How to Clean PVC Furniture

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Clean PVC Furniture
Clean PVC Furniture (Image: Jack Horst)

Cleaning PVC furniture can be challenging at times. Baked on sun screen, dirt mixed in with dried rain and food can really be hard to get off. PVC tends to slowly turn black as time goes on, even if you wipe it down all the time. Mildew stains the PVC when it's left outside in the rain and sun. There are ways to clean it, though. Depending on the amount of furniture and the detail of it, this project may take a little time, but it will be well worth it with nice white PVC furniture again.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden hose
  • Dish soap
  • Bleach
  • Scouring sponge
  • Bucket
  • Rubber gloves
  • Mr. Clean Magic Eraser
  • Zap restorer cleaner

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Mix one part dish soap to eight parts bleach in a bucket. Make sure to wear rubber gloves when using this cleaner. You may want to wear old clothes and sneakers in case the mixtures splashes out.

Use a scouring sponge and scrub the furniture. You may need an old toothbrush to get into tight or small areas of the furniture.

Rinse off with a garden hose. Check to see if there are any areas you missed and go back and scrub them off. Rinse again.

For furniture that's not too stained, try cleaning with a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. Just run it under some water, wipe the furniture with a little strength, and rinse.

For badly stained, older furniture, try Zap restorer. This product is made for grout, porcelain and fiberglass, but works great on PVC. You will not restore the shine of the furniture, however it does get it clean. Just spray it on, let it sit for 15 minutes, scrub with a scouring sponge and rinse. Do not mix with bleach or the fumes can make you very sick.

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