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How to prepare outdoor furniture for the summer season: budget cleaning hacks

Alina MilsentLifestyle
Garden furniture. Source: Created with the help of AI

It's time to prepare your garden furniture for summer. What better way to spend a new morning in the garden, admiring nature and birdsong. However, the first step is to check the condition of the outdoor furniture as during the long winter period, it could have accumulated a lot of dirt and even rust.

Garden furniture quickly becomes dirty and less attractive due to regular exposure to bad weather. Experts told us about the most effective eco-friendly products that can help clean surfaces from dirt and rust.

Life hack 1

The acid contained in lemons has a unique disinfectant power. Lemon can clean surfaces from dirt and fill the garden with a wonderful citrus scent.

Mold and mildew can quickly appear on garden furniture, so using lemon juice will be a very effective solution. Simply mix lemon juice with salt and clean the affected areas with a brush or sponge. Afterward, hose down the furniture to rinse off any sticky residue or salt particles.

Life hack 2

It's no secret that cleaning with baking soda can give impressive results. Baking soda is often used to clean kitchen surfaces. It turns out that outdoor furniture can also benefit from this abrasive.

"Baking soda is very effective for fighting mold and dirt on outdoor furniture," British expert Andy Ellis explained. Mix the baking soda with water and wipe the contaminated areas with the solution using a sponge.

Life hack 3

Vinegar is another kitchen ingredient that will come in handy. Not only does this powerful tool quickly remove stubborn dirt, but it is also a natural antibacterial agent, so it is great for cleaning outdoor furniture.

Vinegar is suitable for disinfecting wooden surfaces. Dilute it with water in a 1:1 ratio and use a soft sponge to gently rub the mixture on dirty surfaces.

Life hack 4

You may already know many ways to use coffee grounds as a garden fertilizer. Experts say that coffee is also useful in the cleaning process.

Since coffee is abrasive, it is great for removing furniture deposits and acts as a kind of exfoliator.

"You can minimize the appearance of scratches on wooden furniture by mixing coffee with warm water and wiping the affected areas," Ellis suggested.

Life hack 5

Wooden furniture can become dull from wear and tear, but olive oil can help. Take a little olive oil mixed with vinegar and you'll get the perfect wood polish.

"Rub a soft cloth with olive oil and polish the furniture with it to add shine and reduce cracking," the expert suggested.

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