Plastic chairs and tables are common in many gardens and terraces in France. They are cheap and very resistant to weather changes, and you can find them in different models and colors. Summer is coming, but how do you clean plastic garden furniture?
Cleaning this outdoor furniture isn’t difficult, although if it’s been sitting outside all year long uncovered (it’s good to stack and cover it so it lasts longer) it it is possible that there are stains or that they have lost their color. Cleaning should be done once a week, but as it is sometimes forgotten during the year, it is recommended to cover them with a plastic cover to protect them.
If the plastic furniture has not been maintained and is very dirty. For cleaning you will need
- A small plastic container
- A plastic bucket
- An anti-scratch scouring pad (one of those blue pads)
Cif-type cleaning product. This type of product is very versatile because it can be mixed with water to obtain a cleaning paste that removes the most stubborn dirt. We will save time and money
If you have the option of using a hose, it can be very useful for initial cleaning and final rinsing.
In the small plastic container, put a little Cif cleaner or powder and very little water. Use the blue scouring pad soaked in this mixture on the plastic table, chairs or furniture. You’ll see how it removes ground-in messes, even stubborn messes like bird droppings that tend to stick to the table.
First scrub the entire table with a scouring sponge and let the product act for at least five minutes; then rubbed again:
In the plastic bucket, prepare the water and the rags. Start by using a damp one and wiping the area you rubbed before. Remove any remaining product. Dampen the cloth and wipe it. Drain it in water and wipe it again.
The water will come out very dirty, change the water and the rags.
If there are stubborn stains, leave some cleaning paste on the stain and wait. Then work with a spatula, being careful not to scratch the surface.
If the plastic has been exposed to sunlight and chemicals (like bird droppings which leave acid stains). These stains cannot be removed, you can try to camouflage them with fine grit sandpaper, but the shine will be lost. If they are on the seat or back, you can hide them with a cushion, otherwise you can paint them with a paint suitable for plastics.
If the furniture has been maintained throughout the year or has been covered, the accumulated dirt will be easier to clean.
You need the same as before, but the procedure will be faster.
- Cif or powder cleanser
- Anti-scratch scouring pad
- plastic container
- plastic bucket
- 1 or 2 rags.
The procedure is the same as for deep cleaning, except that the furniture will not have stuck-on residue or too many stains. We will therefore rub with the scouring pad impregnated with cleaning paste (or Cif) all over the furniture. If it is important, rub it over its entire surface, then rinse it in sections with the cloth soaked in water.
If you have a hose, rinse it one last time with water and let it dry.
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