As the leaves begin to change color and fall gently to the ground, many people take this opportunity to do a deep cleaning of their homes. However, they often forget about one important area: their outdoor furniture. Since it's so easy to forget about, it often gets locked up in the shed or simply left out all winter, with summer's dirt still on it. Keep your outdoor furniture looking nice for longer by regularly cleaning it. Fall is the best time to clean your outdoor furniture for several reasons.
First, there are generally fewer bugs in the cooler weather, so you won't have to worry about them infesting your furniture while you're cleaning it, and you won't have to worry about bug bites while you're outside working. Second, it gets the dust and grime from the summer off of them, so you have fresh outdoor furniture for the spring.
Here are some tips and tricks to get your furniture clean and ready for the winter.
One of the best ways to clean outdoor furniture is with a plant-based cleaner. This will be gentle on the materials your outdoor furniture is made of and won't harm any plants or animals that come into contact with it. Since outdoor furniture comes into contact with such a wide variety of grime, we recommend our Multi-Surface Cleaner to get your outdoor furniture ready for winter. Since it comes as a concentrate, you can make your solution stronger to get at the toughest mystery stains. Plus, it’s biodegradable and greywater safe, so you know you’re doing the best thing for the land and your water system.
Many people have found that spraying on the Disinfecting Surface Cleaner and wiping outdoor furniture with a damp cloth works nicely. If you have any deeper stains, you may need to let the cleaner sit on the surface for a little while and use a scrub brush to get a deeper clean. Tight corners that have collected debris can be reached with a toothbrush that's used only for cleaning.
When it comes to cleaning outdoor cushions, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, always use a plant-based or natural cleaner that's safe for porous surfaces. So, you would want to use the Natural Carpet & Upholstery Shampoo for any outdoor cushions that have been out in the weather. Second, make sure to rinse the cushions well after cleaning. This will help remove any soap residue and prevent them from getting dirtier quicker when you put them out again in the spring. Finally, let the cushions dry completely before using them again. This will help ensure that they last longer and stay cleaner for longer periods of time.
Summing up the benefits of cleaning outdoor furniture in the fall
While your outdoor furniture can take a beating during the warmer months, the rest of your outdoor surfaces could benefit from a scrub before winter sets in as well. Porch decor can get grimy, and kids’ toys can especially use an extra cleaning. You can use either the Multi-Surface Cleaner or the Dish Soap to keep toys as clean as new. Simply apply the cleaner and wipe down, getting into nooks and crannies with a dedicated toothbrush, then rinse in warm water. Learn how to disinfect toys (even fabric ones!) in this guide.
Cleaning your outdoor furniture with a safe, effective, plant-based cleaner in the fall has many benefits. It is gentle on the furniture, safe for the environment, and only takes a few minutes. Plus, it will extend the life of your furniture and save you money in the long run.