Today’s outdoor fabrics are extremely durable, but dirt and grime can dull even the toughest weaves. Start by dusting off surface dirt, then use a sponge or soft bristle brush to apply a solution of ¼ cup mild detergent (like Dawn or Woolite) diluted in 1 gallon of water. Rinse thoroughly to remove all the soap and allow the fabric to air dry, and your cushions should be as bright and cheery as the day you bought them.
If your furnishings are in good condition, all they’ll likely need is a quick vacuuming and a wipe-down with a cloth dipped in a mild detergent dilution. Scrub off stubborn grime with a bristle brush dipped in the same solution, then rinse with a cloth saturated in plain water.
Dirt and grime can cause teak to mildew, so it’s essential to give it a thorough scrubbing with a solution of equal amounts of mild detergent and water using a bristle brush. Do this once a year and the teak should remain mildew free.
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Most metal garden furniture is finished with a protective coating that makes it impervious to the elements … but that finish will eventually wear away.
Inspect your metal furnishings carefully every spring. If the varnish is bubbling or you see any rust damage, use sandpaper to remove the damaged area, then apply new paint or varnish.
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