Tips On Taking Care Of Your Outdoor Furniture

The Mountain Life Team Blogger August 16, 2008

Keep your outdoor furniture sparkling and ready for barbecues, parties and leisurely weekends with these handy cleaning solutions:

Exterior LivingConventional Plastic Web Lawn Chairs
Clean plastic webbing with an all-purpose cleaner, using a scrub brush to remove stains. If the webbing is looking dingy, try mixing some detergent and a half-cup of bleach in one gallon of water to use as a cleaning solution. As a last resort, local hardware stores sell kits for re-webbing a chair when the original webbing resists your best cleaning efforts or has deteriorated beyond use.

To keep the aluminum frames opening and closing easily, fill an eye dropper with vegetable oil and squirt into all the joints. If the aluminum has corroded, polish very lightly with a fine-grade steel wool.

Stacking Resin Chairs
White resin
– Use a cleaning solution of three tablespoons of automatic dish washing detergent dissolved in one gallon of warm water. The dish washing detergent contains a bleaching agent that will whiten the plastic. Note: Do not use this cleaning solution on colored resin.

Colored resin – Most commercial cleaners are too abrasive to be used on resin lawn furniture. To keep from scratching or dulling the surface, clean with a wet sponge dipped in baking soda, using circular motions, then rinse well. Soapy water will work well on lightly soiled chairs.

To bring back color and shine to faded resin furniture, simply spray with WD-40 and wipe with a clean, dry cloth – you’ll be surprised at the results!

Rattan and Wicker
First, dust the furniture or use a soft brush to remove debris from crevices. Clean with a mixture of one tablespoon of dish washing soap to one gallon of water, and rinse well. Let them dry thoroughly before using again because the fibers can stretch while wet. If one of the stems on the back of the chair is broken, simply glue the pieces together and tape above and below the glued joint to stabilize while drying overnight.

Montana DinnerTeak
Teak is one of the most durable and low maintenance woods used in outdoor furniture. If it is oiled, it will retain its warm, reddish-brown color. If left untreated, it will weather to a silver-gray patina.

If your teak furniture requires cleaning, this can be done with a VERY soft brush or pad and some warm, soapy water. Wash down afterwards with clean water. Do not use high-pressure hoses, and steel wool or steel wire brushes should not be used at all, as any residue left in the grain will rust and discolor the wood.

If the furniture has some stubborn and heavily ingrained stains, these can be removed by sanding with a fine grade of sandpaper, working only with the direction of the timber grain. After sanding the stains away, you may wish to re-oil the area, or if the furniture had previously been left natural, the fresh teak color exposed by sanding will soon mellow in with the existing patina.

There is nothing like entertaining in the Great Outdoors of The North Georgia Mountains. Outdoor Entertainment Areas have become a highly sought after amenity of the Mountain Homes and Cabins that I am selling these days. Outdoor Fireplaces and Front Porch Views are what owning a Cabin in the Georgia Mountains is all about.

I hope that this article compliments of the good folks at Old Republic has been helpful to you. Should you have any questions or concerns in regards to Real Estate in the North Georgia Mountains, I would be grateful for the opportunity to help you. You can call me at 70.633.8186, or shoot me an email at ChadL@KW.com. Thanks again for taking the time to come up on The Porch and I certainly hope that you come back and visit as often as you like.

Make it a GREAT day!

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  1. Nice reference article. Useful information, had not thought about actually taking care of my outdoor furniture. I usually wait until I am on an emergency reconnaissance mission to rescue it from fall storms…

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