How to Clean Outdoor Furniture After Winter

The snowbells are out and the days are getting longer, which means that soon you may be sitting out in your garden enjoying the growing heat. However, your furniture – whether it sits out in your garden or on a patio – has seen a lot of damage over the course of winter thanks to the varying weather and is less than clean. Which means that it needs a little tender loving care before it’s usable again. With that in mind, how do you go about bringing a new shine to your furniture after a long winter up against the elements or in storage? Restoring Wooden Furniture The humble garden bench is a staple of any garden, public walkway and sprawling park. It faces wind, rain, heavy sun and the occasional downfall of snow with no complaint. However, it can soon begin to see the signs of wear and tear that is associated with such harsh and varying weather conditions. Metal Cleaning The worst part about having metal furniture is that rust and other things can easily begin to build up on the surface of your furniture. Which means that, ultimately, you will have to partake in cleaning at least once a year if not more for this furniture. If a lot of rust has built up over the winter, then the task may seem more daunting than it should. But, it doesn’t have to be! Here are a few steps to follow:
  • Make a mixture of washing up liquid and warm water.
  • Scrub the metal surface with a hard brush – particularly the rusty parts.
  • Rinse the furniture once scrubbed.
  • If any rust persists, then scrub again.
Once you are happy with the results, then you can repaint the piece to cover up any blemishes that are left on the metal after. New Life to Plastics Plastic is a much more long-suffering type of material, which should last much longer than most materials, and cleaning is much easier as a result. Mildew, marks and other weather blemishes are likely the worse of what you will see on this furniture. Use a simple, soft, sponge with slightly warm water before gently scrubbing. Most if not all of the dirt should come away with this basic cleaning technique. For harsher or more permanent stains, however, a mixture of baking soda with the warm water should suffice. If this does not work either, then a weakened solution of bleach may have to be applied. Cleaning Rattan Rattan furniture is one of the best looking pieces of furniture that you can have in your garden, but like with a lot of outdoor furniture, it can get unclean pretty easily. Luckily, the cleaning process is also perfectly simple. The most common problems facing your rattan furniture include dust, stains, sun damage, other basic wear and tear. Your furniture is water resistant as a rule, so don’t worry about having to use a mild soap and water solution in order to clean your rattan furniture effectively. Gentle, slow motions, with a sponge, should be more than enough to remove most dirt and stains from your rattan. Otherwise, the best thing you can do for your rattan furniture is to keep it covered during the rougher weather. And there you have it! No matter what type of furniture you have adorning your garden, it’s not impossible for it to be clean and beautiful by the time Spring comes – just so long as you are willing to put in a little elbow grease!