Prepping outdoor furniture for spring

It's time to prep that outdoor furniture for the onslaught of beautiful mild, sun drenched days ahead of us. Don't be daunted by the task of cleaning all those chairs, tables and cushions. Follow a few simple tips and use the proper cleaners and your outdoor space will be ready for entertaining friends and family in no time.
White plastic furniture
Create a solution using a mixture of 2-3 tablespoons of automatic dishwasher detergent and a gallon of warm water. Using a clean cloth, wipe down furniture and rinse cleaner off with a hose.
Wicker, teak and other wooden furniture
Use a stiff, short bristled brush and a solution of wood oil soap, like Murphy's and warm water. Gently brush debris and staining from furniture. Rinse thoroughly. Dry well so that the wood doesn't become compromised.
Outdoor cushions
Make solution of one teaspoon dishwashing detergent, one quart warm water and one tablespoon borax. Using a spray bottle, spray cushions thoroughly. Allow the solution to sit on the cushions for fifteen minutes and then rinse thoroughly with a strong hose stream. Stand cushion in direct sunlight to dry.
Wrought Iron Furniture
Using a solution of warm water and a few drops of dishwashing detergent, wipe furniture off with a damp cloth. Rinse with hose.

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