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Not Sure How to Clean Your Outdoor Furniture? Find Out Which Method Is Best For Each Material!

Posted by edmontonhome on Jul 19, 2018 12:37:33 PM


Regular cleaning is important to keep outdoor furniture looking good, but it’s never more necessary than after a long, messy winter. Harsh weather can leave patio or lawn furniture looking dingy, tired and less than inviting. These tips for cleaning outdoor furniture of all types are helpful for keeping that deck furniture looking good all year long. But you'll find these suggestions especially handy when it’s time to spruce up those outdoor living spaces as warm weather finally returns and the backyard beckons for lounging, grilling or entertaining alfresco.

Getting Started

Dust, leaves and other loose debris are likely to gather on any furniture that has been left uncovered during extended periods without use. Start your cleanup by using a brush or dry cloth to wipe away any loose materials. Wood, metal, plastic or fabric may be sprayed down using a garden hose with a spray attachment to dislodge lingering surface debris.


Plastic and resin furniture is inexpensive and comes in a wide variety of styles, making it the most popular choice for deck and lawn furniture. It also happens to be the easiest to maintain. Skip the abrasives (which can scuff the surface) and simply spray with an all-purpose cleaner and wipe down with a sponge or damp cloth to keep plastic furniture looking good.


Wrought iron and stainless steel are popular choices for outdoor furniture for their durability and ease of maintenance. In most cases, metal patio furniture will easily return to “like new” condition by using a sponge or brush to clean surfaces with a quarter cup of mild dish soap added to a gallon of warm water.

The greatest enemy of metal furniture is rust. Although metal patio furniture is often painted or coated with a rust-resistant finish, these will wear away over time. If rust is detected, use steel wool to remove oxidation and consider re-painting the furniture to prevent future problems.

Wicker, Teak and Other Wood

Using a power washer may be tempting, but is likely to scar or otherwise damage soft wood and is strongly discouraged. Instead, use a mild oil soap or soapy water and a soft brush or sponge to remove any grit or grime. Wicker may require a toothbrush to get into the weave and can be time-consuming. To ease this chore, clean regularly to reduce build-up.

Hard woods like teak and ipe will clean up nicely when you use a weak solution of laundry detergent or one of the many commercial products available specifically for the job. Work in small sections and dry thoroughly when finished. Resist the urge to use teak oil on your hardwood furniture, which can encourage mildew.


Hammocks, seat covers and stretched fabric look great, but get dirty quickly. Because they are manufactured from a variety of materials, both natural and synthetic, the safest method for cleaning is to use a solution of dish soap and warm water. Whenever possible, consult manufacturer's instructions for recommended cleaning methods. In some cases, fabric may be removed and washed in a washing machine set to gentle. Air-dry to avoid damage from a hot dryer. Once clean, consider applying a water-repellant fabric protector to minimize future staining.   

Dealing With Mold

Rain and humidity often leave outdoor furniture damp and prone to the development of mold and mildew on its surfaces. To deal with mold, make sure the furniture is dry and scrub with a brush to remove surface mold and spray with a hose to rinse. Once dry-scrubbed, full-strength white vinegar and a hard brush will remove stubborn mildew. Diluted bleach is also effective in removing mold from hard surfaces, but may discolor some materials and isn’t always the best choice. When in doubt, err on the side of caution.

When Cleaning Isn’t Enough

After extended use, patio furniture may develop stains that are impervious to cleaning. If the cleaning methods outlined here aren’t effective, it may require far more drastic measures. Hard wood furniture like teak can be surface-sanded to restore its luster, but for other wood or metal furniture, it may be time to strip or sand to reveal the bare surface before painting or staining to revitalize old furniture. Restoring plastic furniture can be more challenging. Although some will accept a coat of paint rated for plastic surfaces, the results may be short-lived. 

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Eskimos Vs. Argonauts Tonight With International Recording Artist LUDACRIS!!

Posted by edmontonhome on Jul 13, 2018 3:34:15 PM

Double-Whammy! Going to the football game tonight? Catch the Eskimos against the Toronto Argonauts tonight at 7, and listen to old and new hits by international recording artist Ludacris!  Should be a great show! Go Esks Go! 

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Congratulations Dr. A On the Purchase of Your Estate Home!!

Posted by edmontonhome on Jul 13, 2018 1:59:16 PM

As realtors, we know not all deals are the same.  In any case, to have a deal close is a great feeling, for both the real estate agent and of course the buyer or seller.  Then there are the deals that feel extra special, because a client goes from a client, to becoming a good friend through the process. Congratulations to my good friend Dr. A on the purchase of your beautiful Estate Home!! Wishing you all the best in the future!

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Edmonton Home For Sale! STEAL OF A DEAL on this Beautiful 2-Storey Half Duplex!!

Posted by edmontonhome on Jul 10, 2018 12:09:51 PM

STEAL OF A DEAL!! This beautiful, well-kept 2 Storey Half Duplex is now listed at a REDUCED PRICE of only $314,800! Click on the link below to view pictures of this awesome property!

today780-983-1223, or visit http://edmontonhome.com!

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Real Estate Market Statistics for June!

Posted by edmontonhome on Jul 7, 2018 11:28:00 AM

Here are the Real Estate Market Statistics for the month of June! 

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Check Out These 10 Signs It's Time to Replace Your Windows, According to Mike Holmes

Posted by edmontonhome on Jul 3, 2018 5:23:00 PM

Are you wondering how long your home's windows can go without being replaced?  If you're not sure if it's time to replace them, here is an article from Mike Holmes we found useful in making your decision.  Click on the link below.  We would love to help with this, or if you have any concerns or questions regarding your home!! Call 780-983-1223, we'd love to chat with you! 

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New Listing!!! 13608 123A st Edmonton- Legal Basement Suite, Great Investment Property!

Posted by edmontonhome on Jun 29, 2018 2:00:38 PM

Looking for a great Investment or to legally subsidize your mortgage?! This legal City of Edmonton basement suite, is exhaustively renovated top to bottom.  In the awesome neighburhood of Kensington, this move-in ready property sits on a huge lot with a double garage. The interior upgrades are simply EVERYTHING, there are way too many to list. This is a must see home!!  Call 780-983-1223 to view, or if you have any questions about this or any other property!



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What You Need To Know About Buying a Home

Posted by edmontonhome on Jun 25, 2018 5:16:00 PM

Buying a home is a big investment – likely the largest one you will ever make. The cost to buy a home should be carefully considered to avoid the risk of financial difficulty in the future.

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This Is Big!! Three Major Developers, Coming Together to Give Popular Jasper Ave Corner A Revamp!!

Posted by edmontonhome on Jun 21, 2018 2:31:00 PM

The northeast corner of Jasper Avenue and 108 Street is no beauty spot.

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Fully Renovated Townhouse!! Ultimate Low Price, Move In Ready!!

Posted by edmontonhome on Jun 19, 2018 12:41:03 PM

This beauty's back on the market for an ultimate LOW PRICE!  Fully Renovated, this immaculate townhouse is a great investment, or starter home with so many upgrades!  See to appreciate, call 780-983-1223!  

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