Furniture covers are designed with a specific purpose; they keep your units protected and clean, mostly during winter months. However, occasionally, they require maintenance if you want to keep them in great shape.
Let’s say that cleaning plastic furniture covers isn’t a favorite job of many homeowners since it can be challenging to handle everything at once, especially if you have many units resting outside. But there are a couple of tricks you could employ to facilitate this experience, and we are going to show you how.
Keep the covers on furniture
This should be your first step, since cleaning the covers is much easier when they are on the furniture. You should do this before removing them for the season or an event. Some people tend to remove the covers and then do the cleaning, but it’s more challenging to cover all the angles and edges.
Therefore, keep the covers on and then start with the cleaning.
Since they are exposed to weather elements and dust, covers tend to easily catch a lot of dirt and stain. So, instead of buying commercial cleaning solutions, you can make your own using bleach and dish soap. Mix one cup of bleach and ½ cup of dish soap into one gallon of water. Pour the solution into a spray bottle and then spray the affected area.
You should wait a couple of minutes for the solution to start working before you rinse it off with clean water. Make sure to allow them to dry thoroughly. Also, use this solution on plastic covers only because bleach can damage weaker materials or fabric.
When it comes to general cleaning, it’s more time consuming than spot treatment. In this case, you will require lukewarm water and mild detergent. You will also need a scrub brush or an old piece of towel to apply the cleaning solution to the covers. Scrub repeatedly until you remove all the dirt or as much as it seems necessary.
Once you are done with the cleaning, rinse it with cleaning water. You can use a garden hose for this purpose.
Dry thoroughly and fold
Before your fold, your furniture covers, make sure they are completely dried. If you store them while they are wet, they will mold and quickly deteriorate while in storage, causing you a more severe cleaning problem.
How to clean nylon covers?
Nylon covers aren’t commonly found in the household due to its price. However, nylon is one of the most durable synthetic textile materials on the market. For example, a nylon rope can last you for a decade. If you decide to get nylon covers, the good news is that you can clean them in the washing machine. Just make sure to wash them alone.
Use non-chlorine bleach and cold water. Also, you can use laundry detergent as well.
How to clean polyester covers?
Polyester has gained a lot of popularity in the last decade, and it’s currently the most popular material for the furniture covers. It’s water-resistant, tough, and rot-resistant. Compared to other materials, this one combines great price and durability, which is ideal for the majority of households. Since most of the polyester covers are coated, they aren’t suitable for machine washing. Therefore, you will need to use a brush and mild soap to scrub all the dirt. Alternatively, you could apply non-chlorine bleach if they don’t have a coating. You may affect the coating in the cleaning process, but consider the price, these patio covers can be easily replaced.