There are many things to do outdoors when you are preparing your home for use in the springtime. One of the things that should certainly not be overlooked is cleaning the deep seating patio furniture that you will likely use throughout the season. There are a number of different ways to do this and it does not need to be a complicated process. Provided you follow the following steps, you can enjoy your clean patio furniture this year with family and friends.
Inspection is key
The first step to cleaning the furniture is to inspect it. The winter can sometimes be difficult on the furniture, even if you had it in storage. Look for any major problems which will need to be repaired and check all of the moving parts to ensure that they are in proper order. You should also give the bolts a quick once-over to make sure they are tight.
Utilizing high pressure water
One of the most common ways in which people clean outdoor deep seating furniture is to use a high-pressure washer. Yes, it is going to save you time but you do run the risk of damaging the furniture as well. High-pressure washers may take advantage of any cracks or chips in the furniture and make them worse. A garden hose equipped with a proper nozzle will typically have enough pressure to clean the furniture effectively. It may take a little bit of elbow grease, but at least you will not have to worry about damaging the furniture, which is an expensive prospect. You can make up your own cleaning solution by putting a few squirts of dishwashing liquid in a gallon of warm water.
The basic: soap and water
Most types of wood and plastic can simply be wiped clean with soap and water. You may need to use a soft scrub brush on the more difficult areas. If you are cleaning outdoor deep seated furniture that is metal, however, it may be necessary for you to remove surface rust and paint it. This tends to fall under the category of general maintenance, but if you take care of it during spring cleaning, you will not need to worry about it for the rest of the year.
High quality outdoor patio furniture can last for decades. By keeping it clean and in good repair, you can continue to enjoy it with family and friends, year after year.