How to Clean Patio Furniture

As the summer goes on, you may notice that your outdoor furniture is looking a little less vibrant than it did when you first took it out of storage in the spring. Now's your chance to learn how to clean any type of lawn furniture with this handy patio furniture cleaning guide!

How to Clean Wicker Patio Furniture

Wicker is one of the most popular material choices for outdoor furniture because of its unique beauty and durability. However, the nature of the material causes a good amount of dust and cobwebs to gather in the abundant crevices. To remove dust, dirt, and other unwanted debris, use a vacuum directly on the wicker. If this isn’t enough, spray the furniture down with a hose or use a mild, oil-based soap mixed with water.

How to Clean Plastic Deck Furniture

The best way to clean your plastic lawn chairs is to dilute white vinegar with water and use it to wipe down the patio furniture. This gentle solution will remove dirt without discoloring your chairs. If they still look a bit lackluster after the cleaning, you can restore some of their old shine by wiping them down with WD-40.

How to Clean Cast Iron or Wrought Iron Outdoor Furniture

Both cast iron and wrought iron are used to craft beautiful patio furniture. These sturdy and durable metals are typically easy to care for, but can be susceptible to rust. To clean your iron patio furniture, wipe it down with mild detergent and water. Use a sponge to remove dirt from all of the crevices. Then make sure to rinse it thoroughly and dry it with a towel.

How to Clean Rattan Patio Furniture

Rattan is a beautiful and lightweight material that is used to make outdoor furniture. Because rattan furniture can be damaged by too much water, the best way to clean it is with dry suds. To do so, mix mild dish soap and water vigorously to create bubbles. Then dip a soft cloth into the suds while avoiding the actual water. Use this to wipe down the rattan and then make sure to thoroughly dry the furniture in the sun.

How to Clean Outdoor Cushions

If your outdoor cushions have removable covers, simply wash the covers in your washing machine on the gentle cycle and line dry them. If the covers aren’t removable, mix a small amount of mild detergent in water and use the mixture to spot clean your outdoor pillows. After cleaning them, make sure to rinse them thoroughly with a hose and dry them in the sun.

More Cleaning Tips:

  • Use a spray bottle full of white vinegar to inhibit mildew growth on your patio furniture cushions. You can also mix white vinegar, ammonia, baking soda and water to create a solution that will clean mildew off of wood patio furniture and wood decks.
  • If you come across a difficult stain on your lawn furniture, baking soda can be used as a mild abrasive that won’t damage the furniture’s surface. Simply use a wet sponge to work the baking soda into the stain and rinse it with water.
  • Diluted bleach is a great way to bring life back into your plastic mesh lawn furniture. It can also be used to remove stubborn mildew and to brighten white patio cushions.
  • Spray WD-40 onto plastic patio furniture and wipe it with a dry cloth to restore the color and shine.