Tips to Live Organically

Now that the weather is starting to be consistently sunny and warm here in Marin County, it’s time to get your backyard space ready for use! Cleaning patio and outdoor furniture is essential to maintain their appearance and prolong their lifespan. Here’s a general guide on how to clean different types of outdoor furniture:

Materials Needed:

  • Non-toxic mild detergent or dish soap
  • Water
  • Soft-bristled brush or sponge
  • Bucket
  • Hose or pressure washer (optional)
  • Vinegar or baking soda (for stubborn stains, if needed)
  • Protective gloves (optional)

Cleaning Process:

  1. Preparation:
  • Remove cushions, pillows, and any removable fabric parts from the furniture.
  • Brush off loose dirt and debris using a soft-bristled brush or broom.
  1. Washing:
  • Fill a bucket with warm water and add a small amount of mild detergent or dish soap.
  • Dip a soft-bristled brush or sponge into the soapy water and scrub the furniture thoroughly, paying attention to any areas with stains or grime.
  • For stubborn stains, you can mix vinegar or baking soda with water to form a paste and apply it to the affected areas. Let it sit for a few minutes before scrubbing and rinsing.
  1. Rinse:
  • Rinse the furniture with clean water using a hose or pressure washer to remove soap residue and dirt.
  • Ensure that you rinse thoroughly, especially if you’ve used cleaning agents, to prevent any residue from remaining on the furniture.
  1. Dry:
  • Allow the furniture to air dry completely in a well-ventilated area before replacing cushions or using them again.
  • If you’re in a hurry, you can use a clean towel to wipe down the furniture and speed up the drying process.
  1. Maintenance:
  • Regularly clean your outdoor furniture to prevent dirt and grime from building up. A quick rinse with water after each use can help maintain its appearance.
  • Store cushions and fabric parts indoors or in a dry, covered area when not in use to prevent mold and mildew growth.
  • Apply a protective sealant or wax to wooden furniture to help protect it from moisture and UV damage.

Specific Considerations:

  • Metal Furniture: Check for rust spots and treat them with a rust remover if necessary. Apply a coat of metal-friendly paint or sealant to protect against future rusting.
  • Wicker or Rattan Furniture: Avoid using excessive water, as it can weaken the fibers. Instead, use a damp cloth to wipe down the furniture and remove dirt.
  • Plastic Furniture: Clean with a mixture of water and mild detergent, and avoid using abrasive cleaners that can scratch the surface.
  • Wooden Furniture: Use a gentle cleaner specifically formulated for wood or a mixture of water and mild soap to avoid damaging the finish. Apply teak oil or a wood sealer to protect the wood and maintain its natural color.

By following these steps and considering the specific material of your outdoor furniture, you can effectively clean and maintain it for years of enjoyment.

At Supreme Clean we use organic, non-toxic, safe and effective cleaning methods and provide a variety of cleaning services for your home. Call us today to discuss options and rates (415) 519-7404 or visit our website

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