The British weather can play havoc with garden furniture, but with a bit of TLC you can get it looking its best again…
- Metal garden furniture will most likely be either aluminium or steel, both of which can easily be cleaned. As a first step, clean off dust with a cloth, then wash it with hot water. If there are any stubborn stains refusing to budge, then try a paste made of water and baking soda. As baking soda can be a bit aggressive, put a bit on your cloth and try it on a small area of the metal and see if it leaves scratches. If not, apply it on your stains. Don’t use anything abrasive on painted furniture as you will risk scratching the finish.
- If the colour of your wooden garden furniture has turned into a sad grey, consider reviving it again. If the wood has dirt patches, apply sugar soap with a scrubbing brush, before rinsing and leaving to dry. Then, use a special product to bring back the colour, such as Cuprinol Garden Furniture Restorer while Cuprinol Garden Furniture Oil replaces the natural oils of the wood that have vanished over the years. Both products are available at B&Q.
- There are several ways to clean plastic chairs. If you want to deep clean them or they have major stains on them, pour ¼ cup bleach in a bucket of hot water, put some rubber gloves on and gently scrub your furniture. Always spot test the solution to make sure nothing more than the dirt on your furniture comes off. Hose your furniture down before cleaning with a scrubbing brush and the solution. Alternatively a uPVC cleaner will restore the colour to your furniture, turn overleaf to see a few of the products we tested this issue.