While stored away, your patio furniture has likely accumulated dirt and dust, whether kept indoors or out in the garage. Depending on the type of outdoor furniture, the cleaning process slightly differs. For all-weather wicker, gently wipe down the exterior using warm water and soap, rinsing off with a hose afterward. Dry any excess water with a towel and allow the sun to do the rest. Cleaning teak wood is similar to all-weather wicker — use warm water and soap to wipe away grime build-up, hose it off, and allow it to dry. Avoid using a power washer on teak, as this could damage the natural wood, and consider using a little bleach in your detergent mixture if mold is present. For surfaces that have gotten too rough for comfort, 220-grit sandpaper can smooth it out, going toward the grain.
Patio furniture comprised of metal — like aluminum and steel — is just as easy to clean. Wash the frames using water and soap, and you’ll have it looking good as new. When it comes to cushions, the simplest way is to remove cushion covers and throw them in the wash, allowing them to air dry after the cleaning cycle. If your cushions don’t feature removable covers, begin by vacuuming all the dirt and using a sponge lightly dampened with soap and water to start washing. Rinse them with the hose to remove any suds and allow them to dry in the sun. You could also consider using a steamer if desired.