After passing through some seasons on the porch, your outdoor benches and other furnishings nay start growing rust, stains, marks and mildews with age. This post highlights some generate care and maintenance tips for outdoor furniture especially the outdoor benches so that you can keep them beautiful for a number of years to come.
Simple Cleaning is the first step
Irrespective of the material used for making your outdoor benches and other furniture items, never start with harsh chemicals or extreme cleaning. Start simple cleaning and sweep the surfaces as required. For this, you can use soft bristle brush or soft cotton cloth. Then rinse the benches with water.
Choose your cleanser wisely
Once you are done with simple cleaning and removing dust and dirt from the surfaces, use the second phase cleaning method. For this, mix a mild dishwashing liquid soap ¼ cup in 1 gallon of warm water. Choose the cleanser wisely because harsh cleanser will damage the surfaces and also penetrate inside. Apply the solution over the outdoor benches surfaces either with hand or a spray bottle. Then using a soft bristle brush or sponge, scrub the surfaces carefully and gently. Then rinse the benches with water and pat them dry with a lint-free cloth.
Don’t apply harsh treatments
It is strongly recommended to follow your manufacturer’s guidelines for cleaning your outdoor benches with any bleach or chemical. Don’t power-wash or apply chlorine bleach, abrasive cleansers and pine oil unless directed by the manufacturer. If you are unable to determine whether to go for any cleanser or not, experiment first by applying on a small hidden area of your outdoor bench.
Your efforts for cleaning and maintaining your outdoor benches and furniture may go vain if you don’t stop mold and mildew growth. Sand or scrub lightly on an occasional basis to remove mold, based on the benches’ material. While using any cleaning method for removing mold, always wear gloves that should be discarded safely.