How to Clean Your Garden Furniture

With the arrival of warmer weather, many of us look forward to spending more time outdoors. However, after a long winter, your garden furniture may be looking a little worse for wear. Dirt, grime and exposure to the elements can take a toll on even the most durable pieces, leading to premature deterioration that affects both its appearance and longevity.

Whether you have wood, metal, plastic or fabric pieces, each material requires specific cleaning techniques to ensure proper care and preservation. Here are our tips for keeping your garden furniture in the best condition.


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Before diving into the cleaning process, you need to gather all the necessary cleaning supplies and prepare your garden furniture for cleaning.

First, you’ll need a mild detergent or soap specifically designed for the type of material you’re cleaning. Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasives, as they can damage the surfaces of your furniture.

You’ll also need a soft-bristled brush or sponge for scrubbing. These tools will help loosen and remove stubborn dirt and grime without scratching or damaging the furniture. Access to a hose or buckets of clean water will also be needed for rinsing. 

Before you start cleaning, take the time to remove any loose debris, cushions or removable parts from the furniture. This will make it easier to access and clean all surfaces thoroughly.


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Wood furniture, particularly teak, is a popular choice for outdoor spaces due to its natural beauty and durability. However, over time, exposure to the elements without treatment can cause teak to develop a natural soft silver-grey patina.

If you love this look then great, just a gentle wipe with wood cleaner will get your teak ready for another season outdoors. But if you prefer teak’s like-new rich, honey tones then proper cleaning and maintenance are recommended twice a year.

Start by preparing a mild cleaning solution using warm water and a small amount of mild soap or wood-specific cleaner – Suns Lifestyle Shine Wood Cleaner is designed specifically for efficient cleaning. Avoid using harsh detergents or bleach, as these can damage the wood’s natural oils and cause discolouration. 

With a soft-bristled brush, gently scrub the teak surfaces, paying extra attention to any areas with stubborn dirt or grime build-up. Avoid pressure-washing teak as this will open up the wood and lead to cracking, which allows mould to develop within the wood.

After cleaning, it’s important to apply a thin layer of Suns Lifestyle Shine Wood Protector to help replenish the natural oils and protect the wood from future weathering, fading and algae.

With proper care, your teak furniture can last for decades, providing both beauty and durability to your outdoor living space.

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Metal pieces, such as wrought iron, coated aluminium or steel, can be susceptible to rust, corrosion and discolouration if they’re not properly maintained or powder-coated, like Suns Lifestyle aluminium furniture and pergolas.

Begin by inspecting your furniture for any areas of rust or corrosion – these spots need to be addressed first to prevent further spread. Use a brush to remove any loose, flaky rust. 

Once the rust has been removed, it’s time to clean. Mix a solution of warm water and a mild detergent or degreaser and using a soft-bristled brush or sponge, scrub the solution onto the metal surfaces, paying extra attention to crevices and hard-to-reach areas where dirt and grime can accumulate.

Rinse the furniture thoroughly with clean water to remove all traces of the cleaning solution. But be sure to dry the surfaces completely with a clean cloth or towel to prevent water spots or further corrosion.

For an extra layer of protection, consider applying a metal polish or protectant once the furniture is dry. These products can help repel moisture, prevent future rust and corrosion, and even restore the shine and lustre of the metal.


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Our outdoor textiles are made with water-repellent fabric and are UV-resistant and fade-proof but cleaning them will keep them looking their best all year long. 

If the covers are not removable, spot clean them as needed using a soft-bristled brush and upholstery cleaner. For heavy-set stains, use a cleaner specifically designed for outdoor textiles and a scrubbing brush, or use a round brush head attachment for drills which will make the process easier. Pressure washers on the lowest setting can be used as a last resort, providing you don’t get too close to the fabric seams. 

After cleaning, it’s crucial to ensure the cushions and pillows are completely dry before reassembling or using them. Residual moisture can lead to mildew growth and unpleasant odours. The quick-dry foam inside Suns Lifestyle outdoor furniture makes cleaning easier, enhancing circulation of air so your cushions can be left outdoors year-round. 

Apply a fabric protector to replace any protection that’s been wiped off during the cleaning process. Our furniture covers can also be used to keep your furniture dry during wetter seasons.

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Plastic and resin furniture is a popular choice for outdoor spaces due to its low maintenance and weather-resistant properties. Fortunately, cleaning plastic and resin furniture is a straightforward process that can restore their vibrant colours and sleek appearance.

For a basic cleaning, mix a solution of warm water and a mild dish soap or all-purpose cleaner. Avoid using abrasive cleaners or solvents, as these can potentially damage or discolour the material.

Using a soft sponge or cloth, gently scrub the cleaning solution onto the furniture, paying extra attention to any areas with stubborn stains or built-up grime. Rinse the furniture thoroughly with clean water to remove all traces of the cleaning solution.

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At Suns Lifestyle, we take pride in carefully choosing materials that are designed to withstand the elements, from powder-coated aluminium for added durability and colourfast rope, to our innovative Sunproof fabrics and Textilene weatherproof pergola screens that are easy to clean. Contact us for more information about caring for your outdoor furniture.