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How to Keep Outdoor Furniture and Accessories Clean

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There's nothing quite like snuggling up outside on a comfy lounge chair to enjoy the warm weather. It's the best way to get in a good nap while also potentially working on your tan all at once. However, outdoor furniture is bound to get a little dirty, since it's constantly battling the elements. Even if you don't live in a climate that gets a lot of rain, there could still be mold and mildew that develops as a result of humidity and morning dew. Here's how to keep your furniture clean so you can cozy up on a plush lounge chair whenever you want.

Scrub your outdoor pillows to keep them clean.Scrub your outdoor pillows to keep them clean.

Dust Off the Dirt
The first step to cleaning outdoor equipment is brushing off the dirt that builds up on pillows and cushions. No matter how hard you try to keep your upholstery safe from the outdoor elements, the wind can kick up dirt from the ground, which will then settle all over your furniture. Use a bristled brush or even an old toothbrush to wipe away the grime that gets trapped in the fibers. 

Wash Pillows With Soap and Water
Cleanup doesn't have to take too much time and effort. Sometimes, all you need is a little mild detergent and water to get rid of the dirt and grime on your cushions. Wipe them down with a damp cloth and keep them out in the sun to dry completely. Beware, though - if they're not completely dry, they could cause more damage than good. It could create the perfect environment for mold, which totally negates all of the work you put into cleaning in the first place.

"Use the lowest pressure setting on your hose."

Hose it Down
Most outdoor furniture can stand the water and pressure of a hose. After all, it's theoretically made to hold up in the volatile nature of the outdoors. When it comes to plastic or wicker furniture, spray it down periodically using the lowest pressure setting on your hose. This will remove any particles that get stuck in the fibers and clear it out using minimal effort on your part.

Get Rid of Mold
If mold eventually starts to form on a surface, be sure to protect yourself before attempting to remove it. Wear a face mask and gloves so you don't inhale the spores or transfer them to your eyes or nose. Scrub it away with a rough brush or sand paper and clean with soap and water.