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Spring Cleaning Patio Furniture

May 22, 2019, Author: ParkAve Blog

The weather outside is beautiful, which makes it the perfect time to get out of the house and enjoy your deck, patio or porch! However, before you can relax with a glass of iced tea and relish the fresh air, you have one task to tackle—spring cleaning patio furniture. Even if your furniture stays covered all winter long, you’ll need to give it a quick clean before it’s ready for your Memorial Day plans.

Gather Your Supplies for Spring Cleaning Patio Furniture

Choose a sunny day that doesn’t have any rain in the forecast. This will give your furniture plenty of time to dry off after you clean it, and ensure that you don’t get caught in a downpour! You should also gather supplies appropriate for cleaning a wide range of materials, including:

  • Dish soap
  • Glass cleaner
  • Oil soap
  • Bleach
  • Water
  • Bucket
  • Soft cloth (microfiber if possible)
  • Sponge
  • Spray nozzle
  • Garden hose

Adapt to the Material

The best cleaning method will depend on what your patio furniture is made of. The most common materials are wood, wrought iron, plastic, resin and wicker. Use these tips for spring cleaning patio furniture:

  • Plastic, Glass or Resin: Use a mild dish soap mixed with water to wipe down the furniture and get rid of any dirt. ¼ cup of dish soap per gallon of water works well. Use a spray nozzle hose attachment to rinse everything down. Glass-top tables can be cleaned with glass cleaner.
  • Wicker: Wicker furniture can be tricky to clean, so use a very soft brush and a mild soap, like Murphy’s Oil Soap, to get rid of grime and dirt and remove stains. Rinse the furniture with a hose and let it air dry.
  • Wood: Mix together two ounces of bleach and a gallon of hot water. Using a big sponge, apply the solution and let it work for 15 minutes. Use a soft scrub brush to remove dirt, taking care to scrub along with the grain. Rinse the furniture with water and let it dry.
  • Wrought Iron: Wrought iron furniture can be hard to clean, since it is prone to rust and occasionally already has rust on it! Grab some sandpaper and softly buff off the rust. Repaint as necessary. If there isn’t any rust, you can use the same mild soap mixture you would use to clean plastic furniture to wash your wrought iron furniture. For extra protection, add a thin coat of wax and buff it with a soft cloth.

Spring Cleaning from Park Avenue Cleaning

Park Avenue Cleaning provides high-class service for everyday spaces to homeowners and business owners throughout the greater Baltimore area, whether you’re preparing for a backyard barbecue or ready to start using your patio again for the summer. Experience a truly remarkable clean with our services! To learn more and schedule your home appraisal cleaning, call us today at (877) 546-9837.