Thanks to its durability, ease of cleaning and maintenance as well as its versatility, plastic furniture are the most popular choice for outdoor use. However, it’s still necessary to properly care for plastic patio furniture if one wants to prolong the furniture’s life and effectiveness. Unfortunately, most homeowners tend to completely forget about their patio furniture during the colder months when there’s no use for the pieces. But, complete disregard for the furniture can definitely lead to damage. In order to avoid this, your Langhorne handyman recommends annual care and maintenance. Even though they are durable and have considerable resistance to climatic changes, they shouldn’t be exposed to all kinds of elements all year round.


How to care for plastic patio furniture

The best way to avoid plastic patio furniture cracking and breaking is, precisely, to avoid exposure to sudden climatic changes. For example, on sunny days, it’s best not to leave them outside. Store the furniture inside the shed or garage, or at least cover them with something opaque. On sunny days, the plastic furniture pieces expand naturally from the heat; but, they also contract quickly when the night comes, thus causing cracks and breaks on the surface.

Similarly, in the months when you don’t use the furniture, it’s best to keep them in an indoor environment (storage, garage, shed, basement, etc.). That way, they don’t have to suffer from weather and environmental abuse, such as rain, hail, snow or strong winds. On the other hand, an overly dry environment is not ideal for plastic furniture, either. In case you live in a dry climate, the best thing you can do to care for plastic patio furniture properly is to moisten the surface with a damp cloth or spray them with a hose once a month. Dryness in plastics also contributes to the furniture’s deterioration.

Cleaning is the last part of effective care for plastic patio furniture. The earth and the dust contribute to the dryness of the material. If you keep them clean and cover them, the furniture pieces will last a lot longer.


Tips for cleaning plastic furniture

You can use a sponge or brush with soapy water to clean plastic furniture. But, remember to rinse well with the hose in order to thoroughly clean the pieces. If you notice any stain, you can apply a sponge or cloth moistened with 90% alcohol.

It may seem convenient to use the cleaning and polishing products that are readily available on the market, but try to avoid those. Unfortunately, most of these products usually contain abrasive substances that can damage the surface of the furniture.

The white furniture usually gets a bit yellowish with time, but there’s no way to avoid it. The only thing you can do with this type of material, to prolong the furniture’s life, is to keep them in the shade or covered when you don’t use them.


Not sure how to deal with your patio furniture or need some professional help with the patio or furniture in general? Then don’t hesitate to get in touch with your local Langhorne handyman and ifixit. We are here to make your life better, easier and more convenient.

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