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How to Clean White Plastic Patio Furniture

As great as ‘the great outdoors’ is, it isn’t very kind to your patio furniture! Especially if you’ve got white, plastic lawn furniture, it’ll show every speck of dirt that sits on it! Yet, homeowners love the addition of bright, white chairs and tables, set under vibrantly colored umbrellas to complete their patio. Here you will know how to restore plastic patio furniture.

The problem with patio furniture, however, is not only that dust and dirt settle on them when they aren’t in use, but also the fact that they are prone to mold and mildew. These nasty fungi can also stain white, plastic surfaces, making them look ugly and perpetually dirty. So, if you’ve got ugly blotches on your white, plastic lawn furniture, we’ve got two methods that will help you abolish them! Learn also here what to use to clean patio furniture. Read on.

General Cleaning Method for Dirty Plastics

  1. Carry the chairs and tables out to an open space with concrete below. It’s best to avoid cleaning your patio furniture over grass because any chemicals present in the cleaner can harm or kill the roots. Start by wiping each piece with a cloth to remove dust and loose dirt.
  1. Make a sudsy solution by adding half a cup of liquid dish soap to two-three liters of water. Clean one piece of furniture at a time by wetting it with plain water before you start scrubbing. You could use a garden hose for that.  Next, dip a non-abrasive scrubber in the soapy solution and clean the piece by giving it a good scrubbing. Rinse out the scrubber at intervals or use fresh ones as and when needed.
  1. Move on to the next piece and clean all your white, plastic furniture in the same way. Make a fresh cleaning solution if the water looks dirty to you.
  1. Once you’ve scrubbed each furniture piece, rinse off the soap from your patio chairs and tables.  Dampen a clean, soft cloth with plain water to wipe any areas where some of the cleaners may have dried up and left soap residue.
  2. Leave your white, plastic lawn furniture to dry, and your job is done!

3 Non-Toxic Cleaning Solutions To Use

  1.  3 tablespoons automatic dishwasher detergent (contains mild bleaching agent) mixed with 1-gallon warm water.
  • Apply this solution with a sponge or a soft brush. Then after scrubbing, let the solution sit on the furniture for 15 before rinsing and drying.
  1. ¼ cup of white vinegar mixed with a bucket of hot water.
  • Mix the two and use a soft bristled brush to apply.
  1. ½ cup of baking soda and a bucket of hot water.
  • Firstly, hose down furniture to wet completely. Then put ½ cup of baking soda into a bowl and have a bucket of hot water at the ready. Dip the sponge in the bucket and then into the bowl and start applying to the furniture. Keep adding baking soda and scrubbing with the sponge until all the dirt and mildew come off. Afterward, rinse the furniture using your garden hose, then dry them in the sun.


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