LEARN THE RIGHT WAYS
TO CLEAN LAWN AND
Once the days begin to grow a little bit longer and
the numbers on the thermometer creep a tad higher,
outdoor entertaining season is right around the
corner. Homeowners may be anxious to once again return
to the comforts of their backyards. However, their patio
furniture may not be ready for lounging just yet.
Some simple cleaning strategies make it easy to brighten
outdoor furniture made of metal, glass, wood, and plastic.
Before homeowners know it, their backyards will be ready
for outdoor entertaining season.
Storing outdoor furniture during the colder months of the
year is a great way to protect items from the elements.
This may involve careful shrink-wrapping and keeping
items outdoors, or by moving furniture indoors to a shed
or garage. Cleaning the furniture one last time before storing
it also can be handy.
Remove stuck-on debris
Inspect furniture and be prepared to remove any stuck-on
debris, such as bird droppings, sticky food residue or even
cobwebs and insect nests. Be sure to use a cleaning tool
that is safe for the material you are cleaning. Test an inconspicuous
area of the furniture fi rst to ensure your tools
don’t damage the furniture. For example, many scrub
brushes can scratch glass or aluminum.
Make a thorough cleanser
Clean stains off of furniture with a versatile cleanser. A
mild cleaner can be made by mixing 1⁄2 cup baking soda
with 1 gallon of warm water, according to the experts at
Better Homes & Gardens. Regular dishwashing detergent
also can be mixed with water, as it has a mild bleaching
agent. This cleanser can be used on plastic resin furniture
or metal furniture, which are popular patio furniture materials.
Check the cleaning instructions of outdoor fabrics, as
there might be specifi c instructions on the tags. In some
cases, fabric may be removed and washed in a washing
machine on a gentle setting. A solution of dish soap and
warm water also is a gentle way to clean outdoor fabrics.
Once items are clean, HGTV advises applying a water-repellent
fabric protector to minimize staining and maintenance.
Strip or sand
Wood furniture may need specialized care. If stains cannot
be removed with a mild cleanser, then hard woods like
teak can be surface-sanded to restore items’ original look.
Pressure washers can often do more harm than good to
patio furniture, so it’s best to look for an alternative way to
clean them. Usually a bit of elbow grease and a cleanser is
all that’s needed. Give the cleaning product time to work.
Wipe down and dry the furniture thoroughly to prevent the
growth of mildew.
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