How to clean your outdoor space

A woman sits on a patio chair while another woman holds a dish of kebabs ready to go on the charcoal grill. A man is tending the grill.

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.

The front porch and door of a house with gray siding, white pillars and a white fence, ready for fall cleaning.

Get started

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.

Cleaning concoction

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.”

Cleaning tools

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.

Learn more

To see additional cleaning tips or advice for taking care of your home, inside and out, check out other blogs at AmwayConnections.com.

To learn more about Amway Home™ L.O.C.™ Multi-Purpose Cleaner, Amway Home™ All Fabric Bleach and other Amway Home cleaning products, visit the websites for Amway US or Amway Canada.

2 Comments

  • Rodney says:

    What about using LOC and All fabric bleach with my high pressure washer??

    • Amway Connections says:

      Hi Rodney,

      We asked our experts and they recommend following any instructions on your pressure washer about putting anything besides water through it or you may void the warranty. However, applying Amway Home™ L.O.C.™ Multi-Purpose Cleaner and Amway Home™ All Fabric Bleach to the surface you wish to clean and then using the pressure washer would be a great way to get the job done. Thanks for the question!

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