Fall patio furniture cleaning is essential if you want to ensure you'll have useable pieces to pull out of storage on those occasional warm winter days and nights ahead.
Removing a summer's worth of dirt and grime from patio furniture before you put it away for winter also has a second benefit - it will will be clean and ready to enjoy when you unwrap it next spring.
Here's the fall patio furniture cleaning routine that will keep your pieces looking good for the outdoor living season ahead.
Most patio chair cushions have synthetic covers and polyester fill and are designed to withstand the elements. Still, they could use some help if you'd like them to last for the long term (or at least a few seasons.)
Use a spray enzyme cleaner on stubborn spots to remove them. Set the furniture cushions on their ends in the sun until completely dry. If the cushions have mildew, place them on a flat cement surface and saturate with a solution of 1 cup bleach, 3 gallons of warm water, and 1/2 cup of laundry detergent.
Let the wet cushions sit in the sun
for several hours. Rinse, then allow to dry in the sun for several days
or until fully dried. Store clean, dry outdoor furniture cushions in plastic trash bags.
To clean a hammock, lay it flat and scrub with a solution of hand dish-washing detergent in warm water. Scrub stains and spots away with a nylon scrubber. Rinse, turn over, and clean the other side. Rinse again. Hang to dry. Don't use bleach on your hammock - it will destroy the fibers.
When you bring it out next spring, spray it with a water repellent to minimize water retention, which can cause your hammock to suffer a premature demise. Cotton hammocks soak up water like a sponge.
Begin cleaning a season's worth of dirt from a patio umbrella by taking it apart.
Put the top part back into the stand so that it's within reach. Next, crank the umbrella open.
Wash the fabric with a liquid dish-washing detergent mixed with water and applied with a sponge.
If your umbrella is vinyl, use a cleaner made for convertible car tops. It works wonders on these sun-beaten skin-savers.
Dry the umbrella open in full sun for a day or two. Never put an umbrella away even slightly damp. That's a recipe for mildew.
Visit the Clean Organized Home Store for the cleaning products and tools to get your patio furniture settled in for a long winter's nap.