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How to Clean Your Patio Furniture

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A couple weeks ago, I shared with you how we took an afternoon to transform our deck into a much more functional and fun space! While it didn’t take long at all to transform the space into the colorful “living room” it is now, there was some prep work involved. Today, I thought I’d share some tips on how to clean your patio furniture because we used a new method this year that made it much faster!

how to clean patio furniture with no harsh chemicals


This is the kind of job that nobody in the family really wants to volunteer for. I mean, it’s dirty furniture that’s either been sitting outside all winter or holed up in a garage or shed that’s usually filled with bugs and spider webs. It’s not fun.

And while I can’t really make it fun for you, this tutorial for how to clean your patio furniture will make it go faster and get the job done without having to spend money on any cleaners! Not to mention that you won’t have to use those harsh chemicals!

HomeRight Steam Machine

HomeRight sent me this steam machine back in January and it quickly became my best friend. I’m not even joking. I clean the bathrooms with it, areas in the kitchen, my brother removed wallpaper, and I was pretty confident it would do a stand-up job on the patio furniture too! I wasn’t disappointed

How to Clean Your Patio Furniture



HomeRight Steam Machine

That’s it!! Honest!

Step 1:

Fill your Steam Machine with water using the funnel provided. Turn it on and wait for it to heat up. While you are waiting, you can line up your patio furniture in an assembly line to make your job go faster. Once the orange light goes off, your machine is ready to get to work.

How to Clean Patio Furniture

Step 2:

I started with the jet nozzle attachment to clean in all the corners and other hard to reach places. It worked great to clean out underneath the frame where it meets the glass.

how to Clean Patio Furniture with a steam machine

Step 3:

Using the squeegee attachment, I cleaned the glass top of the coffee table that goes with our patio set. I had to go over this maybe 2-3 times to get all the pollen off. This would also be great to use on a glass top dining table. While I had the squeegee attachment on, I also cleaned the outside of our French doors.

Cleaning Patio Furniture with a steam machine

Step 4:

I then used the brass brush attachment to get the frames and legs of all of our metal pieces of furniture. The bird droppings and caked on dirt (did somebody have these sitting in a mud pile??) came right off with this attachment.

 Cleaning Patio Furniture with Homeright Steam Machine

Step 5:

Finally, I flipped everything over and made sure to get the underside as well. There were some old spider nests and other things that were tucked up underneath in the corners that came right off with the jet nozzle attachment.

Cleaning Patio Furniture with no chemicals

Don’t forget, we started with this and were using no chemicals… just water!

Step 1 Cleaning Patio Furniture

And now we have nice, clean patio furniture with hardly any effort or expense!

using color to improve curb appeal

Be sure to check out the rest of our Deck Makeover and how I did that on a budget too! It has quickly become one of our favorite places to hang out where before it was literally a dumping ground for our renovation scraps and had one gorgeous herringbone table we made in the middle!! It’s definitely come a long way in the last year!

We’ve also been busy working on our lawn to up the curb appeal and get rid of all those weeds! This does not come naturally for us, so we’re glad we found a product that helps us stay ahead of it!

Grab your steam machine and get to work making your outdoor space family-friendly! Or if you’re still waiting for yours to arrive, PIN this post now so you can come back to it and remember which attachments to use!

How to clean patio furniture with no harsh chemicals using a steam machine