How to clean garden furniture: 4 simple steps for wood, metal or fake rattan

Watch this week's Real Homes Show to find out how to get you garden furniture looking like new...

John Lewis garden furniture
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If you want to know how to clean garden furniture you are in the right place. This week on the Real Homes Show we show you how to get that tired-looking garden furniture sparkling clean, ready for all those socially distanced garden parties we are sure to all be having. 

So whether your garden furniture is made of wood, metal or fake rattan, we have just four simple steps to cleaning it. Watch the full episode of the Real Homes Show below and keep scrolling for our easy to follow cleaning guide...

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Step one: remove cushions or soft furnishings  

First, prepare your furniture by removing any cushions and giving them a wash or wipe down according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Step two: remove debris with a brush 

Secondly you need to get rid of any fallen leaves, muck or moss. Use a brush to get rid of any stuck on debris and then switch to your vacuum cleaner’s brush attachment to get rid of the dust that’s built up.

Step three: wipe down your garden furniture 

Next, mix washing up liquid with warm water and use a soft cloth to wipe down the furniture and allow to soak for a few minutes. Make sure you get into all those nooks and crannies. Avoid using any kind of bleach, even in a mild solution, as it could discolour the furniture.

Step four: rinse with a hose 

The final step is to rinse the furniture with your garden hose on a low pressure setting until all the soap suds have been washed away. Don’t use a pressure washer as it will damage the furniture. Then allow the furniture to dry thoroughly.

Remember, even waterproof garden furniture is only designed to be left out in showers, so you really should bring your furniture indoors during winter. If you don’t have a shed or garage, then invest in waterproof furniture covers from somewhere like Amazon and use rope or bungee cords to tie it down.

Finally, if you have wooden or metal garden furniture, it’ll need staining or coating once every couple of years.

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Hebe Hatton
Hebe Hatton

Hebe joined the Real Homes team in early 2018 as Staff Writer. As a renter, she is always looking for creative ways to make her flat feel like home. She loves boho and 70's style and is a big fan of Instagram as a source of interiors inspiration.