With memorial weekend approaching, E.E. Ward Moving & Storage Co. will be giving you tips and ideas throughout the week to help enhance your Memorial Day experience with great suggestions that are also cost effective.
Memorial day is a holiday that is often associated with family gatherings and cookouts, therefore, it seems only fitting that we work from outside in. With that being said, the first topic of the week is about how to clean and restore back yard chairs.
Plastic is very low maintenance, cleaning can be preformed simply with soap infused water and then rinsed off with a hose. Once clean and dried off they can be restored by applying a few coats of spray paint specifically made for plastic.
Metal and Iron
When dealing with rust or scratches, you should handle the worst spots by using sand paper to sand them down. Use a damp cloth to wipe it off and then apply a rust preventative spray primer. After that select a recommended spray paint, your choice of color and just follow directions as instructed on the label.
Wash with a cleaner that is non-rinse cleaner. Next remove any mold with oxygen based cleaner. Then scrape off loose paint and sand the whole chair. Finally vacuum to get rid of all the dust.
Use a short brush dipped in a soap solution working from top to bottom in order to clean off and brush away dirt. Next you need to rinse the chair with water and then pat it until it’s damp and finally let it air dry. Be careful not to move it as this may loosen the chair up. Once dry there are multiple ways to finish these chairs, although spray paint works the best.
Wicker needs to have dirt cleaned out of it just as rattan. You can get the bad parts by using the garden hose and clean the rest with a soft soapy brush. Let dry thoroughly, and push back any damaged areas and re-glue. Just as with rattan, spray paint usually works the best when finishing these chairs as well.