How to Clean Cedar Furniture

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Homeowners often choose cedar furniture for its durable, rot-resistant qualities. Yet over time, your cedar furniture, particularly unstained pieces, can become soiled from dust, dirt and grime and stains that collect on its surface. The best practice is to clean it as you notice that the furniture becomes soiled. If you routinely clean the furniture, you will prolong its life and restore its original appearance.

Things You'll Need

  • Soft scrub brush
  • 1 quart water
  • Container
  • 1/4 cup ammonia
  • Bleach containing 5 percent hypochlorite
  • Water
  • Bucket
  • 2 tbsp. white vinegar
  • Garden hose attached to a water faucet

General Cleaning

  • Combine 1 quart of water, 1/4 cup of ammonia and 2 tbsp. of white vinegar in a container.

  • Dip a soft scrub brush into the cleaning mixture, and scrub the surfaces of the cedar furniture to remove dust, dirt and grime. Rinse the brush in clean water as it becomes soiled.

  • Rinse the furniture thoroughly with a water from a garden hose. Allow the furniture to dry in full sun.

Mildew Removal

  • Mix 1.5 gallons of water with 1 quart of bleach containing 5 percent sodium hypochlorite.

  • Dip a clean, soft-bristled scrub brush in the cleaning solution and scrub the mildewed areas of the wood.

  • Rinse thoroughly with water from a garden hose, and allow to dry in a sunny area.

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