(NC)-As your lawn and garden reach their peak of colour and
vibrancy over the next few weeks, it is certainly no time to
put up with dreary patio furniture. With a little attention to
it now, each piece can claim its rightful place when brought
from winter storage and put back into the light.
Lawn, pool, and patio furniture needs to be examined,
cleaned thoroughly and restored if necessary, and since
bacteria thrive in summer heat and humidity, it is always a
good idea to remove potential germs from the furniture on a
regular basis. On hard, non-porous surfaces, like plastic for
example, a liquid, multi-purpose, antibacterial cleaning aid is
ideal for the first big wash-down in spring. The furniture can
then be maintained with the use of a handy, non-streaking,
Here are a few useful tips to make this job a breeze,
courtesy of Mr. Clean:
Wipe heavy grime off first with a clean, wet cloth. Follow
by spraying with germ-fighting solution like Mr. Clean
Antibacterial Multi-Surfaces Cleaner, as directed on the label.
Rinse thoroughly with water from your garden hose. Also keep it
clean throughout the season with Mr. Clean Antibacterial
Multi-Surfaces Spray. Its non-streaking formula is ideal for
glass tabletops too. If scuffs and stains are excessive, try
spray painting the plastic in a matching colour.
Scrub gently with a soft scrub brush dampened with an
oil-based soap solution. Rinse by hosing down. Maintain by
hosing down periodically to prevent dirt from lodging in the
crevices. Prevent erosion from rain with vinyl covers.
Wash with a clean cloth dampened with a mixture of water and
a mild dishwashing detergent, such as Ivory. Rinse thoroughly
with a garden hose. To remove rust, lightly sand the affected
area, wipe with a clean cloth and then apply matching, wrought
As with wicker, use a soft scrub brush dampened with water and a mild oil-based soap. Rinse with a garden hose.