Spick and Span
Cleanliness maybe next to godliness but frankly the older I get the more likely I am to ignore the tumble weeds of dog hair blowing across the livingroom. So the idea of cleaning patio furniture each spring rarely even makes it to my list of outdoor chores. This year however prompted by a change in hardscape I decided it was time to spiffy up the neglected mish-mash collection of patio chairs and tables.
I thought we might use this thread to post cleaning & maintenance tips for hardscape decks, patios, driveways, ect., as well as cleaning & maintenance tips for patio/deck furniture, pottery, BBQ grills, ect. So below are a few tips I thought I would share.
1. When I bought a teak patio table a number of years ago the selling point that allowed me to swallow the ridiculously high price tag was that it was presumably maintenance free should I allow it to weather to a soft gray. A few years ago after cleaning the teak on our boat Joe used the marine cleaner on our table and frankly it left me unimpressed. This year after finally springing for the chairs that go with the table I bought the manufacturers (Kingsley Bate) cleanser that comes with a special scrubber. The actual process involved nothing more than applying the cleanser, scrubbing off and hosing down. This did not restore the wood to its natural brown tone but removed all of the mold and dirt the table was holding on to. The visual results were identical to when a house or deck has been power washed less the damage to the wood.
2. Scotchgard - YIKES, YIKES, YIKES,ÂPlease speak up even if you rarely postÂ I would love to know if you were aware of 3M dropping Scotchguard from their product line back in 99 because it was well documented that PFOS were showing up in shocking levels in the blood streams of most Americans and in higher levels of employees. I stumble on this a mere 21 years later when I was at the patio furniture store buying the teak cleaner and asked the salesperson if they sold Scotchguard for the patio chair cushions, her response was that it was found to be toxic and is no longer on the market but they had something else I could try. Back at home what did I find in my pantry but an old (certainly not 21yrs old) half full can of Scotchgard. Where have I been? Why didnÂt I know about Scotchguard earlier?
3. I hope I can sa*ve someone from making the same mistake that I did. If you are buying your patio furniture in stages like I did you will want to make sure you buy ALL of your fabric selections (chair cushions ect) in one order. I learned the hard way that the fabric mills have cut Way back and dropping a large percentage of what they were offering in a better economy. Many of the retailers can no longer get even some the more basic popular fabrics.
So do you have any maintenance/cleaning tips?