With the arrival of spring, many of us will soon be dusting off the outdoor patio furniture from storage and placing it on decks and patios.  You may be alarmed and surprised to see some powdery blotches on your precious pieces that you spent lots of money on last summer.  Chances are, this is mildew that has accumulated during the off-season months.

Mildew generally looks greyish-white or yellow in color and is probably the last thing you wanted to see on your outdoor furniture.  It is there because conditions for creating mildew are ideal for patio chairs and tables (hot humid weather and then a cool dry space during the off-season).  If left untreated, mildew can damage your furniture so you’ll want to take some steps to correct this problem.

The first tip that you should consider is that you should periodically wash your furniture at least twice during the patio season.  This either means hosing it down with a good garden hose or wiping  it down with soapy water.

For tougher stains you can apply the following technique:

  • Mix half a cup of white vinegar, with half a cup of Borax and 2-4 cups of hot water together (depending on the strength you want to apply).  Use a cleaning sponge to take this mixture and apply it to the mildew blotch.  Try to rub with the grain of the furniture so that you don’t damage it.  Once done, use a water solution or hose down the furniture so that it looks like new again.

With a little care and the proper steps your outdoor patio furniture will last you several wonderful years.

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