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How to Clean Plastic Lawn Chairs

by Chris Weiss

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Things You Need:

  • Liquid dish soap
  • Bucket
  • Hose
  • Sponge or cloth

When the weather turns warm, you'll want to entertain in your back yard with plastic lawn chairs. Unfortunately, your patio furniture is probably covered in dust and grime. Don't worry; with some soap and water and a little bit of time, your outdoor chairs can quickly be clean again. Read on for tips on cleaning your plastic lawn chairs.

Cleaning Plastic Lawn Chairs:

  1. Mix hot water and liquid dish soap together. Pour a gallon of water into a bucket and use three or four squirts of soap to create suds for scrubbing your plastic lounge chairs.

  2. Wipe down the plastic lawn chairs with a sponge or rag. Use a generous amount of your cleaning solution to soak the plastic outdoor chairs. You may need to scrub your plastic outdoor chairs for a few minutes if dirt and leaves are caked on.

  3. Allow the chairs to soak for 10 to 15 minutes if the dirt doesn't automatically come off. Letting the solution soak in will help to loosen dirt and stains on your plastic chairs.

  4. Rinse the chairs. Spray your plastic patio chairs off with a hose to rinse off the soap and remaining dirt. Use a nozzle or extra water pressure to ensure you've gotten your outdoor patio chairs clean.

  5. Repeat as needed if there is any remaining dirt or staining. Use a gentle brush, such as a soft toothbrush, to clean any hard-to-reach crevices on your outdoor chairs. A thick scrub brush can also remove dirt from the seats of your chairs, especially plastic chairs.

  6. Place the chairs upside down and allow them to dry. If you intend to use your plastic patio chairs right away, you can dry them with a clean towel. You can also use paper towels on smaller plastic patio chairs.

Tips from Overstock.com:

  1. Avoid using abrasives like steel wool, as these can quickly scratch up your plastic lounge chairs.

  2. Wash your patio chairs as needed and keep them inside or in a shed when not in use to prevent them from getting weathered and dirty. If you don't have room inside, throw a tarp or an old blanket over your patio chairs to keep them clean.

  3. To tackle deeper stains on your lawn chairs, add half a cup of bleach to the cleaning solution. Be sure to rinse your lawn chairs thoroughly so that the bleach does not affect the colors.

  4. Spray paints designed for plastic garden chairs can cover up stains that just won't come off. Be sure to paint your plastic garden chairs early so that they have time to dry and ventilate properly before guests arrive.

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