How to clean garden furniture

Here we'll share our tips for how to clean garden furniture regardless of the material it's made of.


garden fence with spray cleaner and plant

At the end of the summer, you know you need to start cleaning teak garden furniture and other outdoor pieces as they get dirty quickly through being used regularly and often left outside in the rain or sunshine. It may be tempting to leave the cleaning of your outdoor furniture until next summer, but this could cause damage to the furniture and some bacteria may slowly eat away at the furniture. Here we'll share our tips for how to clean garden furniture quickly as summer comes to a close.

Cover outdoor furniture you’re not using at the moment, or even better, bring it inside if possible. A sturdy fabric cover will do the job, though. Don’t leave wooden furniture outside in the rain or heat as the wood may be damaged.

Cleaning plastic garden furniture

Understanding how to clean plastic garden furniture is easier than you think with these easy-to-follow steps:

  1. When cleaning plastic, take care not to scratch or dent the furniture.
  2. Mix up a bowl of warm water and washing up liquid or detergent.
  3. Dip a sponge into the mixture then sprinkle a couple of spoonfuls of baking soda over the top.
  4. Using the sponge, wipe down the plastic furniture until it’s clean.
  5. Allow the furniture to dry naturally.

Products like Cif can help remove any stubborn dirt that is still left.

Cleaning metal garden furniture

The following tips will help you figure out how to clean metal garden furniture:

  1. If your metal furniture has become dirty, rusty and tired-looking, scrubbing the exposed metal with steel wool will help to brighten the metal.
  2. Make a bowl of warm water and washing up liquid or detergent similar just like when cleaning the plastic furniture.
  3. Use the liquid to clean down the furniture, being sure to take care to clean in any decorative cut outs.
  4. Rinse the metal furniture down with clean water.
  5. To protect the furniture from the elements once clean, adding a new layer of metal paint will do the trick.

Cleaning wooden garden furniture

Use these steps for how to clean wooden garden furniture to keep it in tip top condition until next summer.

  • For softwood furniture, be careful not to saturate the wood, as water can cause rotting that will break down the material. Simply use a damp cloth and allow it to dry fully before treating it with a waterproof paint, gloss or stain to create a moisture barrier.
  • As hardwood furniture tends to have very high oil content, it is a little more robust and waterproof. All you need to do is spray a little clean water over the furniture, wiping down any stained areas, and leave it to dry.

Now you have all the tips you need for cleaning wooden garden furniture and other outdoor pieces, you can be sure to have it all ready for storing safely away during the winter months.

  • Always check your garden furniture material to ensure you’re using the right type of cleaning method.
  • Store your garden furniture in a shed or garage to protect it from the elements during winter.
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