Home Remedies for Lawn Furniture

1 5784

When enjoying the nice weather, lounging in the sun, or barbecuing for the Fourth of July, sitting in the great outdoors is a favorite indulgence of many. As you take in the rays or create family moments, you’re probably sitting on some sort of chair. It could be plastic, wicker or wooden, but in order to maintain its appearance – you may want to get familiar with home remedies for lawn furniture.

Lawn Furniture Home Remedies

The tables and chairs that you use outside take a beating throughout the year. The elements can cause discoloration and the need for repair, including rain storms, the sun, and snowfall. When you need to clean or repair, the following home remedies for lawn furniture may help:

a) Matches [1]:

To stop the fraying of patio chair webbing, strike a match and quickly run the flame across the frayed edges. Apply just enough heat to allow the material to slightly melt. Globs should form along the edge.

b) Car Wax:

To brighten up aluminum furniture, wash with a vinegar solution made out of four tablespoons of vinegar mixed on one gallon of water. To prevent pitting in the future, coat the furniture with a thin layer of car wax.

c) Steel Wool:

Use the soapy steel wool pads used for pots (like S.O.S.) to remove tiny pits and rust spots found on your aluminum patio furniture. Rinse off the furniture to remove the residue of the steel wool.

d) Baking Soda:

You can’t use harsh commercial cleaners on resin lawn furniture without the risk of causing damage, but a wet sponge dipped in baking soda will do the trick. Use a circular motion when wiping down the furniture, and then rinse well.

e) Bleach:

Revamp dingy plastic lawn furniture by washing it with a mixture of mild detergent mixed with ½ cup of bleach and one gallon of water. Rinse it clean, and then air dry.

f) Vinegar, Ammonia and Baking Soda:

Patio furniture covered in mildew by sponging off with a solution made out of one cup ammonia, ½ cup white vinegar, and ¼ cup baking soda mixed in one gallon of water. Use an old toothbrush to work the remedy into the corners and tight spaces of wooden patio furniture.

g) Vinegar and Dish Detergent:

A solution made out of two tablespoons of liquid dish soap and two cups of white vinegar can be used to stop mildew growth and add a nice scent to outdoor plastic mesh furniture. Add the solution to a bucket of hot water and use a soft brush to treat items. Rinse the furniture in cold water and let the pieces dry in the sun.

h) WD-40:

Add color and shine back to faded plastic patio furniture by spraying with WD-40 directly on the surfaces. Wipe the pieces down with a clean, dry cloth.

i) Duct Tape [2]:

The webbing on lawn chairs can weaken over time, but you can repair with colored duct tape. Cut the tape into strips that are twice as long as you need. Double the tape and place the sticky sides together so that you have the backing facing out on both sides. Then, use the screw already on the chair to attach it in place. When you have suffered a rip in your outdoor furniture cushions, repair the tears with a piece of duct tape that closely matches the style. This remedy should last you for a couple more seasons.

j) Salt Water:

To prevent new wicker furniture from yellowing in the sun, rub it down with a rag soaked in salt water [3].

k) Ammonia:

After vacuuming excess dirt from white wicker deck furniture, cover the piece with a mixture of three tablespoons of ammonia and one gallon of warm water. Scrub the furniture down with a brush to get in between the fibers, and then place it in a shady spot to dry.

l) Put in the Garage:

Store wicker lawn furniture inside when the first freeze arrives to prevent the material from cracking and splitting.

m) Plastic Bags:

To protect outdoor furniture from bad weather, cover tables and chairs with large plastic bags.

n) Garden Hose:

If you have squeaky wicker patio furniture, this could be a sign that the material is too dry. Spray the wicker with a hose (after removing the cushions) and the moisture will help calm the noise.

o) Swimming Pool:

A truly lazy way to clean your plastic lawn furniture works only if you are the owner of a swimming pool. Toss the furniture in the pool before going to bed, and in the morning – they will have an improved appearance. The pool’s filter will remove any dirt.


[1] Five Minute Fixes by Reader’s Digest; pg. 213.
[2] Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things by Reader’s Digest; pg. 156.
[3] Who Knew? Almanac by Bruce Lubin & Jeanne Bossolina-Lubin ; pg. 513.