Prepare Outdoor Furniture for Spring

by Debbie Correale

iStock_000019211231SmallI’m not too sure about that old saying, “March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb” but there are signs of spring around.  I see crocuses beginning to sprout and forsythia about to bloom, signs of the start!  Hallelujah!  If you could see me now, I would be doing my happy spring dance!  With spring in mind, it’s time to start preparing for warmer weather and get our outdoor furniture ready.  For this blog post, I would like to focus on pre-spring clean up ideas to get ready for warm weather.

Time to get the lawn furniture out of storage!  Clean and inspect the condition of all cushions and pillows.  Here are some tips from based on the type of items that you own the best way to clean them:

  • Wicker Furniture:  Use a soft scrub brush dampened with water and a mild oil-based soap, such as Murphy Oil Soap. Rinse by hosing down.
  • Wrought-Iron Furniture:  Wipe with a clean cloth dampened with a mixture of water and a mild dish washing detergent, such as Ivory. Rinse by hosing down.
  • Teak Furniture:  Use a soft scrub brush dampened with water and a mild oil-based soap, such as Murphy Oil Soap. Rinse by hosing down.

To clean the patio furniture cushions and any canvas items that you have click here and follow these instructions from

Inspect your doorway and windows and remove all the cobwebs, etc.  Click here for instructions on how to clean your windows without streaks!  Sweep the cobwebs from your front porch and add some spring like feel to your entry by adding a lovely wreath!  Be sure to use a wreath that you can see from the road, perhaps incorporating the look of one of your favorite flowers?  Go to your local craft store and be inspired!

If the cushion material in your furniture is faded or beyond cleaning it may be time to consider replacing the fabric.  You will want to select a fabric that is sun-resistant; go to your local fabric store and check out the many fun patterns that are available.  Click here for how-to instructions on an easy method to replace old cushion covers.  Or if you want a new look, replace the throw pillows.  Check out the many options available at your local home stores such as

It is too early for most outdoor flowers here on the east-coast except the hardy sweet-faced Pansy.  Bring a bit of happy spring time to your deck, porch, or entryway with a pot of beautiful colored pansies.

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Debbie Correale is founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at Find her on, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz and .

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