How Do You Clean and Maintain Outdoor Furniture?

Outdoor furniture requires more attention than indoor furniture when it comes to cleaning and maintenance. The weather can cause your outdoor furniture to fade, rust, and even break if not properly taken care of.

Fortunately, there are a few simple tips you can follow to keep your outdoor furniture in good condition.


Regularly cleaning your outdoor furniture is essential for keeping it looking like new and preventing the buildup of dirt and debris. A mild soap solution is usually enough to clean most outdoor furniture.

Be sure to rinse off your furniture with fresh water after you have finished washing it. If you have wooden or metal outdoor furniture, it may also need to be oiled or waxed regularly to help prevent weather damage.

Protection from Weather:

Outdoor furniture is often exposed to different types of weather including rain, wind, and ultraviolet rays from the sun. To protect your outdoor furniture from these elements, you should use covers when the weather is especially harsh or when the furniture won’t be used for long periods of time. Additionally, if possible you should store your outdoor furniture in a dry place during winter months.

Repairing Damages:

Wooden Furniture:

If your wooden outdoor furniture has been damaged by insects or moisture, sanding down the damaged area will often be enough to restore its original look. You may want to apply a sealant after sanding for added protection against future damage.

Metal Furniture:

If you have metal outdoor furniture that has been affected by rust, you can use a wire brush or steel wool to remove the rust residue before applying a layer of primer followed by a coat of paint. After applying the paint, let it dry completely before using the piece again.


Cleaning and maintaining your outdoor furniture on a regular basis is important in order ensure its longevity while making sure it looks great all year round! By regularly washing and protecting it from harsh weather conditions as well as repairing any damages that occur over time will help keep your outdoor space looking beautiful for years to come!

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Jennifer Watson