Are you ready for patio season? After months of being shut in with the dust and dirt, your outdoor furniture is more than ready to see the light of day! The only dilemma is that no one wants to sit on a grimy chair or eat off a dirty table. Freshen up your favourite outdoor furniture after a long winter with our cleaning guide!
How to Get Started
Whether you store your outdoor furniture uncovered or not, dust is likely to gather on any items that have been left unused for an extended period. Start by using a brush or dry cloth to wipe away any loose debris or dust. For a heavier pre-clean, hose off your furniture with a medium spray setting. Be sure to remove cushions and decorative accessories before cleaning.
Outdoor furniture with aluminum frames withstand moisture and the elements, with the ability to resist rust. If you notice slight discoloration, wash the area with mild detergent and water to remove oxidization. It helps to add a natural acid like lemon juice, or vinegar for even more cleaning power. Carefully rinse on a medium spray setting.
Resin wicker has a textured surface, so it's important to get in between the weaves with a soft-bristled cleaning brush. Gently scrub with a solution of ¼ cup white vinegar mixed with mild detergent and water. The most important step is to make sure you thoroughly rinse after cleaning. Do not allow any soapy residue to remain in between the weaves.
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Whether it be cushions or canopies, Nuvella fabric is an absolute breeze to clean! After sitting for the winter, remove stubborn stains with a diluted bleach solution using 1 cup of bleach to 1 gallon of lukewarm water. Apply the solution directly to the area using a soft cloth or brush. Be sure to rinse thoroughly and allow to dry.
An outdoor table with a porcelain or glass tabletop can become grimy when stored over the winter. Using a microfiber cloth, wash with dish detergent and hot water. If you are unable to remove the tabletop, lay a thick blanket on the ground, turn the table upside down and repeat the cleaning method for the underside.
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