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The Best Way to Clean: Patio Furniture

Filed Under: Outdoors

Because a little dirt goes unnoticed until it's time to entertain guests, here's the best way to clean off that patio furniture.

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Plastic patio furniture may get a bad rap in the decor world, but there's no cheaper way to seat lots of people outdoors. The main problem isn't a stylistic one, though. It's that plastic is porous and can hold onto dirt like there's no tomorrow. For a particularly stubborn stain, the vinegar treatment and standard soap-and-water didn't help. I even tried tile cleaner, but all I got was a headache.

I had a few Magic Eraser sponges (swear this is not a product placement) in my cleaning cabinet and on a whim, used it on the stain. To my surprise, it removed the stain with minimal effort. Just don't rub too hard, because I noticed that the sponge can dull the plastic surface.

Want more tips on cleaning outdoor furniture? Check out...
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  • Ray Andrejewski

    The ad for "First Five" never left the screen. Very annoying.


  • MoniqueDC

    One of the best ways to protect outdoor furniture is to use Armourall wipes after cleaning....polishes and protects.

    No wipes? Use pledge spray and a cloth. The key here is using a protectant....and a lot easier than using car wax.

  • Cyd

    ZEP from Home Depot is the best. Spray on and by the time you get the hose to rinse off your chair is like new. Also only costs under $2.00.

  • Tom Bruce

    White plastic chairs are the worst to keep clean. I found that Wesley whitewall tire cleaner works great on them. Spray it on, leave it a bit, wipe it off with a sponge. Great for another 10,000 miles or 100 fannies, whichever comes first.

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