How to clean white plastic chairs?
White plastic garden chairs and tables are still very popular for the balcony and patio at home.
Unfortunately white plastic can darken and yellow over time. So here are my top tips and tricks for cleaning and whitening white plastic lawn chairs.
1. Clean garden chairs with soapy water
It may seem obvious, but the first thing to do is to clean the lawn chairs with hot soapy water. It’s a quick and easy way to remove dirt and stains from white plastic chairs and other polypropylene garden furniture.
Regular cleaning to avoid stubborn stains!
But the most important thing to prevent white plastic from losing its shine and turning black over time is to clean your garden chairs frequently. I recommend that you clean them once a month or better twice a month. You will thus keep the beautiful white color of your garden furniture much longer.
2. Clean lawn chairs with baking soda
Often used for household chores, baking soda is a very practical natural stain remover to have around the house.
So here is how to clean polypropylene garden chairs and chairs:
- Mix baking soda with white vinegar and add water.
- Mix well and use a cloth to clean plastic chairs and furniture.
- Use a brush to remove stubborn stains (not too stiff so as not to damage the plastic)
- Rinse and dry your white chairs quickly with a cloth.
- Excellent cleaning agent for home and garden.
- Useful for cleaning and whitening white plastic.
- 100% natural and quality cleaning product.
For even more stubborn stains or to clean blackened plastic, you can replace the baking soda with borax or a mixture of the two products.
3. Shine white plastic with vinegar
Over time and weathering, white plastic loses its shine and becomes duller, especially for garden chairs. Hence the importance, as mentioned at the beginning of the article, of cleaning the chairs with soapy water regularly.
- Mix an equal amount of white vinegar with hot water.
- Use a cloth or sponge to clean the white plastic.
- Rinse with water and dry with a dry cloth to finish.
For a more stubborn, ingrained stain in the plastic, feel free to add baking soda to your water and vinegar mixture.
In addition to being able to restore the shine to your garden furniture, you can use this trick to clean your wooden deck naturally.
4. Use an oven cleaner
To clean a blackened white plastic it may be necessary to use a more powerful cleaning product than water and vinegar for example.
So for the VERY stubborn stains an oven cleaner can be useful to remove all these stains.
- Spray a little oven cleaner on your white lawn chairs.
- Leave on for 10 to 15 minutes and rinse thoroughly to remove everything.
- Quickly towel dry your chairs and repeat as needed.
Warning, on some garden chairs, this product could damage the material. It is better to test the product on an inconspicuous part, above the table or below the garden chair for example to avoid damaging them.
Bleach is of course a powerful and effective cleaning product for whitening various surfaces and objects, including plastic chairs. But is it really environmental to use bleach to clean your garden furniture?? The question arises, no?
If you still choose to use bleach, then make sure that no drops of this product fall on the floor… It’s your responsibility!
- Pour a little bleach into a lot of water and scrub your white chairs (wear protective gloves).
- Rinse well, because the sun will yellow your chairs if there is still bleach left on the plastic.
It’s really very important to completely remove the bleach, because you risk turning your white chairs into yellow chairs, so be careful!
Replace bleach with a natural cleaning product!
But why not replace the bleach with another natural cleaning product? Here are some products that can be used to clean your white plastic chairs instead of bleach:
- lemon juice
- white vinegar
- Castile soap
- baking soda
6. Hydrogen peroxide for beautiful white chairs
To keep your plastic (and resin) garden chairs white, make a homemade mixture of water and hydrogen peroxide.
- Mix 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide with 10 cups of cold water.
- Then add 1/3 cup of lemon juice and mix well.
- Scrub and clean your garden chairs and table with a sponge or cloth.
Rinse to finish and your garden chairs will regain their beautiful white color. For very dirty and clogged chairs you can also add baking soda to your mixture for a deep cleaning.
7. Car wax and garden furniture
Did you know it was possible to use car wax on your plastic garden chairs and furniture? Indeed, to keep your garden chairs clean and shiny, you can wax them with a little car wax.
It’s a great trick to protect your PVC garden chairs from dirt, rain stains and even scratches.
It is important to let the chairs dry well once waxed so as not to stain your clothes. Do this trick when it’s warm and dry so the chairs dry quickly.
Do you have wicker garden furniture? This type of outdoor furniture is both light, resistant and oh so pretty on the terrace.
These garden chairs are very resistant!
Contrary to popular belief, wicker furniture is much easier to clean and maintain over time. Indeed, they are much more resistant than the famous white garden chairs that we see everywhere on the terraces in summer.
A simple soapy water with a sponge should be enough to clean this type of wicker garden furniture. For more stubborn stains you can use a cloth with clay stone.
9. Clean white plastic chairs with the Stone Clay
To remove encrusted stains on white chairs and other garden furniture, Stone Clay is very effective. Indeed, this natural cleanser is widely used and popular with environmentally conscious people.
A natural cleaner for home and garden!
Easy, apply a little clay stone on the surface and rub with a cloth or a soft-bristled brush to remove stains. Simply rinse and dry to finish cleaning.
This product is also very effective in removing yellow stains from plastic.
Clay-based silver stone
- Natural clay-based cleanser
- Ideal for cleaning everything around the house and garden.
- Cleans, protects and polishes surfaces including white plastic.