How to Clean and Maintain Outdoor Furniture

Once the weather starts to cool down, it’s time to prepare your patio furniture for winter. Like any investment, you want to know how to keep it in tip-top shape.

It’s always a good idea to give your outdoor furniture a refresher before storing away. So, after you squeeze in the last few days of outdoor enjoyment, learn about the best ways to care for your patio set.

Less is More

Non-abrasive soaps and cleaners are the best options to maintain the integrity of your furniture. The best practice is to mix a mild soap or detergent with warm water, wash by hand, and rinse with clean water.

If you’re having trouble getting dirt out of cracks and woven materials, use a soft bristle brush on those spots. There are furniture and fabric cleaners for outdoor furniture available to help with stubborn dirt.

It might be tempting, but don’t go straight for the power washer. Pressure washers are safe to use on some materials but always refer to the brand’s care and maintenance guides to be sure.

Pillows and Fabrics

If any dirt, leaves, or other loose debris has collected on your furniture, use a dry cloth to wipe it away from your fabrics.

Most outdoor pillows and cushions should not be machine washed, so always consult with the manufacturer’s recommendations for cleaning methods and materials. If you are having difficulty getting dirt, mildew, or other stains out, try a fabric cleaner specifically for patio furniture or outdoor fabrics.

Learn About the Material

Different materials possess different qualities for UV resistance, stain resistance, and water resistance.

Poly furniture is made from high-density polyethylene (HDPE) which is a recyclable plastic that never needs to be painted or stained. It also contains an added UV protective agent to resist fading. It isn’t affected by most corrosive substances and it will not promote bacterial growth. For plastics and synthetic resins, be sure to stay away from abrasive cloths or sponges that might scuff the surface.

It may seem obvious, but do not place items on furniture that can leave stains. Even dirt from flower pots can stain your outdoor tables.

Covers & Storage

It’s important to clean your outdoor furniture before storing/covering it because dirt & debris can turn into unwanted mold or mildew (depending on the type of material).

Furniture covers may be helpful in areas that are plentiful with birds or trees. They will protect your furniture from falling leaves, tree sap, and other potential damage.
For your other outdoor accessories, like hammocks and umbrellas, it’s best to store them in a waterproof area to avoid any mold or mildew.

Choose the Set That’s Ideal For You

Bassemier’s carries numerous brands like Berlin Gardens, Telescope, Patio Renaissance, Homecrest Outdoor Living, Lloyd Flanders, and more! If you need more options, you can also special order your patio set with us.

Many sets are included in our year-end clearance sale, so stay tuned for new items in 2020!