If you want to get the garden ready for spring, prepare for some hard work. It requires a lot of weeding, seeding, raking, and scrubbing. In case you have plastic patio furniture that doesn’t look good anymore because it oxidized over winter, you should try to clean it before you throw it away. It is not worth buying new patio furniture every spring. It leads to a waste of money. Oxidized plastic furniture looks bad, but the good news is that you can remove oxidation and get the furniture to look as good as new. How can you do this? We are happy to share a helpful guide that proves to be great for every garden owner who chose plastic furniture for the patio.
Before we share the guide, it is important to know more about how oxidation appears. It is nothing more but the plastic’s version of rust, and it appears after exposure to sunlight and air. The worst thing about it is that you can scrub it, but it doesn’t go away. So you need to be a bit more aggressive if you want to restore the plastic’s initial aspect. So, what can you do about it? Follow the steps below and see what you can do to save your patio furniture and use it for several years.
- Wash away any dirt. It is the first thing that you need to do if you want to obtain good results. Use soapy water and a sponge to scrub the furniture. Avoid scourers because they will scratch the plastic surface, and you can’t do anything to get rid of the scratches. Of course, these scratches will only make the furniture look worse. When you are done, rinse away the soapy water before you move on to the next step.
- Kill molds. You can’t effectively get rid of oxidation if there is mold everywhere, so the next step is to get rid of it. You can do this with a solution made of water and vinegar. One part vinegar and three parts water do wonder. Spray the solution on the furniture, leave it for 15-20 minutes and scrub the furniture with a cloth. Rinse the furniture when you are done.
- Sprinkle baking soda on the clean, wet furniture. Scrub it onto the furniture with a cloth, rinse, add more baking soda, scrub again, and rinse again. Repeat these steps until you can’t see oxidation marks anymore. Use some car paste wax once the furniture is perfectly clean and free of oxidation to close the surface and avoid new oxidation marks shortly.
We understand that the steps mentioned above imply a lot of work, but we guarantee that they are worth it. Repeat this process every spring, and you will enjoy good-looking plastic patio furniture for a long time. If you love its design, it is a pity to throw it away. You can refresh it and bring it back to life. It only requires some physical effort.