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Cleaning outdoor furniture becomes a regular chore during the warmer months, when we use our outdoor seating areas more frequently. There are also plenty of birds that leave their calling cards in the form of bird droppings on outdoor furniture and accessories.

Prevention is the best way. Storing everything after use will keep it in better condition for longer. However, the fact is that most of us are not going to carry outdoor furniture from one place to another every time we want to use it.

Birdfall damage

Just like your car’s paint, acidic bird droppings can cause lasting damage if left uncared for over a period of time. On top of that, it looks very ugly and can be a bit embarrassing to offer someone a messy seat.

Bird droppings in large quantities can also pose a health risk, so make sure you never try to clean up while it’s dry, as inhaled dust can make you sick.

once a week habit

Get into the routine of cleaning your outdoor furniture like you do your indoor areas. A wash once a week with a mild detergent and warm water will go a long way in keeping things fresh, and in some cases, just require a quick wipe just before use. Many times your outdoor furniture will be ready to be used at a moment’s notice.

This gives you the regular opportunity to check and see if any repair or restoration work is needed.

types of furniture

Outdoor furniture will be made from varieties of wood, metal, plastic, sturdy materials like canvas, or a combination of these. Recycled plastic furniture is a great way to help the environment and get affordable, long-lasting furniture.

You can be sure that in all cases a good wash with a mild detergent in warm water will suit all types of furniture on a regular basis to keep bird droppings in check. Vinyl cushions may need to be washed in the sink and left to dry in the sun for a day or two. The sun is a natural killer of mold and mildew.

If your cleaning regimen hasn’t been regular, use a low-pressure hose and scrub brush to loosen and wash away droppings. Add borax or baking soda to the water for a natural alternative. Dishwasher detergent has some bleach for white plastic if you want to keep it white. But don’t use straight bleach or strong cleaners on vinyl or plastic, as they will gradually break it down and may also leave discoloration.

After clean protection

This makes cleaning much easier next time. Depending on weather conditions, once or twice a year is good for a thorough cleaning and other protective measures, in difficult conditions, perhaps every three months is better.

*Wood/Bamboo/Wicker: If painted or stained, look for chipped or worn areas to repair by sanding and touching up. If the wood is bare it will need some kind of protection. This can be done in several ways. You may choose to oil it regularly by rubbing in something like linseed oil with a soft cloth. Some choose to use soft waxes which work very well.

* Metals – Like wood these may be painted, if so check regularly for any weak spots. Any mild soapy water will be fine. If bird droppings build up over time, you may need to use a high-pressure hose and wear protective gear to prevent eye and inhalation problems.

*Plastic/Resin/Vinyl – There really are some fantastic designs in outdoor furniture being made with these today. You will also find waterproof cushions, but wash them occasionally and let them dry in the sun. Soft waxes can sometimes be fine for resins, but aren’t always good for vinyl, so read the product’s cleaning recommendations.

* Material/Canvas: Again, a light wash with warm water and a mild detergent will suffice here. Umbrellas can be made with the same treatment. Moisten first and use a soft scrub brush. Make sure they dry properly before storing.

Show the same concern for outdoor furniture as you do for indoor furniture and you’ll have it for many years. You might even consider some sort of cover to cover them while they’re not in use. Make sure it is securely fastened in high windy areas.

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