How To Clean Garden Furniture

No matter how well you maintain your outdoor furniture, every now and then the unpredictable British weather can catch you off guard. Whether it’s a sudden shower that hits before you’ve had time to find your garden furniture covers or a gust of wind that knocks over a glass of redsome accidents are unavoidable!

Although our garden tables, chairs and benches are weatherproof and built to last, cleaning garden furniture properly can make it look brand new again.

Make A Mildew, Mould And Moss Remover

It doesn’t matter whether you have wood, plastic or metal garden furniture, if it has been left exposed to moisture, no material is 100% resistant to mildew, mould and moss. It can be disheartening to find that your beloved garden table and chairs have been affected by mould—but don’t worry we have the perfect solution. Our mildew, mould and moss remover is easy to make from things you already have around the house. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Fill a bucket half full of water and add one cup of washing up powder and one cup of bleach (remember to be careful with the bleach).
  2. Cover the affected furniture in this handy mixture and give it four minutes to soak.
  3. Give it a good wipe over, before hosing down the furniture to make sure all of the solution is removed.

Removing Bird Droppings

It can be quite frustrating to find a bird has used your favourite outdoor furniture set as a toilet. However, bird droppings are really quite simple to remove, whether it’s a simple plastic table and chair set or beautiful teak garden furniture.

All that is needed to remove bird droppings from most types of outdoor furniture is warm, soapy water and lots of elbow grease!

How To Clean Plastic Garden Furniture

Plastic garden furniture sets can be great if you are looking for something long lasting and affordable. However, without proper care, your white plastic chairs can soon lose their shine and become something your guests would rather avoid. Here’s how to bring back that shine to your plastic garden furniture:

For a deep clean:

  1. Slip on a pair of rubber gloves before adding ¼ of a cup of bleach to a hot bucket of water.
  2. Give the chairs a good scrub with the solution and then allow to sit on the furniture for a couple of minutes.
  3. Rinse down the garden furniture with clean water (a hose can make this easier), and then dry down with a cloth or leave them in sunlight to dry.

For a lighter clean and to bring back the shine, simply replace the bleach with vinegar in the above steps.

How To Clean Metal Garden Furniture

The most common issue with metal and aluminium garden furniture is rusting. Here’s our handy guide for beating rust:

  1. If the rust is only affecting the surface, use a sturdy sponge or brush and metal polishing paste or a homemade solution (we recommend mixing vinegar and water) and scrub off as much of the rust as possible. Do not use alkaline cleaners and chemicals like TSP (trisodium phosphate) and ammonia.
  2. If the rust has eaten through the paint and is starting to affect the metal more thorough action is needed. Firstly, sand down the affected areas and then wipe it down with mineral spirits and a damp cloth. Using a rust resistant primer, cover the whole furniture or the exposed metal parts, before finally painting with a rust resistant paint.

We hope you've found these tips useful. Keep checking back at the blog for more helpful tips and guides.

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