patio furniture cleaning and care

Regular patio furniture cleaning is essential to keeping it looking its best, season after season.

But with the various furniture materials out there - from vinyl, wood, and wrought iron to teak and beyond - sometime's it's hard to figure out how to safely clean each piece.

Keeping patio furniture clean can be a challenge. You wipe off the dirt and grime, your patio furniture dries, and streaks or worse appear. The same challenges arise on most outdoor pieces - you're battling Mother Nature here, after all!

Here are some dirty little secrets to mastering the art of cleaning patio furniture, and some of the best products and tools around to help you do just that!

Cleaning Patio Furniture Cushions

Most cushions today 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). Hose off spills immediately, and for deep cleaning, these products can help:

Cleaning Aluminum Patio Furniture

Wash aluminum patio furniture with mild liquid detergent to remove surface dirt and grime, rinse and dry. Coat with automotive wax every six months. These aluminum cleaners can help:

Teak Patio Furniture Cleaning

To clean outdoor teak furniture, use a mild soap solution and soft brush; rinse well. Keep teak furniture in the sun because dampness will cause mildew. These teak cleaners can help keep your teak shipshape:

Wicker Patio Furniture Cleaning

Wicker patio furniture only needs to be clean about once a year, unless you have spills. For light cleaning, wash with a solution of mild detergent and water. Rinse with a garden hose and towel dry. For deeper cleaning:

Cleaning Patio Furniture Tabletops

Patio furniture tables are really hard to clean flat. The trick to cleaning a patio table is to turn it on its side, and hose it down first. 

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