Patio Furniture Cleanup

Tips for cleaning patio furniture with everyday household items.
ssl1012_2a

ssl1012_2a

A small pool is a handy helper when cleaning patio furniture.

A small pool is a handy helper when cleaning patio furniture.

Gardening expert Marianne Binetti shares some tips for making patio furniture cleanup easy and effective:

• Shaving cream is a nontoxic solvent and cleaner — perfect for use on plastic patio furniture. Spray furniture liberally and let the cream set a few minutes before scrubbing it off with an old toothbrush.

• To restore weather-beaten wood furniture, sprinkle on dry dishwashing detergent and rub the wood with a soft brush. This will clean the wood. Next condition the wood by rubbing in vegetable oil.

• When furniture is beyond cleaning, try hiding the ugly truth with these incredibly simple, no-sew cushions

Materials and Tools:

tablecloth
stacks of newspaper
duct tape
oil cloth

Steps:

1. Create a stack of newspapers the height you want your cushion to be and band the stack with a strip of tape to keep them together.

ssl1012_2b

ssl1012_2b

2. Put the papers in the middle of a piece of oilcloth, cut to size, and wrap it like you would a gift.

3. Use clear duct tape to seal.

4. Use oil cloth for other accessories like outdoor pillows and plant holders.

Keep Reading

Next Up

Splurge or Save? Trendy Patio Furniture for Every Budget

Give your patio a facelift just in time for summer.

Outdoor Furniture Options and Ideas

Discover new options and ideas in furniture for your outdoor space.

Outdoor Patio Furniture Options and Ideas

Discover new options and ideas in furniture for your outdoor patio space.

Wrought Iron Patio Furniture

Get familiar with the ornate and durable designs available for wrought iron patio furniture.

Washing Your Patio

Get tips for maintaining your patio and learn how to thoroughly clean your outdoor living space.

Patio Fireplaces

Get all the info you need on patio fireplaces, and prepare to install a stylish and attractive fire feature on your exterior patio.

Patio Materials and Surfaces

Learn about the different options for patio materials and surfaces.

8 Budget-Friendly DIYs for Your Deck or Patio

Tackle these projects and spend more time outside this season.

Brooklyn Patio Makeover

See how one New York couple enlarged their living space by turning a small underused patio into a beautiful lounge area.

Patio Covers and Canopies

Grab some great design ideas for patio covers and canopies.

1,000+ Photos

Browse beautiful photos of our favorite outdoor spaces: decks, patios, porches and more.

On TV

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.