As living starts to move more into the fresh air, your outdoor furniture might need a bit of a refresh.
The Australian Furniture Association provided these tips for teak and wicker seats and tables:
- Use a mild oil-base soap, such as Murphy Oil Soap, mixed with warm water.
- For a do-it-yourself cleaning solution, mix 1⁄4 cup ammonia, 2 tablespoons white vinegar, and 1 quart warm water.
- Commercial wood cleaners are often the most effective, but be sure to read directions carefully.
- Wicker and painted woods might require diluting the solution.
- For hard woods, consider annually sanding and applying a fresh coat of protective finish, such as oil, stain, or a polyurethane coating.
- Hose down wicker every few weeks to prevent dirt buildup in crevices.
- Don’t soak your wicker furniture when cleaning – it may weaken the weave.
Regularly wiping down wood to remove dirt, debris, and excess water is the best way to protect it