It always seems to me like it takes just as much time to prepare my outdoor furniture for the spring as it does to prep it for winter storage. Whether you leave it out over the winter or place it in storage, it collects all kinds of dust, dirt, and debris. I was tired of it taking so long to clean up my patio furniture before I could use it and I knew there had to be a better way. I wondered how to clean your outdoor patio furniture with a pressure washer in a way that was fast but safe for the furniture.
I found that there is a right way to pressure wash your furniture along with a few other helpful hints for preparing your patio furniture for the season.
Depending on your region and how often you use your patio furniture, you may have a few more questions on maintenance and upkeep throughout the season.
The idea of buying a machine that you have never used before may be daunting, but when you read the benefits of cleaning your patio furniture, you will want to run out and get one right now.
You are going to wash the furniture at the beginning of the season; but how often after that? Since pressure cleaning is so easy, you could do it every day, but that is tedious. Depending on the condition of your yard, you will want to clean the furniture if there is a lot of dust kicked up by a storm.
Mowing the lawn can be especially brutal on patio furniture so plan to spray down your furniture after every mow. Of course, you are going to want to make things easier on your future self by washing the furniture one more time before storing it.
It is important only to wash your furniture when you need to because you don’t want to overdo it. Repetitive pressure washing can saturate the wood or remove the finish leaving it susceptible to the elements.
One of the greatest benefits of using a pressure washer is that it takes a fraction of the time and is a lot easier on you. Instead of having to be down on your knees on hard surfaces scrubbing for long periods you will be standing and letting the pressure washer do all the work. The process also keeps you a lot cleaner, so you don’t have to worry about cleaning up afterward.
As far as time goes, depending on the size and amount of dirt on the patio piece, it shouldn’t take more than five minutes per piece wash away the grime. You’d probably be done washing your furniture in the time it would take to collect all of the tools for the traditional sponge and soap washing.
If time is an important factor, remember that it will take some time for the furniture to air dry so if you are hosting a party it is better to clean the furniture a day or two ahead of time.
Just like any piece of heavy machinery, there are a few things you should do to ensure the safety of you and the people and objects around you.
All furniture is pressure washable to a degree, but some fair better than others. Wicker and plastic can be washed all day long with no issue. Metal furniture responds great to pressure washing but needs to be wiped down afterward to prevent rust.
As mentioned above, you can pressure wash wood, but there are some precautions you want to take. Remember that the softer the wood is, the more likely pressure can scratch or damage it, so you want to use the lowest pressure setting possible for softwoods.
Don’t forget that pressure washers are used to remove paint from items so if your finish is cracking and peeling it is a strong possibility that pressure washing your furniture will also strip it. It sucks if you aren’t looking to refinish, but it is a great benefit if you are.
There are a lot of factors involved in this decision, and depending on your budget and the region in which you live the answers can vary greatly. The standard for outdoor furniture is a good hardwood like cedar or oak. If you have a little room in your budget, a more expensive wood like teak is the way to go.
Options like plastic, plywood, and wicker are also viable, but they will not last as long as wood. However, these options are easier to clean, store, and move which make them a better option for households that don’t have the room to keep them out year-round.
In almost every situation the answer is yes. Most sprayers come with multiple nozzles that make it easy to adjust between different jobs. Be aware that cleaning your exterior comes with unique challenges like working around glass windows and fixtures, and reaching the top of your home.
Unless you are planning on using your pressure washer in an industrial setting the answer is electric. Electric washers are better for the environment, easier on your ears, and safer to use than the gas alternatives. Gas pressure washers are also much more expensive than their electric counterparts both up front and in operating costs.
Reading about pressure washers can be confusing because there are a lot of acronyms used to describe their functions. Knowing what they mean makes it easy to understand what you are reading and choose the best washer for you.