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As a prime source for outdoor patio furniture, we get lots of questions about furniture care at Greathouse. Patio furniture is a big investment, and it only makes sense that you want it to last as long as possible. Whether you need tips for maintaining a patio dining set or an outdoor sectional, we have you covered. Take a look at our comprehensive guide for caring for lounge chairs, patio tables, and much more. If you have questions that aren't answered below, feel free to get in touch with our San Diego, CA showroom. Our team will be happy to help you with any problems.
Here's the tricky thing about maintaining your outdoor furniture—it's often a mix and match of different materials. Fortunately, our team can guide you when it comes to caring for various types of furniture. Firstly, you'll want to determine what material you're dealing with. After all, wood needs different care strategies than metal. Below, you'll find some general guidelines to maintaining common materials:
Dust off the furniture, and then apply a gentle cleanser. We typically recommend an oil-based soap that's free of chemicals. Once the cleanser is applied, work in small sections and make sure to get all the hard-to-reach nooks and crannies. If you're having a hard time getting into tight crevices, try using a toothbrush.
Good news—plastic is very easy to clean! Use a gentle cleanser with no chlorine or bleach, as corrosive ingredients can damage your furniture. Then, take a soft cloth and polish the surface.
While Aluminum isn't too difficult to clean, use a mild cleaner or diluted dish soap to wipe down the surface. Be sure to thoroughly dry your metal furniture afterward.
You can easily clean wicker and teak furniture with a soft brush, warm water, and a mild cleaner.
Cleaning upholstered furniture such as patio chairs and outdoor lounge beds can be daunting. However, when you follow a few easy steps, you won't need to worry about ruining your cushions. Here are our tips for restoring your patio cushions:
Mold and mildew are common, especially when it comes to outdoor lounge furniture. However, a mold outbreak doesn't mean you'll have to trash your outdoor sofa. But, you will need to act quickly, as mold can spread from your couch to tables and other pieces. Always stay on the lookout for fuzzy patches or discolored sections of your furniture. These could be telltale signs of mold growth. If you find mold and mildew, try a mixture of ammonia, bleach, and hydrogen peroxide to stop its growth. If you are making a new purchase, by selecting a collection featuring Sunbrella fabric, it is guaranteed not to mold or mildew for a minimum of 5 years.
If you have unique pieces in your outdoor furniture collection, don't fret. Our professionals can help you care for your specialty patio furniture set or heirloom outdoor dining set. First and foremost, you should read any care guidelines provided by the manufacturer. These will be your best friend as you work to clean and preserve your furnishings. If your set didn't come with instructions or you can't find them, these general tips may help:
At Greathouse, we know the time and thought you put into choosing patio sets and lounge chairs. Because patio furniture is such a significant investment, we want to help you maintain your set for years to come. Whether you need help cleaning a patio umbrella or maintaining your wicker furniture, look to the professionals at Greathouse. Our San Diego team is proud to work with homeowners across Southern California. Don't hesitate to contact us for additional advice.