How To Clean Your Garden Furniture Before Packing It Away For Winter
Before you pack away your garden furniture, it is vital to clean each item properly to keep it in a useable condition for next summer. Read this useful guide on how to clean each variation.
Plastic garden furniture
As the storms and turbulent weather of winter set in, it is important that your garden furniture is appropriately stored to keep yourself and your neighbours safe. Loose furniture can fly onto buildings, power lines and rail tracks.
If you have plastic garden furniture, firstly wipe each item down with a clean cloth, using a mixture of mild dishwashing detergent and warm water. This will remove any bird droppings, dust and cobwebs.
After your furniture has been thoroughly washed, rinse with water using a garden hose.
Wicker garden furniture
Wicker garden furniture requires extra care to keep it in the best condition. Mix water with a mild oil-based soap and thoroughly wash each item of furniture using a soft scrub brush. Again, rinse with water to remove the soap.
Make sure that you hose down your wicker furniture every few weeks during the summer to prevent dust and dirt building up in the crevices.
Wrought-iron garden furniture
Firstly, wipe clean with a dampened cloth, using a mixture of mild dishwashing detergent and water. Rinse down with water using a garden hose.
Once dry, store in a shed or garage to keep your furniture in top condition for next summer.
Teak garden furniture
Wooden garden furniture must be washed with a soft scrubbing brush and a mixture of oil-based soap and water. Once you have rinsed the furniture with water, dry the items thoroughly before storing them.
To easily store your furniture in your garage, consider purchasing garage shelving equipment such as garage racking systems. This can ensure your furniture is securely stored until needed, without taking up too much valuable garage space.
Aluminium furniture can become scuffed, so use a small quantity of Soft Scrub mixed with water and applied with a soft cloth to remove marks. Avoid using brushes and abrasive cleaners, as these can scratch aluminium.
To wash your aluminium furniture, use a clean cloth and a mixture of mild dishwashing detergent and water. Rinse with water until thoroughly clean.