Exploring Furniture Design

Hello, I'm Nancy Gopher. Welcome to my site about furniture design and creation. I am crazy about making my own furniture. The furniture creation process always starts with a vision of the perfect design. I instantly jot the idea down on paper and tuck it into my wallet for later use. Upon returning home, I begin planning the materials and tools needed for the project. The materials range from wood and metal to plastic and fabric. I create my own chairs, tables, footrests, bookcases and bed frames. I will use this site to teach others how furniture products are made by hand. I will also explore all of the different furniture designs available on the market today. I hope that you will be intrigued by this subject and visit my site on a daily basis.

How To Clean Your Outdoor Furniture


Outdoor furniture looks great in the store, all pristine and new. When you get it home however, and leave it outside all season long, it can get pretty filthy. Between rain, air-borne dust and everyday use, your furniture will build up with dirt and stains that can be difficult to remove. Your furniture needs to be cleaned differently depending on the material of your furniture. See below for tips on how to clean your outdoor patio furniture to keep it looking like new.


Clean your plastic furniture with a mixture of a gallon of hot water, 2 cups of white vinegar and 3 tbsp. dish washing detergent. Hose off your furniture to get rid of the majority of dirt that has built up, and then using a rag soaked in the cleaning mixture wipe down your chairs. You can use a small brush to get into the smaller areas. Be sure to wash the underside and backside, as well as the front. Rinse your furniture completely, then allow it to dry. You can also spray your plastic furniture with a lubricant to keep it from looking dull.


To clean your vinyl furniture, you'll need a stronger cleaning regimen. Look for an all-purpose outdoor cleaning spray, along with a fine scrubbing/cleaning eraser. You'll also need rags and a hose. Spray your vinyl furniture down with a hose to remove loose dirt, then spray it down with the outdoor cleaning spray. Wipe your furniture down with a rag to get rid of as much dirt as you can. Use the fine scrubbing cleaning eraser to help remove harsher stains from your vinyl. 

Wicker And Teak 

Clean your wicker and teak furniture with a soft scrub brush and a mild oil-based soap. Hose your furniture down to remove dirt, then scrub your wicker or teak with the soft brush and soap. Rinse your furniture completely to remove all of the soap. 

Patio Cushions

Cleaning your patio cushions is important as well. You can use a combination of 1 tsp. borax and 1 tsp. dish washing detergent, combine them into a spray bottle and fill the rest of the bottle with water. Remove any and all debris such as leaves from your cushions. Then spray your cushions down with the mixture and use a scrub brush to remove tough stains. Hose down your cushions and allow them to dry in the sun.

Cleaning your patio furniture often will help keep your furniture looking its best for years to come. (For more information on patio furniture, contact Elegant Outdoor Living or another company)


7 April 2015