How Do You Clean Your Outdoor Furniture?

Posted by in on May 12, 2016 . 0 Comments.

Different types of materials require different cleaning techniques.  When in doubt you can always contact the manufacture of your furniture or the store you bought it at with cleaning questions. At Inside Out Furniture Direct we are happy to help you with any question regarding your patio furniture.

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Regular cleaning is important to keep outdoor furniture looking good. Harsh and severe weather can leave patio or lawn furniture looking dingy, tired and less than inviting. You'll find these suggestions especially handy when it’s time to spruce up those outdoor living spaces as warm weather finally returns and the backyard beckons for lounging, grilling or entertaining alfresco.

Getting Started

Dust, leaves and other loose debris are likely to gather on any furniture that has been left uncovered during extended periods without use. Start your cleanup by using a brush or dry cloth to wipe away any loose materials. Wood, metal, plastic or fabric may be sprayed down using a garden hose with a spray attachment to dislodge lingering surface debris

Wicker, Teak and Other Wood

Use a mild oil soap or soapy water and a soft brush or sponge to remove any grit or grime. Wicker may require a toothbrush to get into the weave and can be time-consuming. To ease this chore, clean regularly to reduce build-up. Hard woods like teak and ipe will clean up nicely when you use a weak solution of laundry detergent or one of the many commercial products available specifically for the job. Work in small sections and dry thoroughly when finished.

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Wrought aluminum and stainless steel are popular choices for outdoor furniture for their durability and ease of maintenance. In most cases, metal patio furniture will easily return to great condition by using a sponge or brush to clean surfaces with a quarter cup of mild dish soap added to a gallon of warm water.

Marine Grade Polymer

Resin furniture is highly durable and comes in a wide variety of styles, making it the most popular choice for deck and lawn furniture. It also happens to be the easiest to maintain. Simply spray with an all-purpose cleaner and wipe down with a sponge or damp cloth to keep plastic furniture looking good.


Seat covers and stretched fabric look great, but can get dirty quickly. We always recommend Sunbrella Fabric because the it is acrylic died fabric to prevent fading. The safest method for cleaning is to use a solution of dish soap and warm water. Whenever possible, consult manufacturer's instructions for recommended cleaning methods. In some cases, fabric may be removed and washed in a washing machine set to gentle or taken to the dry cleaners. Once clean, we like to apply Mold-X to help prevent any mold growth, especially in the southern states that battle high humidity.

Dealing With Mold

Rain and humidity often leave outdoor furniture damp and prone to the development of mold and mildew on its surfaces. To deal with mold, make sure the furniture is dry and scrub with a brush to remove surface mold and spray with a hose to rinse. As we mentioned above Mold-X is a great product found at your local hardware store and can be used on both the fabric and the frame of your outdoor furniture.

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We hope you’ve enjoyed our cleaning tips, please feel free to contact us with any questions at 800-876-8985

At Inside Out Furniture Direct we only sell quality patio furniture that will last regardless of where you live. Some of our favorite brands included: Patio Renaissance, Telescope Casual, Hanamint, OW Lee, Firetainment and more. Visit our website for more details

Enjoy your outdoor oasis today!

Last update: May 12, 2016


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