Whether your outdoor furniture gets year-round use or it has only recently made its seasonal debut, it likely would benefit from a good cleaning.
Time and weather take their toll on your furniture, siding, deck or other things that are exposed to the elements.
Thanks to the experts in the Amway Home Care Lab, we have some tips on how to clean your outdoor space so you can enjoy it without a worry—and without harsh chemicals.
No harsh chemicals
Amway Home Care experts recommend cleaning products that are safer to use around families and kinder to outdoor plants.
That includes concentrated detergents that are free of phosphates and chlorine and can be used on almost any surface. Amway experts look to oxygenated bleach, which bubbles up and breaks certain types of bonds in soils to remove stains.
First, clear away any leaves or other debris from all the corners of your outside space or the nooks and crannies of your furniture so you can get a good look at it.
Inspect it for any problem areas that might need special attention, like mold or mildew.
Next, get Amway Home™ L.O.C.™ Multi-Purpose Cleaner, Amway Home™ All Fabric Bleach and hot water.
“Mixing a cap and a half (30 ml) of the Multi-Purpose Cleaner with one scoop (30 ml) of the All Fabric Bleach in 5 liters of hot water will make scrubbing your deck, outdoor furniture and vinyl siding a much less arduous task,” said Doug Feenstra, Amway manager of home and personal care product development.
How does it work? The multi-purpose cleaner has surfactants, a substance that affects the surface tension between substances.
“The surfactants in the multi-purpose cleaner help the bleach penetrate stains more quickly and thoroughly,” Doug said.
Never mix cleaning products
“As a rule, you should never mix household cleaning products together,” Doug said. “The resulting fumes can be harmful, especially if combined with formulas containing chlorine bleach.
“The mixture described here is the only exception we recommend.”
Once you mix your cleaning solution, Doug suggests using a sponge, nylon brush or soft-bristled broom, depending on the size of your project.
Finish with a gentle rinse from the garden hose and discard any leftover cleaning solution after it cools.
Let it dry, enjoy
Once you’ve washed and rinsed your outdoor items, you can let Mother Nature do the drying. Or, if you want to use your furniture immediately, wipe it down with an old towel.
To see additional cleaning tips or advice for taking care of your home, inside and out, check out other blogs at AmwayConnections.com.