to clean the furniture. Washing your teak furniture once every week or bimonthly is usually enough to maintain the furniture and keep dust or dirt from accumulating on it.

If your garden furniture is made out of grade-A teak then you must never use teak oil, as it shall damage all of the teak's natural protective oils. If you use teak oil on your furniture then you must use it regularly and never stop. Using teak oil, which has solvents, will replace the teak's natural oils so you must continue to oil it regularly if you want it to remain in its current condition.

Wood

Garden furniture in the wooden form often looks lovely and is perfect for having an evening cup of tea but it does require some maintenance and care so if you continue to maintain a cleaning schedule, it will continue to look lovely. Here are some cleaning tips for wooden garden furniture.

You can use a scrubbing brush and a sugar soap solution made in warm water for cleaning wooden garden furniture. If there is dirt that is stubborn and is not being removed, you can apply the solution on it and let it stay for 5 minutes before scrubbing it using the brush.

Rinse the furniture using a hosepipe; do not use a pressure washer to hose off the furniture. Leave it to dry.

We have an excellent tip for cleaning mildew from garden furniture. We suggest making an effective and perfectly safe mixture using 1 cup of laundry detergent, 1 cup of household bleach and 1/2 bucket of warm water. Soak your furniture in this solution made of bleach for five minutes. Do not leave it for longer than five minutes. Use a hose to clean it with water and any mildew, mould or moss issues will disappear when you spray it with a hose. We advise handling all bleach solutions very carefully.

If your furniture is new and made of oak, we suggest avoiding the application of any sealant or oils, which may make your wood dirtier or turn it black. You should oil your wooden furniture only if it has been in your garden for over a decade as then it will require oiling but otherwise, finishes will only change the texture of your furniture, stay on the surface, or require much more maintenance. Many of the garden dining sets like the ones we have will come with clear instruction from the seller on how to clean them but if it is not clean then checking with the seller before you clean is highly recommended.

Plastic

Dirty plastic furniture does not appeal to anyone. We all want our garden furniture to look sparkly and appealing. We have some of the following tips to get your plastic furniture to shine.

If you wish to wipe your plastic furniture, use 1 litre of warm water with 50ml of vinegar and then use a hose to spray it with water.

If you have a stain that is too stubborn then take a sponge, put some bicarbonate soda on it, and use it to wipe the stains away.

You can make your plastic garden furniture shine by applying WD-40 and polishing it once it is dry. We advise wiping down the furniture properly or else you will end up staining your clothes.

After you have polished the furniture, use car wax on it to give it a layer of protection from outside elements.

Metal

Metal and aluminium furniture often suffer from rusting or oxidation. Here are some tips to clean garden furniture made of metal.

Before you clean the furniture, you must remove any dirt or imperfections on the surface by using a 1:1 mixture made of water and white vinegar or a metal polishing paste.

You should not use ammonia or trisodium phosphate (TSP) to clean your metal furniture. These chemicals in alkaline cleaners often lead to oxidation in furniture.If you want aluminium furniture to retain its shine, you must regularly use a hose to spray water and clean it.If your furniture has scratches, you can remove them by using a nonabrasive product on a soft and dampened cloth.If you wish to remove rust from your furniture, sand the painted area, which is rusted, wipe it off with a cloth that is dosed slightly with mineral spirit. Use rust-resistant paint on the metal after you have applied a rust-resistant primer.

You can also have your wrought iron furniture powder-coated or sandblasted for more protection. You can always apply one or two coats of car wax on your metal furniture after you have washed it with water to give it a layer of protection.

Conclusion

We hope our compiled list of tricks and tips for cleaning wood, teak, metal and plastic outdoor garden furniture will assist you. For certain furniture that may have multiple materials in the same product like the garden sofa sets the cleaning instructions may vary so please check the cleaning instruction for each product. We hope you enjoy the arrival of spring in your beautiful outdoor garden.

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