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Posted January 21, 2023 by Mike Lewis under Tips

Spring has sprung, and it’s time to get your outdoor furniture in top shape for the season. Outdoor furniture is exposed to the elements, and over time, it can become dirty, stained, and even moldy. In this article, we’ll share some tips and tricks you haven’t heard before to help you clean and maintain your outdoor furniture. Whether you have plastic, metal, wood, or wicker furniture, we’ve got you covered.

How to Clean Your Outdoor Furniture for Spring: Tips and Tricks You Haven’t Heard Before
Handyman uses a water spray gun to hose down concrete patio furniture where he works.

Cleaning Plastic Furniture

Plastic furniture is lightweight, durable, and easy to clean. However, it can get dirty and stained from exposure to the elements. Here are some tips to help you clean your plastic furniture:

Use a Mild Detergent Solution

Mix a mild detergent solution in a bucket of warm water. Dip a soft-bristled brush into the solution and scrub the plastic furniture gently. Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners that can scratch the surface of the furniture.

Use Baking Soda and Vinegar

For tough stains and mildew, mix baking soda and white vinegar to form a paste. Apply the paste to the stained areas and let it sit for 15-20 minutes. Scrub the furniture with a soft-bristled brush, and rinse it off with a hose.

Cleaning Metal Furniture

Metal furniture is sturdy and durable, but it can rust and corrode over time. Here’s how to clean your metal furniture:

Use a Rust Remover

If your metal furniture has rust spots, use a rust remover to get rid of them. Apply the rust remover to the affected areas, and let it sit for the recommended time. Scrub the furniture with a soft-bristled brush, and rinse it off with a hose.

Use a Metal Polish

To keep your metal furniture looking shiny and new, use a metal polish. Apply the polish to a soft cloth, and rub it onto the metal in circular motions. Buff the metal with a clean cloth to remove any excess polish.

Cleaning Wood Furniture

Wood furniture is beautiful and natural, but it can fade and discolor over time. Here’s how to clean your wood furniture:

Use a Wood Cleaner

Use a wood cleaner to remove dirt, grime, and stains from your wood furniture. Apply the cleaner to a soft cloth, and wipe down the furniture in the direction of the grain. Rinse the cloth frequently, and avoid using too much water.

Use a Wood Sealer

To protect your wood furniture from the elements, use a wood sealer. Apply the sealer to a soft cloth, and rub it onto the wood in the direction of the grain. Let the sealer dry completely before using the furniture.

Cleaning Wicker Furniture

Wicker furniture is lightweight and stylish, but it can become dull and dirty over time. Here’s how to clean your wicker furniture:

Use a Soft-Bristled Brush

Use a soft-bristled brush to remove dirt and dust from your wicker furniture. Brush the furniture gently in the direction of the weave, and avoid using too much force.

Use a Vacuum Cleaner

Use a vacuum cleaner with a soft-bristled brush attachment to remove dirt and dust from the crevices of your wicker furniture. Vacuum the furniture gently, and avoid using too much suction.


Cleaning your outdoor furniture doesn’t have to be a chore. With these tips and tricks, you can keep your furniture looking great all season long. Remember to use gentle cleaning solutions, avoid harsh chemicals, and protect your furniture from the elements with sealers and polishes. With a little effort, your outdoor furniture will look like new for years to come.

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