It’s the Season of Deep Cleaning: What I Do To Make My Outdoor Furniture Look Like New

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Everyone knows that spring is the season of deep cleaning. But what does that actually mean for our gardens? Well, if you’re a gardening-obsessed girly like I am, chances are that all you ever want to do is make sure your outdoor space looks as polished as possible. And the best way to do that? By making sure your outdoor furniture looks impeccable. However, doing that is often easier said than done. So, to help you with that — here’s everything I do to make my outdoor furniture look like new.

Take a Look at the Damage

Preparation is key, so before diving into the cleaning process, take a moment to carefully assess the condition of your outdoor furniture. Look for signs of wear and tear, such as stains, mold, mildew, rust spots, or faded upholstery. Make note of any spots that will need extra attention or even repairs. This will help you identify potential issues upfront. You’ll know what to buy, where to start, and which furniture items will need a full-on replacement.

Gathering Your Supplies

Next, it’s time to gather all the necessary cleaning supplies and equipment to tackle the task at hand. You’ll need items such as a bucket, mild detergent or soap, a soft-bristle brush or sponge, a hose or pressure washer, and a scrubbing pad for tougher stains. Of course, if needed, don’t forget to buy specialized cleaners or treatments for specific materials such as wood, metal, or fabric. Having everything on hand will streamline the cleaning process and ensure you’re prepared to handle any obstacles that may come your way.

Cleaning and Restoring

Now it’s time to roll up your sleeves and get to work! Start by giving your outdoor furniture a thorough cleaning with soap and water. Use a soft-bristle brush or sponge to scrub away dirt, grime, and any stubborn stains. Pay close attention to crevices, joints, and any small details that could harbor dirt. For tougher stains or mildew, chances are that you’ll need to use a specialized cleaner or treatment designed for outdoor furniture. Once the furniture is clean, rinse it thoroughly with water to remove any soap residue. Finally, allow it to dry completely.

Focusing on Upholstery

If your outdoor furniture features fabric upholstery, don’t overlook this important step in the cleaning process. Spot clean any stains with a gentle detergent or upholstery cleaner, and use a scrubbing brush or sponge to remove dirt and debris. If the fabric is removable, consider washing it in the washing machine or hand washing it with mild detergent. Any pesky stains? Use a fabric stain remover and let it work its magic for at least 10-15 minutes. Then rinse it out and wash it again. After you’re done with the washing, allow the fabric to air dry completely before putting it back on your furniture.


Finally, let’s talk a bit about maintenance. After doing all of that cleaning, it’s time to take proactive steps to protect it from future damage. Apply a sealant, wax, or protective coating to any exposed wood or metal surfaces to repel water, prevent rust or corrosion, and prolong the life of your furniture. If you live in an area with an unstable climate, I would strongly encourage you to invest in furniture covers or store your pieces indoors during bad weather conditions.

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