The Best Way to Clean Outdoor Lounge Chairs With White Straps

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Things You'll Need

  • 1 tbsp. liquid dish soap

  • 3-gallon plastic bucket

  • Nylon scrub brush

  • Garden hose

  • Nonabrasive sponge

  • Baking soda

Clean lounge chairs complement home exteriors.

Outdoor lounge chairs allow for relaxation on porches, decks and patios. Homeowners also use lounge chairs around pools for sunbathing and entertaining with friends. Since lounge chairs are so versatile, keeping them clean is essential for aesthetic and sanitary reasons. The white, vinyl straps on plastic and molded-resin lounge chairs become oily and grimy from suntan lotions, dirt stains and dust. Bacteria feed on this oily grime, making the chairs unappealing to lounge on. Cleaning plastic and molded-resin outdoor lounge chairs with soap and mild abrasives is highly effective.


Step 1

Set the lounge chair on a driveway, porch or patio away from vegetation. Runoff from cleaning solutions can kill grass and other vegetation.

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Step 2

Pour 1 tbsp. of liquid dish soap into an empty 3-gallon plastic bucket. Fill the plastic bucket halfway with water to form soapsuds.

Step 3

Dip a nylon scrub brush in the sudsy water. Rub the sudsy scrub brush over the whole chair, working from the top downward. Use a garden hose to rinse the brush's bristles with water as they become grimy.

Step 4

Rinse the whole lounge chair with the garden hose.


Step 5

Examine the chair's white straps for stuck-on grime and stains. If stubborn gunk lingers, refill the plastic bucket with clean warm water.

Step 6

Dip a nonabrasive sponge in the warm water. Squeeze the sponge to drain out excess water. Sprinkle baking soda liberally onto the damp sponge.


Step 7

Rub the baking soda-covered sponge over the chair's straps to dislodge the stuck-on grime and stains. Frequently submerge the sponge in the water to rinse out accumulated grime. Add fresh baking soda to the sponge after rinsing.

Step 8

Rinse the whole lounge chair with the garden hose. Let the chair air-dry in the sun.


Substitute a mild commercial all-purpose cleaning spray for the dish soap solution.


Bleach, ammonia and harsh abrasives can strip off the straps’ ultraviolet protection.


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