As the weather cools off you might find that you’re not using your patio furniture very much. But that doesn’t mean you should forget it’s there! Your outdoor set will need some TLC to survive the season ahead.
The easiest solution is to keep the manufacturer’s instruction manual for best cleaning practices for your patio furniture. If you’ve lost the manual, the manufacturer may have a digital copy on their website. If both of these avenues fail, then follow these general guidelines for the most common patio furniture materials.
Resin: Resin only requires the occasional rinse with pressurized water. If it becomes very dirty, scrub it with a mild detergent.
Wood: Clean any wood furniture with soap and water. If your furniture isn’t already sealed, then apply a coat of exterior grade varnish. When we officially hit winter temperatures, it’s time to bring your items inside to protect them from cracks and breakage.
Wicker: Your wicker furniture can be hosed down or even sprayed with a pressure washer on a low setting. If the frame gets especially dirty, feel free to use soap. Lay a coat of paste wax on wicker for long-term protection, but bring in the cushions and cover to protect from weather damage.
Iron, Steel, Aluminum: The biggest threat to metal framed furniture is rust. If you see rust, spot check it with an aerosol rust remover, clean the frame with soap and water and seal it with paste wax.
Fabric: Almost all fabrics can be washed on a delicate cycle with a mild laundry detergent. Hang dry and stretch your chair fabric across the frame to avoid shrinkage.
Umbrellas: Your patio umbrella can be cleaned with a mild detergent and soft brush. If it has a wire frame, you may need to oil the frame occasionally. If it has a wooden frame, then treat with paste wax to ensure smooth operation. Take your umbrella indoors on windy days. You don’t want to find it in your neighbor’s backyard!