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Dallas Cleaning – How to Clean Patio Furniture

Keeping your home clean doesn’t only refer to your carpet, tile and grout, kitchen, bathroom, or office; it also extends outside of the four walls of your home. As the seasons change, your Dallas cleaning service needs change as well. Like many residents in the Dallas Fort Worth area, we all like to enjoy the great weather North Texas has to offer, which is why many of us have pools, large patios, and decks where we can sit back, relax, and enjoy the warm weather in our favorite lawn chair or patio swing. As the summer months come to an end, it is important that you care for these precious pieces of outdoor furniture by properly cleaning them before storing or covering them during the off season. As part of your Dallas cleaning service, Cleaning Kings has some helpful hints on how to clean patio furniture this season.

How to Clean Patio Furniture Cushions

After many months of use and all types of weather, your patio furniture cushions are the first part of your outdoor furniture that will show the dirt and wear. First, you’ll want to start with a basic outdoor furniture cleaning solution:

  • 1 teaspoon dish washing detergent
  • 1 quart warm water
  • 1 tablespoon borax

With this cleaning solution, take a clean sponge and soak it in the solution to wash the cushions; you can also put the solution in a spray bottle and spray it directly on to both sides of the cushions. Once they are saturated, let them sit for about 15 minutes; if there are still any spots or stains, scrub them with the sponge. Then, spray the solution off with the hose using a strong force of water. To let them dry, stand the cushions on their sides out of any direct sunlight. Just as they become completely dry, spray them with a fabric protector to help prevent future spots and stains, especially during off season storage.

Outdoor Furniture Cleaning

After cleaning your patio furniture cushions or if you have outdoor furniture that doesn’t have cushions, you’ll need to clean those pieces as well. Depending on the material that it is made of and the color, you will need a different type of cleaning solution.

For white plastic outdoor furniture cleaning, you can make a simple cleaning solution:

  • 1 gallon of warm water
  • 3 tablespoons dishwasher detergent (choose one that has a bleach agent that will whiten the surface of the white furniture)

To clean white patio furniture, you will need to use a fresh sponge or soft brush. Once you spray the solution on the furniture, you can then gently brush and scrub the larger and tougher stains to remove them. After spraying and scrubbing, leave the solution on the furniture pieces for a total of 15 minutes, then rinse with the hose and let it dry.

For colored plastic outdoor furniture cleaning, you can use an all-purpose (non-bleach) cleaner and water. Simply spray them down with the solution, scrub the tough stains with a sponge or soft brush, and then rinse the furniture with water from your hose. The same goes for aluminum or metal outdoor furniture; but remember that these materials can scratch, so do not use a brush, use only a soft sponge or cloth.

If you have additional questions about how to clean patio furniture, or you have unique outdoor furniture and are not sure of the types of cleaning solution you should use, do not hesitate to contact your Dallas cleaning company; the experts at Cleaning Kings have the answers to all of your cleaning needs, both indoor and outdoor.

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