Furniture is the foundation of interior design, because it allows us to have a home that not only looks great, but that actually is functional as a home. And although is usually pretty simple to care for your furniture, outdoors furniture that you can find in gardens, and on patios is a different story because this furnishing is directly exposed to the elements and can acquire damage like stains, rust and mildew much quicker. Which is why you need to know how to properly take care of your outdoors furniture, be it made from wood, fabric or simple plastic.
The first thing you should do, to be sure how to care for your particular outdoors furniture s you should read the care guidelines of your furniture that come with it. Most furniture manufacturers nowadays include some type of care manual with the instructions as to how to put together this furniture. But if there is no care guide then you should fallow the basic rules of caring for the fabrics that the furniture is made out of.
When you are starting the cleaning process of your outside furniture , you should start by first dusting the furniture and sweeping off any bigger residue such as pollen, leaves or sand with a soft bristle brush. This will ensure that it will be easier to actually clean it. Follow that with rinsing your furniture with clear water. Here you can simply wet a cloth in water and rinse your furniture that way, because, since outdoors furniture usually is made to be able to withstand water, clear water rinse won’t d any damage to your furniture, cut could remove stains or other dirt from the furniture.
But if water rinse didn’t do any good to your furniture and it is still as dirty as previously, then you need to take it up a notch and use a gentle cleanser to clean the furniture. You don’t even need any special furniture cleaner here, just about one fourth a cup of mix mild dish soap with one gallon of water and you have yourself a gentle furniture cleanser. Use it in conjunction with a soft bristle brush to softly scrub the surface of your furniture. Afterwards use some water to rinse of the soap water and pat the furniture dry. This method should work with most types of outdoors furniture to get it new-looking in no time.
Also make sure that you don’t use very harsh treatments and products on this furniture, as you can never know how it will react to it. There have been cases when people, wanting to clean stains off of their furniture, use bleach and damage their chairs, sofas or tables beyond repair. But if you do think you need something more than a soap water to get your outdoors furniture clean, test the product first on an area of the furniture, that is hidden from sight, as even if the product do damage the material, it won’t be visible and you will know not to use that product on your furniture.
Mold is often a big issue for garden furniture and you can manage the mold with a simple method. Just take some fine sand paper or a brush with a bit coarser bristles and remove the mold where it has grown. Then discard the supplies you used to do it, so you don’t spread the mold spores, clean the area with water or soap water and your furniture will be mold-free again so you can enjoy your outdoors tie by using clean furniture.