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How Should I Clean My Outdoor Furniture?

*Always check for the manufacturer’s recommended care instructions on your furniture and on cushion tags.  Those instructions should always be followed first.  Your furniture company’s website may also provide resources for cleaning and care.

Outdoor Furniture

Spring is right around the corner and many of us find ourselves looking at our patio furniture as a project.  A refresh or at least a good cleaning may be in order.  With that said, we would like to share the following guidelines:

Cast Aluminum:

Cover the furniture pieces from top to bottom with all-purpose cleaner and rub with a soft, nylon scrub brush.  Next, wipe with a microfiber cloth removing all cleaner as well as debris.  For an added layer of protections, finish with a coat of car wax.


Combine 1 quart of warm water, 1 teaspoon of dish washing detergent and 1 tablespoon of Borax in a bucket.  Using a sponge, scrub the cushions on all sides.  Let the solution soak in for 15 minutes and rinse with a hose.  Stand each cushion on its side to dry.


Hammocks collect a great deal of debris so washing a hammock several times a season is recommended.  Place the hammock on a clean tarp and spray with a hose.  Using a soft brush scrub with warm water and liquid dish washing soap.  Rinse and repeat on the other side.  Allow to dry in the sun.


Spray down plastic furniture with a hose then scrub with a warm water and baking soda solution.  Rinse with the hose and allow to dry in the sun.


Whether your teak is natural or sealed with a protectant, the cleaning method for teak furniture is the same.  Combine a 50/50 mixture of dish or laundry detergent and warm water (boat owners swear by Wisk laundry detergent).  Apply using a soft bristle brush.  Allow the mixture to sit on the wood several minutes then rinse well with clean water using the brush to help push away detergent and dirt.  Towel dry.

*Although teak is highly durable, never use steel wool or  pressure hose on teak.  Steel wool can break off and become embedded in the wood and a power washer will strip away the wood’s natural protectants.


Using a water hose rinse off the umbrella thoroughly.  Rub a wet, soft bristled brush across a bar of soap then, working from top to bottom, use the brush to scrub the umbrella going back and reapplying soap to the brush as needed.  Rinse with the hose and leave umbrella open to dry.


Use your vacuum’s crevice attachment or a dry paint brush to dislodge any debris.  Next, wet a clean, microfiber cloth with a multipurpose cleaner and wipe over the entire surface.   Rinse with a clean, damp sponge.  Wipe with a dry fiber cloth to prevent any mildew.

Wrought Iron:

Mix warm water and mild dish detergent in a bucket.  Use the mixture to wipe down the entire surface.  Rinse with clean water from the hose.  Towel dry.

Here’s to a bit of a refresh for us all!  We wish you and your family and friends many hours of time this spring, outdoors enjoying life poolside!  – your friends at the Master Pools Guild

Source: MPG Blog Living Poolside