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Outdoor Furniture Maintenance

May 17, 2012

You can clean most outdoor furniture with soap and water. A pressure washer with 1,200 to 1,350 pounds per square inch is useful for cleaning many types of outdoor furniture, but you must use a low setting. In addition to cleaning, there are maintenance steps you can take to help your furniture last longer:

  • Wicker outdoor furniture can be cleaned using a hose or pressure washer. Simply remove the cushions, and spray off dirt and spills.
  • Wooden outdoor furniture can be cleaned using soapy water. Be sure to completely rinse the furniture with clean water.
  • Fabric outdoor furniture, such as hammocks and cloth chairs, should be machine-washed using the gentle cycle. Add bleach for white items. Hang outside to dry. To avoid shrinkage, stretch back over the frame before the fabric is completely dry.
  • Umbrellas require maintenance after being in storage. Covers need washing and umbrella frame joints need oiling. Wash covers using a soft-bristled brush, mild soap and cold water.
  • Acrylic cushions should be removed from the frame before cleaning.  Some types of cushions are mildew-resistant, but if you have a problem with mildew, use a solution of 1 cup of bleach, 2 cups of detergent and 1 gallon of water to clean. Mix thoroughly and spray on the entire cushion. Allow it to soak for 30 minutes. Scrub with a sponge or clean rag. Rinse with clean water and allow to dry completely.
  • Aluminum, wrought iron and steel frames require cleaning with water and mild soap. Many modern metal frames are rust-resistant or rust-free.

More information can be found on Lowes.com at Lowe’s Outdoor Furniture Maintenance.

As an Accredited Home Stager and a full service realtor, I will be happy to review your property and make specific suggestions.

Patty Cunningham, Realtor®
Coldwell Banker Preferred
Exton, PA 19341
O.        610.363.6006
C.        610.659.4669
Lic #RS294054

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