How to Clean Outdoor Patio and Lawn Furniture

Grain-Free Summer BBQ with Danielle Walker for Williams Sonoma & Visa. Photographed by Jennifer Skog. Styled by PJ Rude with Texture

It’s summertime and with that comes casual get-togethers with friends and family. It helps to keep your patio furniture clean so you can use it for yourself to read the paper or for that last minute neighborhood party at your house. To save you time, I’ve put together a list of the best methods for cleaning all the various types of outdoor furnishing materials.

Iron and Metal Furniture

iron metal furniture

1. Mix warm water with a splash of dishwasher detergent. Use a scrub brush with this mixture on the furniture.
2. Rinse the furniture and let it dry completely.
Clearing up Rust Spots
1. Use sandpaper or a wire brush, rub away any rusted spots. Then wipe away the metal residue.
2. Using a primer made for metal (Rust-Oleum), spray the spots that were rusted and let them dry (make sure to follow instructions on the can and wear a respirator).
3. Lastly, spray the desired paint color specific for Iron/Metal furniture.

Plastic Furniture

plastic furniture 1. Get a bucket of very warm water. Get a sponge wet and squeeze out excess water.
2. Add a few pinches of baking soda on the damp sponge. This will make it into a mild abrasive to help clean.
3. Scrub your plastic furniture with the sponge and a soft brush. Rinse the furniture by spraying it with a garden hose.

Wicker or Wood Furniture

wood furniture 1. Make a mixture of two tablespoons white vinegar and ¼ cup of ammonia and mix this into one quart of warm water.
2. With a clean sponge and/or soft brush, wipe the furniture with the water mixture.
3. Rinse the furniture with a garden hose and allow to dry in the sun.