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Summer is just around the corner, which means warmer weather and longer days and nights. With more time being spent outside, now is the perfect time to spruce up your backyard space and get it summer ready. Last month, we shared some helpful hacks to spring clean indoors, but what about your patio furniture? After winter’s harsh ways, it probably needs a little attention.

Here are our top tips to clean and restore your patio furniture so it’s ready for summer guests!

Wood Furniture

Start off by removing dirt, dust, and cobwebs with a stiff bristle brush. If the wood has faded or become a silvery colour you can use a garden furniture restorer product which you simply paint on and let dry. If you don’t need to apply a restorer all you need to do is give it a good clean with soapy warm water.

Wrought Iron Furniture

Brush off any dust, dirt, and cobwebs with a brush. If you’re going to paint it, gently rub rust or loosen paint with steel wool. Scrub the patio furniture with soapy water. If you don’t want to paint the whole set, you can sand down the rust to smooth out the surface and just touch up those spots. Be sure paint is suitable for exterior wrought iron.

Plastic Patio Furniture

This is one of the easiest and least time-consuming patio furniture sets to clean. All you need to do is wash it down with hot soapy water. Don’t forget to add a splash of bleach to the mixture to make sure you eradicate all dirt and stains. Don’t use an abrasive brush, or it will scratch the plastic, simply stick to a sponge or cloth.

Wicker Furniture

Just like the plastic patio furniture, this is quite easy to clean. Simply start by dusting off the dirt, dust, and cobwebs with a soft brush. Then clean with a non-foaming detergent.  Finally, make sure you rinse it thoroughly using a hose or pressure washer as mildew can build up if any detergent residue is left behind in the many nooks and crannies.


Give patio furniture a good inspection, especially if it’s been out all winter. Rust and corrosion can weaken furniture, so make sure it’s still structurally solid by putting weight on it. A quick inspection will help ensure no accidents happen when you finally start entertaining. Double-check screws, nuts, and bolts as these loosen over time.

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