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How-To: Cleaning Outdoor Furniture

Outdoor furniture is built to withstand the elements, but it does require a little cleaning every now and then. To give your home Summer style, you've got to make sure your furniture is free of stains, mildew, mold, and any discolorations. Luckily, it's not so hard.

To find out how to clean your outdoor furniture,

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  • To clean wood furniture, all you'll need is some water, rubber gloves, a soft bristled brush, and a wood cleaner (try Woodwash). Put on your gloves, especially if you're using a chemical wash. Using the brush, scrub the wood with the wash. Not too hard, as you don't want to create splinters in the wood. Scrub all surfaces of the furniture, even if you don't see visible stains there. Rinse it well with water, and then air-dry.
  • To clean wicker or painted furniture, follow the same steps as above, but use Simple Wash.
  • To clean plastic furniture, you'll want to rub down the furniture with a baking soda and water paste using a sponge. Rinse it well with water, and then air-dry.
  • To clean iron furniture, brush it with mild soap and water, using a bristled brush. Then, sand down any rusted spots with sandpaper. If the iron furniture has been painted, after sanding down the rusted spots to the raw metal, use spray primer and paint to get it back to its original color in the rusted areas. Air-dry.

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