How to Clean Your Outdoor Wooden Swing

An outdoor swing is ideal when you want to unwind and relax. But such swings attract dirt easily, so it is important to clean them regularly.

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How to Clean Your Outdoor Wooden Swing

Wooden swings are popular in outdoor spaces. They not only add a rustic look to the area, but also last long. However, they require regular cleaning and proper care. Here is a step-by-step surface cleaning process to help you clean your swing.

Step 1: Dust the Swing

Dust the swing to remove loose dirt and scrape off any bird droppings. Dusting often will reduce the chances of a bug or termite infestation. Make sure you dust not only the surface but also the corners and undersides. This is important because bugs can build hives in these dark, often ignored spaces, which can be harmful if you have children playing on your swing.

Step 2: Spray Water

To make your surface cleaning process easy, spray water on your swing using a hose. The water pressure will remove the dirt stuck to your wooden swing. If you use a pressure washer, do not keep the pressure too high as it may damage the wood.

Step 3: Wash

Now it’s time to wash your wooden swing. Make a mixture comprising 2-3 drops of liquid soap and water. Pour the soapy solution on the swing and let it sit for 2-3 minutes. Use a soft-bristled brush to scrub the swing in a circular motion. This will remove mildew and dirt from the swing. Spray the swing with clean water again, or dip a cloth in a bucket of clean water and wipe the swing to remove any soap residue.

Step 4: Let it Dry

Finally, you need to let the swing dry completely before using it. It’s advisable to wipe it down with a dry cloth and then let the swing dry naturally to make sure no watermarks are left behind.

There you have it! You'll have a clean wooden swing in no time with these simple steps!

Key Step:

Rub a slice of cucumber on the steel chains of your swing to make them shine.

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