You don’t have to let bad weather destroy your patio furniture. Temperature changes and excess moisture don’t have to mean the end to your favorite Big Lots Furniture pieces. You just need to plan for cleaning and storing outdoor furniture properly to protect your investment.
How To Clean Patio Furniture
1. Position items on a flat solid surface, such as a driveway or patio, or any other surface that won’t become muddy when water is introduced.
2. Remove all soft furnishings, including cushions.
4. Set your hose sprayer head to the most forceful setting and hose down all your furniture. Avoid using a pressure washer, as it can damage painted surfaces, wicker, and natural wood.
5. Mix up a solution of environmentally friendly soapy cleaner in a gallon bucket. Simple Green is an example of a biodegradable, effective, all-purpose non-toxic outdoor furniture cleaning solution. Be sure to saturate furniture with the soapy solution for the most effective dirt removal.
6. Select the right cleaning tool. Cushions should be cleaned with soft sponges whereas metal, canvas, wicker, plastic, and wooden surfaces can normally be cleaned with a scrubbing brush — just be sure to scrub against the grain when cleaning wooden furniture.
7. Rinse thoroughly and repeat if necessary. Tough stains may require several cleaning repetitions.
8. Before putting your furniture into storage, ensure that it’s fully dry. Either allow it to air dry or use a cloth to remove all surface moisture.