A Guide to Cleaning Poly Furniture
So you’ve made the decision to purchase some poly furniture for your deck, patio, or pool area and you’d like to know how to keep it looking as fresh as possible. Or, maybe you’ve had it for a few years, and you want to clean it up and restore it as closely to ‘new’ as you can.
Well, lucky for you, you’ve made a very wise decision by purchasing furniture made of material that is virtually maintenance free!
We’ll get into cleaning the poly in just a second, but if you have not had the opportunity to educate yourself on the benefits of the poly furniture, take a look at this article.
With all of the fabulous characteristics referenced in that article, poly lumber proves to be a sturdy product that many buyers are attracted to because it leaves them to enjoy the products without extensive care and maintenance involved.
Now let’s get to the “cleaning” details!
One thing that we would recommend is that in caring for your poly furniture, consider periodic soft cleaning vs. annual deep cleaning.
Periodic Soft Cleaning
For periodic soft cleaning poly furniture, simply wash the product with soap and water. To do this, fill a bucket with a soap and water solution and wipe the poly lumber with a wash cloth or sponge.
If there are smudges or marks on the product from regular use, you may need to rub a soft bristle brush along the surface, and in creases and corners, to remove stubborn dirt particles and other debris. A tooth brush works excellent for those tight areas as well.
Once you’ve scrubbed the piece down, rinse the furniture thoroughly with a hose until no soap residue if left. Some colors, such as white or light hues, may take a little extra attention to wipe clean.
If you’re in a coastal region and you don’t have coastal rated poly and stainless hardware like our Classic Terrace Collection, it will pay off to rinse your furniture with fresh water from time to time to clean off any salt residue that has landed on the pieces.
Annual Deep Cleaning
For annual deep cleaning poly furniture, first remove the cushions and place them somewhere out of the way so as not to get bleach stains on the fabric.
4 Tips and suggestions for cleaning poly furniture:
- Cleaning is best done on warm, dry days.
- If the day is extremely warm, it is recommended to do your cleaning in the shade. This will prevent soap and scum from quickly drying on your furniture before you have a chance to rinse it.
- Most outdoor cushions can be cleaned with the same process as the regular cleaning recommendations, using a soap and water solution. Always check the manufacturer’s recommendations before cleaning begins.
- A high pressure power washer can also be used, however it is suggested that a fan tip is used and power washers should not be more than 1,500 psi for this purpose.
So your poly furniture is sparkling and clean! Time for you to enjoy your outdoor space!
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