If you’re like me, you didn’t bother to properly store or treat you plastic furniture for the winter. Now you find yourself horrified as you are setting it up in your lawn for spring activities. Rings of dirt and rotting leaves have left the furniture covered and potentially stained. Or maybe you’ve found that squirrels perched on the furniture and cracked open pecans leaving them stained with oxidized oils. There are many options for cleaning you plastic furniture, but which methods work best?
Before you clean, consider one thing, what type of patio furniture do you have. The two major types of plastic furniture are Resin plastic or PVC furniture. While cleaning methods are similar for both, the treating methods are a little different and might surprise you.
Resin outdoor furniture
If you have resin furniture you bought it for two reasons; it’s cheap and it’s low maintenance. There are a variety of resin plastic furniture sets out there in various colors and finishes. Most are smooth and if you are cheap as me it’s probably white as well. Different colors have the advantage of hiding stains much better than white.
If you haven’t bought plastic furniture yet, consider the ease of resin. Also consider purchasing a cover or tarp for winter storage. Make sure you pre-treat your resin furniture with automotive paste wax. Treat your furniture every year after spring washings. This helps to bead water and prevent it from staining.
Top cleaning methods:
The absolute easiest way to clean your resin furniture is with a water hose. Use a water hose with a spray nozzle or if you don’t have one fold the hose about 2 inches from the end while allowing water out to increase the pressure of the water.
If dirt or dried leaves have become caked on, loosen it with a bucket of warm water, a sponge, and dish washing detergent. Rinse with your water hose after cleaning.
**Warning, if you use any of the bleach options, first test on unseen areas on the furniture to ensure it doesn’t bleach color from the furniture
If your furniture has become mildew, use a mix of bleach (1 cup), laundry detergent (2 cups), and water (one gallon). Wear rubber gloves to protect your hands and scrub with a soft-bristle brush. Let the mixture stay on the furniture 15 minute before you rinse. I also suggest doing this on your drive way if you like your lawn.
If your white furniture has become stained, mix bleach (1/4 cup) and water (2 and 1/4 cup) in a spay bottle. Spray the furniture down and let set 15 to 20 minutes before you rinse off. Since you are mixing bleach in
Layer containers to create depth of field2004-06-18 20:15:19 by AnitaMoPlants
You can create a wonderful oasis ontop of your paved patio by layering in containers of various heights and then planting them with lush overflowing textural foliage.
I used a variety of containers planted with abundant foliage .
The not so attractive containers are placed in the background and the smaller more decorative planters are placed in the foreground.
I also now have a jute carpet laid out ontop of the concrete patio and some new (used ) furniture and chandeliers that also detracts from the monolithic concrete.
Try old wine barrels and large cheap plastic pots in the backgound and then the most expensive and showy pots in the foreground.
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