Stains on Your Outdoor Furniture? Here Are Some Tips

Even though your outdoor furniture is exposed to the elements, you want it to look great year-round. Stains are a common problem, and you need not replace the furniture or try to hide the stains. Here are some tips for removing the most common types of stains on outdoor furniture.

Chlorine

If you have a swimming pool or Jacuzzi, chlorine is a product that you likely have on hand and use frequently. Unfortunately, chlorine can stain outdoor furniture through direct spills or from people sitting on the furniture with wet bathing suits. Stains from chlorine have a slightly yellow tint or may look like a lighter patch on your outdoor furniture.

The first step is to neutralize the chlorine with a mixture of one teaspoon of sodium thiosulfate and one quart of water. You want to just soak the stain. Do not rub it. Rinse with water, and apply a color remover product to the fabric using a sponge. Start in the center of the stain, and pull the sponge outwards. Finally, rinse with regular water.

Grease

Your outdoor furniture and grills rely on grease to keep the moving parts lubricated. If you find a grease stain on your patio furniture, don’t panic. The grease can be removed quite easily.

First, cover the grease with regular dish soap, and let it set for about five minutes. The soap breaks down the grease. Rinse the stain with warm water using a sponge and light, gentle strokes. You don’t want to rub the grease into the fabric. Follow this with a mixture of ammonia and water in equal parts.

Red Wine

Outdoor parties are a great way to mingle with friends and family, and sometimes that lovely red wine that you serve finds its way onto your patio furniture. Red wine stains can be removed with dish soap and water. Apply the solution directly to the stain with a soft brush. You want to move the brush in a circular motion, and then rinse with water along the way until the wine stain is removed.

Blood

Accidents happen, especially in your own backyard. For blood stains, use a solution of dish soap and water. The key to removing blood stains is to dab the area with a clean cloth rather than to scrub it. You can rinse with cold water as you go to see if the stain is removed.

With just a little work, you can remove these common stains from your outdoor furniture.