How to Clean Patio Furniture – 3 Quick and Super Simple Ways

After a whole spring and summer of use your outdoor patio furniture needs to be cleaned to make sure it looks its best. Of course, that is true in the spring too when you are getting ready for the new season’s use.

Either way there are some special ways to clean the different kinds of patio sets. Here are some I’ve found.

Aluminum Furniture:

Aluminum doesn’t rust but it does oxidize. This is the white hazy look you’ve seen on furniture that has been left out.

  • Use mild soap and water.
  • Soak a clean dishrag or shop cloth in the warm soap and water solution
  • Wipe off the furniture using the soapy rag
  • Dry off the patio set with a clean towel
  • After dirt is removed use a metal cleaner/polishing paste

That stuff you probably already know but here is the tip you probably didn’t. Use car wax!

A carnauba based car wax will protect your aluminum patio furniture just as it protects the sheet metal on your car.

It will keep minor scratches and stuff from getting to the metal and it is a heck of a lot easier to re-apply car wax than it is to repaint a table!

Also, don’t use harsh brushes or cleaners. They will scratch your furniture and do more harm than good. Some Cleaners, like window cleaner, have alkaline in them and that can actually cause the oxidation we are trying to remove.

White Resin/Plastic Furniture:

  • Use dishwasher detergent and warm water. Most dishwasher detergents have a small amount of bleach and this is what helps whiten your furniture.
  • After you wipe the solution on your tables and chairs leave it on for 10 or 15 minutes to give the bleach time to work.
  • Using car wax on resin and plastic furniture works well too. This is best used on new furniture but it doesn’t hurt to put it on older stuff after you’ve cleaned it.

If you don’t want to use dishwasher detergent you can have the same effect with using regular bleach, laundry detergent and warm water.

With either of these methods, because you are using bleach, make sure you wear gloves and clean in an open area. Passing out from fumes wouldn’t do your furniture any good!

Unfinished Wood Furniture:

  • Use a combination of ammonia, vinegar and water. Use about a cup of ammonia, a half a cup of vinegar, and a gallon of water to get the correct ratio.
  • Scrub the mixture above into your wood and rinse it off very well.
  • Pat the furniture dry with a towel to remove excess water and chemicals.

Teak Outdoor Furniture – The Perfect Touch To Your Backyard Decor

One of the things that will set a home apart is the choice made when selecting outdoor furniture. Regardless of the landscaping and other attractive features that may be in the outdoor space, old or unsightly furniture will spoil the overall effect. Some homes have beautiful patios made of brick or other materials, but it is the furniture that will present viewers, as well as the homeowner, with a completed and attractive area for relaxing or enjoying a visit with friends.

Teak outdoor furniture presents a picture of elegance and reflects the owner’s obvious sense of decorating style as well as their knowledge of something that is a cut above any others on the market. The wood used in constructing this furniture originates on Southeast Asian plantations where it is grown under government regulations to assure only the best lumber is exported.

This furniture is manufactured in the wood’s natural state and can be used indoors or out. With its natural oils, they are finished by the manufacturer and do not require varnish or other extras to allow them to retain their natural beauty after a purchase. This type of tree is only harvested when it reaches maturity, thus having a resistance to water damage or splits that are common in other types of outdoor furniture made of wood.

There are many different types of Teak outdoor furniture that come in a variety of colors and styles. The outdoor sets are specially treated to withstand the weather and are available in a number of different designs which makes it easy to choose something that will fit in beautifully with one’s d├ęcor and personal taste. This applies to whether the furniture is placed on a patio or in other backyard areas.

It is also possible to purchase other types of Teak furniture to complete a beautiful outdoor area. Things such as garden planters, benches, loungers, storage boxes, end tables, and other items are equally attractive and make it possible to add to the backyard design and present a cohesive, elegant look.

Completing the backyard with this type of furniture shows the ability of the homeowner to have something that is not only original, but attractive as well. The craftsmanship of Teak products is immediately evident when put into place and far above outdoor furniture made from other materials.

The chairs or loungers are available with or without cushions. These make them very comfortable as well as offering the opportunity to have a special fabric design which blends in beautifully with the surroundings. These are very comfortable for guests as well as relaxing in the afternoon or evening hours. Stretching out on a lounger with matching ottoman provides a perfect place to rest at the end of a busy day.