How to clean outdoor furniture – 3 simple steps for wood, metal, resin and rattan (2023)

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Want to know how to clean outdoor furniture? Whether the weather is perfect for a picnic outside, or your tables and chairs have become a real eyesore over winter – there's always a right time to remove dirt and debris off of your patio or backyard staples.

You may have spontaneously bought a cheap bistro set or made a decision to invest in the best outdoor furniture your budget can stretch to. Whichever you decided on for your exterior space – make sure it looks squeaky clean and hospitable for your guests to enjoy no matter how much you've spent.

From the best garden chairs to outdoor lounge chairs, patio tables, and porch swings, we show you the best way to go about cleaning outdoor furniture. The good news is that it shouldn't take too long before you're able to soak up the sun's rays with a drink and some alfresco nibbles.

How to clean outdoor furniture

'Outdoor furnitureis designed for outside use but the weather can be hard on the lawn chairs, benches and tables that make up your patio set,' says Sarah Fishburne, director of trend and design, Home Depot (opens in new tab).

'Keep your patio furniture,outdoor cushionsand umbrellas looking great and ensure that they last with basic cleaning and maintenance.'

1. Prepare your outdoor furniture surfaces

'Firstly, remove the cushions and soft materials from the frame.' advises Shroopa Patel, category manager, digital merchandising at (opens in new tab).

'If they’re machine washable, go right ahead, but if not you can gently wash them using warm water and a mild washing-up liquid. Now you’re left with just the bare frame.'

'Using a dustpan and brush, sweep away all the debris winter weather brings with it. Cobwebs, leaves, moss, it all needs to go. You can prevent any issues for the future by buying a furniture cover!'

And, if your outdoor cushions are looking a little sorry for themselves, or you just need an excuse to brighten up your backyard, our shopping edit has a colorful collection to suit all schemes. On the other hand, if they're still salvageable, learn how to clean outdoor cushions properly. You can either do this before or after cleaning your outdoor furniture framework.

Ryan Schwarze, head of Luxury Rattan (opens in new tab) adds: 'We would suggest removing cushions from furnishings when they are not being used but will be out in the sun all day, for example, if you are away on holiday,'

'The sun can bleach colors very easily on a hot day and to keep that new, vibrant look it’s best to store them appropriately when they aren’t in use.'

'When it comes to keeping cushions clean, use warm water with your mild detergent of choice to spot clean non-removable cushion covers. A soft scrubber is preferred to work the stain away before cleaning with a damp cloth. Excess moisture can be absorbed with towels to ensure that as much moisture is absorbed before leaving to dry.'

2. Wipe down your outdoor furniture

Next, mix one of the best washing-up liquids with warm water and use a soft cloth to wipe down the furniture and allow it to soak for a few minutes. Make sure you get into all those nooks and crannies. Avoid using any kind of bleach, even in a mild solution, as it could discolor the furniture.

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If you're asking yourself the question 'is outdoor furniture waterproof?', it's good to know that most are, but it's best to check to avoid yours getting damaged (we don't want angry e-mails and post directed at us!)

3. Rinse with a hose

The final step is to rinse the furniture with your best garden hose on a low-pressure setting until all the soap suds have been washed away. Despite their power, the best pressure washers aren't the right tool for the job as they will damage the furniture. Then allow the furniture to dry thoroughly.

Remember, even waterproof garden furniture is only designed to be left out in showers, so you really should bring your furniture indoors during winter. If you don’t have a shed or garage, then invest in waterproof furniture covers from somewhere like Amazon (opens in new tab) and use rope or bungee cords to tie it down.

Finally, if you've invested in the best wooden garden furniture, it’ll need staining every couple of years. Similarly, the best metal garden furniture might need coating occasionally (psst...If you're feeling creative, we've a whole guide on painting metal garden furniture too).

'All you have to do is cover the rust patch with some ketchup. You do need to leave it, it’s not going to take five minutes. It’s probably going to take an hour. Then come back and rinse it away.'

So there you have it. This tasty tomato condiment is good for cleaning, and you don't need to buy the branded stuff either, which makes cleaning outdoor furniture cost-effective when we've seen bottles for under $1.

Expert tips to clean outdoor furniture

Patel clearly knows a thing or two about outdoor furniture, so whatever garden ideas you have – she's shared the best ways to get rid of bird poop, cobwebs, mud, and other mucky substances you might find on your fixtures.

Aluminumfurniture: Got rust patches from abrasive weather? Here’s a super simple life hack: a mixture of 50% white vinegar and 50% water. Use this to remove rust and blemishes from the frame, making it sparkle in the sunshine. Of course, if you would prefer a store-bought cleaner, that’s fine too. Just be sure it isn’t too acidic as that can actually cause more damage than rust.

Teakfurniture: Teak is such a forgiving type of wood for makingfurniture. No expensive rust, no mold, and it’s easy toclean! The only downside is its color can fade over time, going from brown to a silvery tone. Avoid this by using a varnish painted directly on the wood, once it’s cleaned. If you find super stubborn stains, use fine sandpaper to sand down the area and then re-varnish when you’re happy.

Plasticfurniture: Hugely popular, plasticfurnitureis renowned for being easy to maintain. Impossible to rust and without color fade, the only issue you should really try to deal with is stains. For light stains, the 50% vinegar and 50% water mixture we mentioned earlier should do the trick. For more hardcore stains, use baking soda on a wet sponge and rub in a circular motion until the pesky stain has gone away.

Resin wickerfurniture: Often seen as the simplestfurnitureto look after, resin wicker pieces are UV resistant, rust-resistant, and deal very well with weather extremes. For stains, follow the same process as before! 50% vinegar and 50% water will solve even the hardest baked-on stains, just be sure to be delicate when cleaning.

Ironfurniture: Irongardenfurnitureis big, bold, and strong, making it a perfect centerpiece for anygardenparty. However, it can be prone to rust, especially if left out all winter without cover. A metal lacquer will solve any rust issues before they’ve even happened, so we definitely recommend buying some and applying them to your ironfurniture. If the color has faded, a simple repaint will suffice, leaving you time to get your summergardenparty-ready.

'Potatoes contain a compound called oxalic acid which can break down rust on certain metals, such as iron,' adds Andre Knowles, personal finance expert, (opens in new tab)

'To try it out, cut a raw potato in half then dip the cut side into baking soda before rubbing it onto the rust. If you can see that the rust is removing, keep going and give it some serious elbow grease. You may also need to keep replacing the potato with a new one until the job is done. Once the rust is removed, make sure to thoroughly dry the metal object so that rust doesn’t appear again.'

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Iron can be quite a heavy garden furniture material, so if you've opted for something lighter and budget-friendly like aluminium, you might be wondering how best to take care of it.

'Aluminium garden furniture won’t rust, but it can suffer from aluminium oxidation,' says Tristan Sissons, garden buying manager, Homebase (opens in new tab).

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'This will change the color of the metal over time, but won’t affect the strength of it – in fact, it actually makes it stronger. If you want to maintain the original color of your furniture, make sure you clean it regularly, and either store it away or keep it fully covered during the winter months.'

Steel outdoor furniture on the other hand needs a little more attention as Sissons explains: 'If your garden furniture is made of steel, you’ll need to make sure that any scratches that expose the bare metal underneath are treated to prevent rust. If rust has already set in, remove it using somesteel wool, then touch up the affected area using anexteriormetal paintof the same color.'

'An easy way to extend the life of your metal garden furniture is to polish it withcar waxafter you’ve finished cleaning it. The wax will make it more water resistant.'

And, Paul McFadyen, managing director at metals4U (opens in new tab) adds: 'Rust is generally a tough type of corrosion to clean from metal surfaces, and therefore must be treated with the right care as to not damage your furniture.'

'Active corrosion spray can be a very useful product to have in your cupboards especially during the summertime when there is more humidity and heat outdoors. This style of spraycan also be bought in colors such as white and will offer high coverage and provide excellent adhesion, even to rust.'

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Cleaning wood outdoor furniture

'Wood is a natural product and therefore will produce natural oils,' explains Sisson.

'However, you’ll still need to look after it to make sure it remains in the best possible condition. The way you do that ultimately comes down to a combination of regular care and personal taste.'

When you’ve finished cleaning your furniture, there are three options to consider:

  • Let your furniture age naturally: As wood ages it takes on a silver patina look that can be quite attractive. You can preserve this appearance, using a clearhardwood oilfor eucalyptus, orteak oilfor teak furniture. At least 2 coats should be applied, allowing 48 hours for the oil to dry.
  • Have a complete change: Express your individuality by usingwood paintto bring a splash of new color to your garden furniture. Apply 2-3 coats of paint to achieve a solid color; and this should last around 3 years with only regular cleaning needed.
  • Keep your furniture looking like new: withstained oil.

And, it's not just sun, rain, and snow that can damage your wooden outdoor furniture, so think about your socializing habits too... Especially in the summer as one expert warns:

'If you position your wood furniture around a pool or hot tub, wipe it down with water once a week. As chlorine accumulates, it can gnaw away at the wood’s finish.' says Katie Fritz, content manager, Article (opens in new tab).

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How to clean outdoor furniture that has a glass top

Using a glass coffee table or dining table outside is a great way to add style to your alfresco eating area. Its wipeable surface makes it super easy to clean sauces and spills should friends or family have a little whoopsie while enjoying a light snack or meal.

'Garden furniture may often have a tabletop made of glass, which can at first seem a daunting prospect in terms of cleaning' says Patel.

'But it is simple enough with the right tools. Once you’ve removed any debris with a cloth or soft brush, a household glass cleaner or white vinegar solution can be sprayed and wiped away.'

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'The most important thing to remember with any outdoor glass is to protect it, and keep it covered when not in use. Utilizing table mats and coasters is a great way to add splashes of color and protect your table simultaneously.'

Again, it's best to avoid using a pressure washer, as although the glass on most of these designs is tempered, it can still shatter.

How to clean composite stone outdoor furniture

'There are things you can do to extend the life of your composite stone pieces,' confirms Fritz.

'Adding a cement sealer every three to six months will give your piece that extra protection it deserves. If you notice the temperature dropping, it’s a good idea to bring your piece inside to avoid a natural reaction like cracking.'

'To clean, simply use a soft-bristled nylon brush to wipe away dust and debris. Use the standard pH-neutral soap mixed with warm water to wipe away any dirt or grime, and then let your piece dry naturally before storing.'

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How to clean rattan outdoor furniture

Rattan furniture can be a tough one to get right cleaning-wise so you'll want to make sure you're being gentle. One expert has just the thing to add a healthy glow to your garden furniture.

'If you have an old piece of rattan furniture that is looking worse for wear, I would recommend using a soft cloth and rubbing some olive oil onto the product. This will reduce cracking and add shine to your rattan, making it look as good as new,' says Schwarze.

Cleaning outdoor furniture accessories

A patio umbrella is a fine accompaniment to pair with an outdoor table to provide shade and comfort from extreme sun. However, just as it protects you from harmful UV rays, you need to return the favor.

'When it comes to care and storage, it always helps to use common sense and address the risks around you. If a light breeze was enough to whisk Mary Poppins up, up, and away, imagine what one could do to your outdoor umbrella,' questions Fritz.

'Keep your patio umbrella closed when not in use, and store it in a cool, dry place whenever possible.'

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How to clean an outdoor rug

The best outdoor rugs are a quick way to add color and texture to your external scheme, and work particularly well in a small garden or courtyard where there's not much space to grow plants. However, just like their indoor counterparts, this furniture decor needs to be treated with care.

'The best way to prevent said grubbiness is by bringing your rug inside whenever you see ugly weather in the forecast,' advises Fritz.

'When your rug is enjoying its time outside, you can remove any loose and dry debris by vacuuming with a non-rotary type attachment and shaking or hitting it with a broom to extract dust.'

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'For more stubborn dirt, your rug can handle a good, ol’ fashioned hose down with some mild, pH-neutral soap. Just make sure there’s enough room for ventilation wherever you choose to dry it. If you think it’ll need a bit more than a garden hose facial, feel free to call on the help of a professional rug cleaner.'

And, when it comes to frequency of cleaning this fabric decor, Clare Vallely, brand expert at Kukoon Rugs (opens in new tab), lays it down for us.

She says: 'It is always best to clean anoutdoorrug monthly, as well as at the start and end of the spring and summer seasons.'

'Cleaninganoutdoorrug is simple, you just need a hose, scrub brush, and diluted dish soap. It is important to clean both sides of the rug and leave it to air dry in the sun. If moss or algae form on the rug, you can remove it using diluted bleach or vinegar.'

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How to store outdoor furniture in winter

Cleaning outdoor furniture is one thing, but when you're not using a bit of elbow grease to eliminate dirt and anything that shouldn't be on it, maintaining the material and protecting it from the elements including water, heat and excessive moisture is just as important.

'We strongly recommend that all garden furniture is stored or covered for winter.' advises Dani Taylor, creative and product director Cox and Cox (opens in new tab).

'This will prolong the life of your set and prevent dirt from building up, making your life easier come the spring. If you choose to use a cover, always use a breathableone and ensure your furniture has been cleaned and is completely dry before covering to prevent mildew and mold developing.'

'If stowing indoors, ensure the space is dry, not heated and has a goodairflowto prevent moisture from building up.'

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When should I cover outdoor furniture?

'A little secret: furniture covers aren’t just for the classic wet-and-windy conditions', says Fritz,Article (opens in new tab)

'Just like you wear that SPF 100 to protect your own skin, outdoor covers help ward off sun exposure and the associated color fading. They’re also the ultimate bird-poo protectors.'

'Pay attention to the weather forecast.A neutral cloudy day is best for your outdoor furniture, so if you spot any extreme sunshine or rain in the forecast it’s a good idea to throw those covers on.'

Why is my wooden patio furniture turning silver or gray?

'Congrats! Your furniture is developing a beautiful patina,' celebrates Fritz.

'Over time, wooden outdoor furniture will show signs of aging. Teak and acacia develop a silver patina that, like George Clooney’s salt and pepper, just adds to its naughty charm. This is 100% natural and not to be feared. If this is something that really bothers you, most furniture restorers can refinish your pieces to your desired look.'

How can I stop the growth of mildew on my outdoor furniture?

'Common in wood and fabrics in particular, mildew occurs when a material comes in contact with too much moisture for extended periods of time,' explains Fritz.

'Avoid mildew by ensuring your furniture is kept dry and protected. Soak up any spills immediately, make sure natural debris like soggy leaves and pine cones don’t sit on your pieces, don’t store furniture or cushions while they’re still moist, and only store in well-ventilated areas.'

'While mildew isn’t cute, it can usually be removed pretty easily. Wear a mask and gloves while scrubbing your piece with a soft bristle brush and warm water mixed with a pH-neutral soap (like Castile soap). Once cleaned, let your piece dry off completely in the sun.'

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What is the best way to clean outdoor resin furniture? ›

Fill a bucket with warm water and just a splash of dish soap. Using a soft brush or cloth, gently scrub the furniture. Start from the top and work your way down. Rinse thoroughly with a hose or a clean wet cloth.

How do you clean outdoor rattan furniture? ›

How to clean rattan furniture
  1. Use a handheld vacuum or a brush attachment to remove loose dust and soil.
  2. Use a toothbrush, cocktail stick or any other fine tool to remove stubborn soil or debris.
  3. Using a bowl of warm, soapy water or a garden hose, remove all soil and debris and scrub thoroughly.

How do you care for resin patio furniture? ›

Resin wicker furniture can be cleaned with nothing more complicated than a bucket of warm water and soap to remove dirt and mildew, and prevent stains from setting in. If you choose, you can use a non-toxic, pet and child-friendly product to protect your resin wicker, adding shine and making it look its best.

What cleans resin the best? ›

Formlabs generally recommends the use of isopropyl alcohol (IPA) with a concentration of at least 90% to clean and dissolve uncured resin. In case you cannot acquire IPA, tripropylene glycol monomethyl ether (TPM) is a tested alternative for parts printed with non-biocompatible Formlabs resins.

Does vinegar clean outdoor furniture? ›

For stubborn stains, dampen a clean rag with white distilled vinegar and wipe down the piece. You can also sprinkle baking soda on a wet sponge to create a mild abrasive that will peel away stains but won't scratch surfaces. Avoid abrasive cleaners, which will scratch plastic outdoor furniture.

How do I make my rattan look new again? ›

Make up a solution of warm water and washing-up liquid and give a good stir to make a lot of suds. Take a soft clean cloth and dip in the suds, you don't want to use a sodden wet cloth. Wipe over the cane and remove with another clean dry cloth, you may need a toothbrush to get into the crevices.

Can you wash rattan furniture with water? ›

Your wicker and rattan furniture can also benefit from thorough cleaning once a year. This can help remove any major buildup and prevent further damage. To do this, scrub the surface with detergent and water and set outside as soon as possible to dry.

Can you use WD-40 on outdoor furniture? ›

WD-40® is actually safe* to use on metal, rubber, wood and plastic. It can also be applied to some painted metal surfaces without harming the paint. Using WD-40® to bring colour and shine back to faded plastic patio furniture, is just one of many WD-40® uses!

What is the best treatment for outdoor wood furniture? ›

However, the most prudent choice is oil when it comes to outdoor furniture. Oil-based solutions protect outdoor wood furniture in a way that prevents water, dirt and UV exposure from ruining its integrity. Secondly, oil penetrates into the wood as well as the surface offering protection throughout the structure.

How do you clean outdoor wooden furniture? ›

Clean outdoor wood furniture lightly with a damp cloth and mild soapy solution or warm water. If the piece requires deeper cleaning, scrub with a soft scrub brush or toothbrush and mix of water and dishwasher detergent. Always scrub in the same direction as the wood grain.

How do you clean and stain outdoor wood furniture? ›

For best results, the wood you are staining should be free of dirt and mildew. Apply deck wash (or a homemade water-and-bleach solution) with a pump sprayer to clean the surface. Scrub any spots that are especially dirty, rinsing them with water as you go. Allow at least 24 hours for the wood to dry completely.

What should you not put in resin? ›

You can put almost anything you want into Brilliant Resin! Paper, plastic, fabric, metal, clay, wood, natural elements, glitters and powders, and any combination of these elements work well. Things that contain moisture should be avoided, for example, fresh flowers and leaves.

How long does outdoor resin last? ›

If prepared and installed properly, both a resin bound Decra®Set and resin bonded Decra®Stone surface should last for in excess of 15 years with no issues. And when applied to a new base surface, in excess of 20 years can be expected.

Can you leave resin chairs out in the winter? ›

Resin. Ottawa outdoor furniture sets that are made out of resin, are usually chosen due to their extreme durability and ability to repel rust and rot. They require minimal maintenance and can be left outside, even during harsh winters. Again, for additional protection, resin outdoor furniture can be covered.

Can you use vinegar on resin? ›

Using Vinegar To Clean Up Epoxy Resin From Your Skin

Also, remove and clean the adhesive by soaking vinegar on a cleaning cloth or towel. Gently rub the contaminated part until the adhesive peels or softens. Vinegar is one of the best options for cleaning up resin from your skin.

Can you clean resin with Windex? ›

To clean your artwork and maintain its luster, you need to treat the resin like a glass. Meaning, all you need is a clean cloth (chamois-a fabric used for cleaning cars is great!) and a glass cleaner (Mr. Muscle, Windex,etc.) Spray Windex to the cloth and use it to wipe your artwork.

Does vinegar damage wood furniture? ›

While household vinegar has countless applications in home cleaning, using this versatile substance is not appropriate in many different situations. Because vinegar is acidic, it can corrode wood and stone, it can destroy wax, kill plants, and cause other damage.

Does white vinegar damage wood furniture? ›

Diluted vinegar can dissolve the finish that protects the wood and leave it looking cloudy, dull, or scratched. (The same goes for wood furniture.)

What happens to rattan if it gets wet? ›

Rattan is a dried plant fibre that, when wet, may distort or break under pressure. If your furniture has got soaked through, keep all people and objects off it until it's completely dry.

What happens if rattan gets wet? ›

Cause mold and mildew. If wet rattan does not dry out, the large amount of moisture or dampness will be the perfect place for bacteria to grow. Bacteria and mold can get stuck between the rattan strips and over time these bacteria can take over a large part of the furniture.

How long do you soak rattan before using? ›

The rattan webbing should be soaked in warm water for approximately 30 minutes before fitting. Soaking for longer period can weaken and darken the cane strands.

Can you use vinegar on rattan? ›


For mold and mildew removal, add one cup of white vinegar to the solution. For tough dirt and stains, use the same solution in combination with a soft brush; an old toothbrush will help you get into the nooks and crannies. Afterward, make sure to rinse thoroughly with plain water and dry thoroughly.

Can you hose down rattan furniture? ›

If you absolutely must, you can hose it down, but make sure that you dry it off as quickly as possible with clean absorbent cloths or towels. Dry the wicker furniture off as soon as you are done cleaning it, even if you didn't have to hose it down.

Can you clean rattan with Murphy's Oil soap? ›

If you see there is dirt or a stain on the rattan or wicker frame of your furniture, you should first use Murphy's Oil Soap® or similar product and a soft rag to remove the soiling. If this is not effective, a clean rag with acetone, fine grit steel wool or sandpaper may be used.

Can I use Dawn to clean my patio? ›

Cleaning Your Patio

If you neglected cleaning your concrete patio for some time, use a detergent such as Dawn or Ajax dishwashing liquid mixed with water to help brighten the surface.

What do you spray outdoor furniture with? ›

Rustoleum Paint + Primer Spray Paint is an excellent choice for durable spray paint for outdoor furniture.

What can you spray on outdoor wood furniture to preserve it? ›

Use an outdoor-rated finish like polyurethane, epoxy, lacquer, or varnish. Make a natural oil finish with one part tung or linseed oil, one part mineral spirits, and one part polyurethane. Use a stain sealant combo that gives your wood some color and a durable finish all in one.

What is the best oil to use on outside wood furniture? ›

Garden furniture oil can be used on softwood and hardwoods, giving a high quality and low odour finish. Traditional wood oils, such as teak oil, are popular choices for protecting outdoor wood furniture. Osmo Teak Oil Spray requires no sanding when topping up the coating, unlike traditional teak oils.

How do you clean outdoor furniture naturally? ›

For a DIY outdoor furniture cleaning solution, mix one gallon of warm water with 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar and 1/4 cup baking soda. Scrub the area thoroughly with a scrub brush, and use an old toothbrush to reach small crevices between materials like synthetic rattan (made from plastic).

How do you restore faded rattan furniture? ›

Regularly clean your Rattan/Wicker furniture, and to maintain it's finish you could apply Orange Oil with a clean cloth. This will help clean, nourish and rejuvenate the rattan/wicker furniture.

What is the first step in cleaning wood furniture? ›

Start by wiping down your wood furniture with a barely damp microfiber cloth to remove dust and grime. You never want water to sit on the wood, so quickly wipe it down with another dry microfiber cloth. For regular dusting, a quick wipe-down with a microfiber cloth will do the trick.

Is Murphy's oil soap good for wood furniture? ›

Murphy® Oil Soap gets deep into grime to break up dirt particles and it's safe to use on wood products like cabinets.

What is the easiest way to clean wood? ›

Wipe or vacuum the wood (whether painted or natural) and remove as much of the dirt and dust as you can. Mix up a spray bottle of distilled white vinegar and a drop (only one) of dish soap. Spray the microfiber cloth with this mixture and wipe the wood to remove the additional buildup.

What is the best water sealer for outdoor wood furniture? ›

It also applies to both dry and damp wood and can be used on outdoor furniture, decks, doors, and fences.
  • Rainguard Premium Wood Sealer.
  • DEFY Crystal Clear Sealer.
  • Anchorseal 2.
  • Roxil Wood Protection Cream.
  • Eco-Advance Exterior Wood Waterproofer.
  • Ready Seal Stain and Sealer for Wood.
  • Pure Tung Oil Natural Wood Sealer.

Can I use olive oil on outdoor wood furniture? ›

Can I use olive oil on wood furniture? Yes, you can. Use a cloth to work the oil into the wood grain, rubbing back and forth. When the wood has absorbed the oil, leave it for ten minutes then wipe the excess off with a clean cloth.

How do you make outdoor wood furniture last longer? ›

Use an outdoor rated paint or stain for added protection.

Outdoor paint or stain will add a nice durable layer of protection to your unfinished outdoor wood. It's specifically made to withstand harsh weather conditions.

Does WD 40 clean wood? ›

WD-40 will expertly clean up the wood, and ensure extended protection of the furniture in the long run. Wipe away any residue WD-40 from the surface of the wood, and you're good to go.

How do you clean waterproof outdoor furniture? ›

For a natural cleaning method, try using vinegar to clean outdoor cushions. Add 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar to 4 cups warm water and pour into a spray bottle. After vacuuming the surface, spray the cushions with the solution and let sit for 15 minutes. Use a soft brush to scrub any stained areas.

How do you clean dirty outdoor wood? ›

Soap and water
  1. Create a solution with your chosen soap and warm water.
  2. Apply to to your wood and gently scrub with a soft brush.
  3. Leave the solution to work for a few minutes.
  4. Rinse off the solution with a hose or pressure washer.
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Can you use vinegar and water to clean wood furniture? ›

To clean wood furniture, start by dusting or vacuuming your furniture. Then, mix 3 tablespoons of white vinegar with 1 cup of water. Next, spray some of the liquid onto a cloth and wipe down the surface of your furniture, taking care not to make it too wet.

How do you clean outdoor resin? ›

How to Clean Plastic and Hard-Resin Outdoor Furniture
  1. Make your own mild cleanser by mixing 1/2 cup baking soda with 1-gallon warm water.
  2. For tougher stains, mix 3 tablespoons dishwasher detergent (which contains a mild bleaching agent) and 1 gallon of warm water.
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How do you clean a dirty resin table? ›

Use a soft cloth whenever cleaning the resin top so not to scratch it while cleaning. Minor scratches can be removed or reduced by buffing them out. When removing stains use soap and water in lieu of harsh chemicals which can dissolve the epoxy resin coating.

How do you clean epoxy resin furniture? ›

Always start out using soap and water to wipe away most stains and spots on your epoxy resin table. You can also use gentle spray cleaners, such as a glass cleaner to get a shiny, streak-free, and spotlessly clean surface.

What is the easiest way to clean resin? ›

Alcohol and acetone are both solvents that will break down resin residue so you can simply wipe it off. 💡 TIP: For quick and easy clean-up, it's important to wipe out the container with rubbing alcohol or acetone while the resin is still wet.

Does vinegar get rid of resin? ›

Using Vinegar To Clean Up Epoxy Resin From Your Skin

Also, remove and clean the adhesive by soaking vinegar on a cleaning cloth or towel. Gently rub the contaminated part until the adhesive peels or softens. Vinegar is one of the best options for cleaning up resin from your skin.

How do you clean resin without scratching? ›

Clean your resin art just as you would clean glass by spraying it with a mild glass cleaner, then gently wiping it dry with a soft cloth or paper towel. Epoxy resin is strong and durable so you can safely use a mild glass cleaner without damaging the resin surface.

Can you use vinegar to clean patio furniture? ›

Vinegar for cleaning outdoor and patio furniture

Strengthen vinegar's cleaning power by mixing half a cup of white vinegar with one cup of ammonia. And, a quarter-cup of baking soda. Mix all together into one gallon of water, and keep on hand and apply with a strong toothbrush to remove persistent mildew.

What is the best polish for resin? ›

TOPFINISH 2 is a fine finish polishing compound developed specifically for tough plastics like epoxy resin. The super fine nano-particle formulation can be used to achieve even higher levels of gloss on polished epoxy resin surfaces or be used to restore gloss to scratched or well-used surfaces.

What does vinegar do to epoxy resin? ›

Household vinegar is a very mild solvent that will help remove epoxy residue. Because it's mild, it will take more product to remove the epoxy than a stronger solvent. If you're working on a small project, or in a small area, this may be acceptable.

What is the best cleaner for epoxy resin? ›

Clean epoxy resin or mixed epoxy residue with lacquer thinner, acetone or alcohol. Follow all safety warnings on solvent containers. Clean epoxy hardener residue with warm, soapy water.

Does vinegar hurt epoxy? ›

They also contain low percentages of alcohols and mineral salts. When applied to remove epoxy, vinegar slightly dissolves it then penetrates the protective layers of skin, carrying epoxy into your subdermal tissues. This increases the chance of an allergic reaction, and may also increase the reaction's intensity.

Can you clean resin with hydrogen peroxide? ›

Hydrogen peroxide can also be used to sterilize resin and be a resin bed cleaner. By itself, hydrogen peroxide does not damage ion exchange resins, even at concentrations approaching 10%.

Does soap clean resin? ›

Soap and water will remove some epoxy resin from skin, but it may not remove the resin entirely. It may leave a residue of resin on your skin which could cause irritation. To remove resin most effectively, it's best to use an exfoliant based cleanser first, followed up with soap and water.


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