High-quality patio furniture is usually built to withstand the elements for a long time. Even so, a little maintenance can help it last longer while also preserving its good looks.
Although it isn’t tricky to keep these items clean and take good care, it does require knowledge of how to properly clean and maintain a variety of materials regularly.
With no cushions, your patio furniture can look new in a matter of minutes. It will take a little longer to thoroughly clean textiles like cushions and pillows if you have them.
Your patio furniture will look as good as new with this easy-to-follow DIY caring guide. However, you should always consult the manufacturer’s instructions for the best way to care for your specific patio furniture.
Teak patio furniture
With age, teak furniture takes on a silvery grey texture that has nothing to do with dryness or structural flaws. Because of its natural oils, this hardwood is highly durable and robust in a wide range of environments, requiring little to no care and maintenance. Due to its weather resistance, teak isn’t required to be stored or protected with tarps during the winter months.
New teak furniture usually comes with maintenance instructions. The instructions should be followed and kept in a safe place for future reference. No worries if you don’t have any teak care instructions. Dust your teak furniture regularly and clean it with a mild soapy water mixture if necessary. A UV inhibitor and Tung or linseed oil should be applied three or four times a year to maintain the golden glow.
Other Wood and Wicker patio furniture
You can save your wood or wicker furniture from becoming dull and dingy with these simple cleaning methods. You can use Murphy Oil Soap mixed with warm water to get rid of dirt and grime. Mix 1/4 cup ammonia, 2 tablespoons white vinegar, and 1 quart of warm water for a DIY cleaning solution.
Patio furniture can be cleaned with commercial wood cleaners, but make sure to read the instructions carefully. For wicker and painted wood, thin the solution with water first. Keeping your patio furniture clean with a damp cloth is an easy way to keep it looking new for a long time. To keep the wicker clean, hose it down every few weeks.
Metal, Iron, and Aluminium patio furniture
Metal outdoor furniture needs to be cleaned properly to keep its lustre. Oxidation is the most common issue with aluminium parts. Use a metal polishing paste or a 1:1 solution of white vinegar and water to remove as much of the imperfection as possible before cleaning. Do not use ammonia or trisodium phosphate (TSP) or other alkaline cleaners, as they will cause oxidation.
Using a soft cloth dampened with a nonabrasive cleaning product, remove scuff marks from aluminium furniture. The best way to get rid of rust is to sand it off with the damaged paint. Remove any metal residue with a cloth dampened in mineral spirits or naphtha. Before painting, prep the surface with a rust-resistant primer and paint.
Plastic and Hard Resin patio furniture
Plastic patio chairs and tables that have stains or grime build-up can be easily cleaned with this DIY tip. Make your mild cleanser by combining 1/2 cup of baking soda with 1-gallon warm water or 3 tablespoons of dishwasher detergent (which contains a mild bleaching agent) and 1 gallon of warm water. Mix 1/4 cup vinegar with 1-quart warm water for coloured plastic. To keep your white plastic furniture looking new, you should avoid using chlorine and bleach on it.
White distilled vinegar can be used to remove stubborn stains; just wipe it down with a clean rag. You can also use a wet sponge and sprinkle baking soda on it to create a mild abrasive that will remove stains but not scratch the surface. Avoid using abrasive cleaners, which can damage plastic outdoor furniture. Apply a coat of automotive paste wax to your plastic furniture after cleaning it.
How often should you clean your patio furniture?
Clean your patio furniture once every three months, so schedule a deep clean at the beginning of each season to serve as a simple reminder. Excess pollen in the air can lead to the need for additional weekly rinses on your furniture, so keep an eye on it in the spring!
How to keep patio furniture clean longer?
It’s best to prevent your patio set from becoming dirty in the first place once you’ve cleaned your furniture. Good-quality canvas covers can help protect your patio furniture from the weather and keep it looking newer longer. Weekly to monthly rinsing with a water hose between professional deep cleanings will keep your furniture looking new. However, it depends on the season and the amount of dust or pollen building upon it.
How to prevent bad odours on patio furniture?
A common cause of unpleasant odours on patio furniture is mould and mildew. Warm water and Murphy Oil Soap in a solution make an excellent cleaning solution for wood furniture. Iron, plastic, and resin-based furniture is less prone to bad smells because they are constructed with less porous materials.
Musty odours can come from various places, including your outdoor cushions. As an alternative to washing the cushions in the washing machine, try spraying the cushions with an equal mixture of white vinegar and warm water to eliminate the odour. Allow the cushions to dry in the sun, then repeat the process if necessary.
Annually sanding and applying polyurethane or oil to your hardwood furniture can help protect it from the elements and make cleaning easier. Every year, even if you haven’t yet noticed any oxidation on your iron or metal furniture, plan to wipe it down with an equal mixture of white vinegar and water.
With these simple maintenance tips, you will be able to keep your patio furniture looking fresh and brand new all year round! Most modern high-end furniture dealers have long warranties (minimum 5 years on frame and 3 on fabric is standard for higher quality furnishings), but with a little bit of care and effort, you can maximize the lifespan of your new furniture well beyond those dates.