Whether you have your first barbecue dinner party or you’re having guests over after a long time, you must also be planning on sorting out your outdoor living room. The problem is, it can be a little challenging to decide where to begin.
Cleaning out your patio, deck, or whatever type of outdoor living area you have can be overwhelming to think about, especially if you haven’t used it in a while. But if you focus on it a bit at a time, you will thank yourself by the time you’re done with all of it. Just don’t put too much pressure on yourself.
Start with your cushions
If you don’t have cushions, skip this step. If your outdoor furniture has cushions with removable covers, it would be much easier. Your washing machine can help you with that. To make it easier, soak them in water and detergent before putting them in so the washing wouldn’t be so harsh in the fabric.
To deep clean your upholstery couch, it would take time to do since it would take more effort and more time to air dry. So if you’re planning on washing your couch entirely, better do it earlier.
However, if your cushions don’t have removable covers, then you’re going to have to wash the cushions themselves with detergent and warm water. If you don’t have time to soak and wash them, you can mix dishwashing detergent and warm water and pour the mixture into a spray bottle. Spray the solution on the entire surface, then let them dry, preferably sun dry them.
Cleaning your wooden furniture
The first thing you want to do is get rid of all the easy-to-remove grime from your furniture. You can do this by hosing them all. This is applicable to whatever type of outdoor furniture you have. It’ll make it easier to remove tough dirt and stains. The strong pressure of the hose can easily drive away soil, pollen, and dust.
It’s alright if you don’t have easy access to a hose, but you can also expect a much deeper cleaning and a little more time.
To clean your wooden furniture, you can DIY a cleaning solution whose ingredients can be found in your kitchen or pantry. The elements include ammonia, white vinegar, and warm water. How easy is that? However, be careful if you have painted wicker since it might require diluting the solution.
If your deck or patio has Trex horizontal fencing or whatever type you got, don’t leave them out.
For plastic and metal furniture
Plastic is a popular choice of material for patio or lawn furniture since it happens to be the least difficult to clean and maintain. To clean plastic and resin furniture, don’t use abrasives but merely spray them with an all-purpose cleaner and disinfectant, then wipe down with a damp cloth of a sponge. That’s it for plastic and resin.
As for cleaning outdoor metal furniture, you can mostly find wrought iron and stainless steel because of their strong durability. They’re also easy to maintain. One easy way to clean this type is by wiping them using a sponge with mild dish soap added to warm water.
If you’ve noticed that rust has invaded certain surfaces, use steel wool to remove oxidation and try repainting the furniture to keep them from further problems.
Taking care of mold
If you’re in an area where it often rains and is humid, it can leave your outdoor furniture damp and prone to the growth of mold and mildew. Worse is it can spread on its surface when not adequately maintained.
To get rid of mold, make sure that your furniture is completely dry from dampness and humidity and scrub it with a brush to remove mold. After that, hose it to rinse. The next step is brushing it with white vinegar. This will remove stubborn mold for sure, but expect some discoloration. Diluted bleach can be more effective, but it causes more discoloration than vinegar.
Once you have sorted out every outdoor furniture, the best thing you can do is to maintain and clean them every three months at most if you’re rarely using it, so it wouldn’t be so much work when you need it again. Better yet, clean it as regularly as you can. It would be much more difficult to clean if mold, dust, and dirt were already built up for months.
With a regularly maintained outdoor living room, you wouldn’t have to be so stressed out preparing it before your guests arrive.