It is not a secret that getting the garden and the patio ready for spring is a lot of hard work. There is a long list of chores, from weeding to seeding and from scrubbing to raking. If you use white plastic patio furniture and it doesn’t look good anymore, don’t throw it away. I know that the first thought that comes into mind is to throw it away and buy another one but plastic oxidizes. It is the plastic’s version to rust. We know that it looks bad, but take this as a home project. The oxidation appeared as the result of exposure to air and sunlight, and the good news is that it can be removed. You only have to follow a few simple steps, repeat them every spring, and you will be able to use your plastic patio furniture for a long time.
If you want to learn how to clean oxidized white plastic and are up for the challenge, here are the easy steps that you need to follow.
1. Get some warm water in a recipient.
2. Clean the furniture using a microfiber cloth. Get rid of dirt, dust, and chalky residue. The patio furniture needs to be clean for the next step.
3. Sprinkle baking soda over the oxidized areas.
4. Dip a sponge in the warm water. Scrub the baking soda into the plastic. You probably know that baking soda is abrasive, which is why it is effective at cleaning the surface of the plastic. It also removes oxidation. It is a lot of hard work because you will have to continue scrubbing until all oxidation is removed, but it is worth it.
5. If you think that you are done with the scrubbing part, rinse the item using cold water. If the item is too large, bring a hose and use it to clean it. You need to remove the baking soda excess before you move to the next step.
6. Make a combination of one part bleach and four parts water. Put the solution in a spray bottle and coat the entire surface of the oxidized plastic. It is the step that ensures all oxidation is removed. In addition to this, it removes and prevents the formation of mold and mildew. Keep in mind that the bleach solution only works for white plastic. If you have a colored plastic patio and use a bleach solution, it will discolor it. For colored patio furniture, you can replace the bleach with vinegar.
7. Last but not least, you need to rinse the furniture one more time using cold water.
We know that there are numerous steps to follow, and they imply a lot of work, but you could use your patio furniture for many years. Don’t throw it away if you still love its design and how comfortable it is. You can refresh it every spring and enjoy it as soon as the warm weather comes. It will save you a lot of money.