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Prepare Your Patio for Spring: Part 2

With spring just around the corner, we’ve put together a few ideas to help you get your outdoor furniture ready to enjoy. Follow these easy steps to ensure your furniture is spotless—then check out the infographic at the bottom of this post for an easy reminder of a few important rules for cleaning your outdoor furniture.

Did you miss part one in this series? Find the post on cleaning tips for your patio here.

Choose the Right Cleaning Supplies
It’s time to break out and scrub down your outdoor furniture. Each type of furniture will have its own cleaning requirements, so consult the manufacturer before you attempt to use any cleaning products.

You usually can’t go wrong with very mild detergents like Dawn soap on materials such as wicker and fabric cushions. Use a gentle water spray and a soft sponge to clear off dirt and debris.

 Air It Out
Remember to prop the cushions up when you’re done so that they can air dry evenly—never apply heat to any outdoor furniture so that you don’t melt or burn the fabric. While most cushions are mildew-resistant, this method will ensure that no moisture is trapped between the cushion and your furniture.

Seal the Deal
Now that your outdoor wicker furniture is sparkling clean, protect your investment with the right sealer. For wicker, plastic, or polywood materials, car wipes such as Armor All can help protect from collecting dust or other particles. For natural materials like teak or wood, use teak or linseed oil as a natural sealant.

Have Quality Furniture Covers Ready
The last thing you want to do is bring out your wicker furniture for spring, only to have more snowfall or heavy rain. Invest in quality outdoor furniture covers that will resist these unforeseen weather events. Follow The Patio’s guide to choosing the right outdoor furniture cover for some great tips.

Feel free to use the infographic below as an easy reminder of these tips. If you found this post helpful, then continue to follow The Patio each week for part two, or sign up at WickerCentral.com to receive our weekly newsletter.

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