Proper Cleaning for Resin Patio Chairs

What You'll Need
Clean Cloth/Sponge
Dishwashing Detergent
Car Wax

Besides their aesthetic qualities, portability and affordability, resin patio chairs are an excellent option for those looking to spruce up their patios. In addition, resin patio chairs are easy to clean and with regular maintenance, they can last a few good years at least. The following steps will detail how to clean patio chairs.

Step 1 – About Resin Chairs

The elements can damage resin patio chairs, making them look far older than their years. The appropriate course of action to take would require covering patio furniture with a tarp, or moving it in a garage or a shed till the warmer, summer months. However, even periods of inactivity can leave marks and stains on resin furniture, necessitating the need for cleaning. Moisture and mold can also leave ugly marks on chairs, requiring cleaning.

Step 2 – Initial Preparation

Move the chairs to an appropriate outdoor location. Before the cleaning can begin, the chairs need to be properly wiped clean of all dust.

Step 3 – Homemade Cleaning Solution

There are various cleaning solutions that are available on the market, many of which are highly effective. However, an easier option is to make a solution at home. A gallon of warm water mixed with three full teaspoons of dishwashing detergent (liquid) makes an effective solution. It should be applied on the chairs with a clean rag or sponge, and thoroughly rubbed on it. The chairs then need to be allowed to sit for a quarter of an hour, after which they need to be rinsed clean with a garden hose. If a few stains still remain, more solution should be added and the above process repeated. When all stains are removed, a garden hose must be used again to rinse the chairs clean after which they need to be allowed to dry.

Step 4 – Preparing a Bleach Solution

A bleach solution made with regular, household bleach can also prove effective in cleaning resin chairs. One tablespoon of liquid detergent, along with less than a full cup of household bleach needs to be added and mixed in a gallon of warm water. The solution then needs to be applied to the chairs using a sponge or a soft-bristled brush. Each stain needs to be tackled individually, and then the chairs need to be allowed to sit to dry. If stubborn stains still remain, there are available spray paints that are designed specifically for resin or plastic surfaces. Those can be sprayed on the chairs for a new look.

Step 5 – Applying Car Wax

Another useful, and highly effective way to clean resin chairs is by car wax. An appropriate amount needs to be applied on the chairs, and then buffed so no residue remains.

A pressure washer, or even taking the chairs to a car wash for a professional washing is also helpful in the event that none of the methods mentioned above work. Some people have reported wide success with a mixture of vinegar and water which is used to scrub off the grime and dust from the chairs, washed with a pipe and let in the sun to dry.