How to Clean Resin Patio Furniture

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What makes resin such a great material for patio furniture? The technical answer is that it's a nonvolatile substance resulting from simple-molecular polymerization. The practical answer is that it's inexpensive, durable and easy to clean. Here are some tips to keep your resin patio furniture looking fresh and new.

  • Rub auto paste wax on new resin furniture to keep off dust and dirt. When necessary, wash your furniture with a hose, rub down with soapy water and rinse. As an alternative, hose down, apply a paste of baking soda and water and rinse.

  • For dirtier furniture, rub on a mixture of water, bleach and detergent (about a gallon of warm water, a cup of bleach and a few good squeezes of dishwashing soap). Let sit at least 10 minutes, and rinse off. Reapply as necessary. For scuff marks, rub on a paste of water and powdered cleanser such as Ajax. Let it sit, then rinse well.

  • If you want an environmentally sound solution for removing stains, try a gentle product such as Simple Wash (see Resources below). Just as you would with bleach or cleanser, apply this with a sponge or cloth, let it sit and rinse off.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you like wicker outdoors, try woven resin furniture. It offers the look of rattan, but you can leave it outside year round without harm.
  • Do a test in an inconspicuous spot before you treat your resin furniture with bleach, cleanser or other commercial products. Use rubber gloves when applying these substances.

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