We are beginning to see spring decorations on store shelves and it will soon be time to set up the outdoor patio. This means getting the furniture out of storage or removing the covers that protected the chairs and tables during the winter. Part of the spring cleaning duties involves getting this furniture into peak condition so it will be ready for those warm spring and summer days!
You will need:
• Dish detergent
• Broom, nylon bristled brush, or leaf blower
• Vinegar (for aluminum furniture)
• Car wax (for plastic or metal furniture)
• Paint or sealant (for wood furniture)
• Water hose
Step 1: Remove covers from outdoor furniture and use the leaf blower, broom, or nylon bristled brush to brush off branches, flowers, and leaves that may have accumulated. Shake out the cushions.
Step 2: Use the water hose to remove remaining dirt, dust, stains, sap, or other residue. If the cushions are washable, hose them down as well.
Step 3: Mix dish detergent and warm water in a bucket. Clean non-aluminum furniture. Using the nylon bristled brush, apply the soapy water to the furniture and scrub any remaining debris. Rinse the furniture with warm water. Do the same for the cushions if they are washable.
Step 4: If the furniture is aluminum, clean and protect it by applying a solution of vinegar and water using a soft cloth. Do not use abrasive products on aluminum because they can scratch.
Step 5: Protect and polish plastic or metal furniture with several coats of car wax applied with a soft cloth.
Step 6: Repaint wood or wicker furniture as needed. If compatible, sealants like those used to waterproof wooden patios or decks can be used.
Step 7: Keep an eye on painted metal furniture, identifying any irregularities or bubbles on the painted surface. These indicate that rust may be developing under the paint. Restore affected pieces before rust forms.