Cleaning Your Garden Furniture After A Long Winter
It’s been a long winter for many of us here in the UK, so without a doubt, your garden furniture will have been neglected and not even thought about since last summer. But with spring finally emerging you are probably looking to get back outdoors and relax on your garden furniture once more.
However, all garden furniture is different and requires different needs. So, we’ve put together a handy guide on how to clean all different types of garden furniture after a tough winter period.
Wooden furniture can really struggle in the winter, damp conditions can lead to rot, and cold weather and bright sunshine can lead to discolouration.
To get your wooden furniture as good as new you should give it a quick clean with soapy water. Rinse and dry thoroughly, before sanding any weathered surfaces to ensure your wood stays smooth. Finally, apply a protective substance to your wood, such as teak oil, to protect it from the elements and keep it looking new. Use a rag to rub the oil into the furniture, gently and following the grain. If you wish to apply more than one coat, ensure the first has completely dried before applying the next.
Give your metal furniture a facelift after the tough winter weather by getting rid of any built-up rust or dirt.
Start by mixing warm water and washing up liquid and then using this to wipe the furniture clean. We recommend using a hard brush to do this. Once the furniture has been scrubbed, rinse it with just water and dry it thoroughly. Finally, give it a quick coat of enamel paint to touch up those tough rusty spots.
Aluminium furniture is extremely weatherproof and can be left outside all year round with relatively no weather damage. However, like anything else it can get dirty. To remove scuff marks, use a non-abrasive cleaner and wash with soapy water, then rinse this off with a hose. To protect your furniture even further you could apply a little clear car wax.
Plastic garden furniture is not quite as tough as some other materials and can get extremely dirty and experience sever discolouration when left outside during the winter. If this has happened to your plastic garden furniture set, don’t panic it can be cleaned very easily.
Wash the furniture with hot soapy water and use a splash of bleach to get rid of stubborn stains. Be sure to use a soft sponge as opposed to anything abrasive so that you do not scratch the furniture. Rinse thoroughly before the furniture dries to ensure all the bleach is gone. For an extra layer of protection, you could, again, add a layer of clear car wax.
Rattan garden furniture requires very little maintenance and can be left outside all year round without weather damage. However, dirt and leaves can get to your rattan if it is left uncovered, so this will need to be cleaned off before using your rattan furniture in the spring.
We recommend dusting with a dry brush, maybe use a smaller toothbrush if dirt is trapped between the weave. For any stubborn dirt or stains, like bird mess, we suggest rinsing with a hose.
Gorgeous Garden Cushions
You should never leave your garden furniture cushions outdoors throughout the winter. However, if you’ve made this mistake and now your cushions are dirty there are ways to get them clean.
If you’ve got removable cushion covers then you can simply pop the cushion covers into a washing machine on a low heat, we recommend no higher than 30°, and then let them dry naturally. Never put cushion covers in a tumble dryer as they will shrink.
Alternatively, if the covers are not removable you can scrub the cushions with a specialist upholstery shampoo. Make sure you choose a sunny day so that the cushions can dry fully and won’t form mildew.