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Easy Steps to Clean Patio Furniture Mesh: A Simple Guide

Patio furniture mesh is a popular choice for outdoor seating because of its durability, breathability, and stylish appearance. However, like any outdoor furniture, mesh requires regular cleaning. Without some attention, mesh patio furniture will have a shorter lifespan. The material could also lose its attractive appearance quickly. ​

Patio Pro understands the importance of maintaining your patio furniture. Here are the three easiest steps to clean your patio furniture mesh so it remains a beautiful, functional part of your outdoor space.

Step 1: Gather Your Cleaning Supplies

Before you begin, gather all the necessary supplies. For this cleaning process, you’ll need:

  • A soft-bristle brush or sponge
  • Mild dish soap or a specialized patio furniture cleaner
  • A bucket of warm water
  • A hose with a spray nozzle
  • A soft towel or cloth for drying

Using mild cleaning solutions helps protect the integrity of the mesh material while removing dirt and grime.

If your patio furniture has any cushions, clean them as you’d clean a rug. You can find guidance at this Wirecutter post.

Step 2: Clean the Mesh

Now you can move on to cleaning the mesh.

1. Mix the Cleaning Solution

In your bucket, mix a small amount of mild dish soap with warm water. If you’re using a specialized patio furniture cleaner, follow the label’s instructions.

2. Brush Away Loose Dirt

Use a soft-bristle brush to gently remove any loose dirt, dust, or debris from the mesh surface. This step helps avoid working dirt deeper into the fabric while you clean it.

3. Apply the Cleaning Solution

Dip your brush or sponge into the soapy water and gently scrub the mesh. Be sure to cover the entire surface, but pay special attention to any stained or heavily soiled areas. Use a circular motion to lift dirt from the fibers without damaging the mesh.

4. Rinse Thoroughly

Once you’ve cleaned the mesh, use a hose with a spray nozzle to rinse off the soapy water. Ensure that all soap residue is removed. Leftover soap can attract dirt and cause the mesh to degrade over time. A few minutes with a spray nozzle will help prevent that.

Step 3: Dry the Furniture

Now that you’ve cleared your outdoor furniture, it’s time to dry it off.

1. Shake Off Excess Water

After rinsing, gently shake the furniture to remove excess water from the mesh. This helps speed up the drying process and prevents water spots.

2. Towel Dry

Use a soft towel or cloth to pat the mesh dry. If possible, place the furniture in a sunny spot to air dry completely. Proper drying is crucial to prevent mold and mildew growth, which can damage the mesh and create an unpleasant odor. You do not want to give mold or mildew any opportunities to grow on your furniture. They will ruin your investment.

3. Inspect for Stubborn Stains

If any stains remain after the initial cleaning, you can repeat the cleaning process or use a gentle stain remover suitable for mesh fabrics. Always test any new cleaning solution on a small, inconspicuous area first to ensure it doesn’t damage the material.

Maintaining Your Patio Furniture Mesh

Regular maintenance is key to keeping your patio furni​ture mesh looking new. Here are a few tips to help you maintain your furniture between cleanings:

Cover Your Furniture

When not in use, cover your patio furniture to protect it from the elements. This simple step can significantly reduce the buildup of dirt and debris, saving you a lot of time.​

Quick Wipe-Downs

Perform quick wipe-downs with a damp cloth at least once a week to prevent dirt from accumulating.

Store Properly During Off-Season

Storing your patio furniture away during the winter months or when it’s not in use for an extended period of time is a great practice when trying to preserve the life of your furniture. A clean and organized garage or shed serves as an optimal storage space. 

Enjoy Your Clean Patio Furniture​

Keeping your patio furniture mesh clean can be an easily doable task.By practicing these steps provided, you can be sure your outdoor seating remains attractive and comfortable for years to come. Regular cleaning and maintenance will not only enhance the appearance of your furniture but also extend its lifespan, making it a worthwhile investment.

Remember that the best way to approach your patio furniture maintenance is one step at a time. If the list se​ems like a lot, take it day by day, job by job. Your diligence now will pay off in spades, ensuring your outdoor living space is a source of joy throughout the coming seasons.Looking for the perfect accessories to complement your clean and inviting patio? Contact Patio Pro online or by calling (919) 789-8444. You can also visit our location in Raleigh, NC! We offer a wide selection of seasonal and weather-resistant furniture to help you create the perfect patio for any season.

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