How to clean white plastic chairs
Plastic chairs are a popular choice for outdoor seating because they are lightweight, inexpensive, and weather resistant. White plastic chairs, however, are particularly susceptible to signs of use, including dirt and discoloration, due to their light colour.
White plastic chairs are durable, practical and easy to clean. They are ideal for outdoor use as dining room chairs, around pools and other wet areas, or as seating on patios and patios.
We all love the look of a nice white lounger or plastic chaise lounge on the patio, pool or backyard. Unfortunately, like many things that give us pleasure, white plastic chairs tend to get dirty and lose their shine.
But don’t worry, with a little know-how and some common household products, you can restore your white plastic outdoor chairs to their former glory…
8 ways to clean white plastic chairs
Plastic chairs are great for those of us who enjoy being outdoors. They are lightweight, easy to move and do not rust. However, because they are white, any stain or speck will stand out. Keeping plastic chairs clean can be a challenge as dirt tends to adhere to the surface.
Here are 10 ways you can keep your chairs in top shape.
1. Use a nylon scrubbing brush with detergent
A nylon scrubbing brush with dish soap can loosen any dirt or grime adhering to the surface. After you have scrubbed the chair well, rinse it with water, dry it and it will be as good as new.
If you need to clean your seats spotlessly, use liquid dish soap mixed with water. Dish soap is effective at removing dirt and grease, making it ideal for cleaning plastic chairs that have been exposed to the elements over time.
Apply some dish soap to a soft cloth dampened with warm water and wipe down your seats for easy cleaning without harsh chemicals.
2. Use baking soda
Baking soda is great for removing stains from plastic surfaces, but you need to make a paste first.
Method 1: Mix equal amounts of baking soda and water until it reaches a thick consistency. Scrub the mixture into the seat with a sponge or soft cloth.
Method 2: Sprinkle baking soda over the surface of each chair and let it sit for five minutes. Scrub the seats with a soft brush dipped in warm water before rinsing off the residue with more warm water.
3. Use Bleach (Appropriately)
If you have stubborn stains that won’t come off with baking soda or dish soap, consider using bleach (but only if the seats can be bleached). Combine 1/2 cup of bleach for every gallon of water.
Remove Mildew With Bleach
If your white plastic chairs are stained with mold, use bleach to remove it safely and easily. Fill a spray bottle with undiluted bleach and spray it liberally over all areas of each chair, including both the seat and backrest. Leave the bleach on for 15 minutes before rinsing thoroughly with clean water
4. Try a Magic Eraser
Mr.’s Magic Eraser clean (Available from Amazon) is a cleaning product that removes stains from many surfaces, including white plastic chairs. It is water-based and contains no harsh chemicals or abrasives, so it is safe on all types of plastic surfaces.
You should test the product in a small area before using it on your entire chair, especially if the chair is a color other than white.
5. Use paint thinner
Use paint thinner on stubborn stains or marks on your white plastic chairs if other methods don’t work well enough for you. Apply paint thinner to an old cloth, then rub your chair to remove the stain or stain. After using paint thinner, rinse the chair and let it dry in the sun so that no residue from the paint thinner fumes remains.
6. Use olive oil or baby oil for stubborn stains
If you have stubborn stains on your white plastic chairs, try olive oil or baby oil to remove them successfully. Use an old cloth soaked in some oil and rub your chair to remove the stains. This works best for older stains that have been sitting for a while.
7. Clean with soap and water
This is the easiest method and may be all you need if the seats aren’t heavily stained or dirty. Mix some dish soap with warm water in a bucket. Dip a soft cloth into the solution and wring out most of the water. Wipe each seat with a damp cloth until all the dirt is removed.
Rinse the cloth often in clean water if it gets dirty. Wash off any remaining soap residue with clean water and dry with a towel.
8. Clean with vinegar
Vinegar can remove stubborn stains from white plastic chairs that don’t come off with soap and water alone. Fill a spray bottle with undiluted vinegar and spray liberally over the seats and backs of the chair.
Let the vinegar sit for about 15 minutes before scrubbing each seat with a brush dipped in warm water to remove any stains, mold, or mildew from the surface of the plastic. Afterwards, rinse the chairs well with cold water and then wipe them with clean cloths to dry them.
Use vinegar as a bleach
To whiten your white plastic chairs, use a solution of half vinegar and half warm water to clean them. Then rinse the seats thoroughly with cold water after cleaning. This will remove most stains and kill any bacteria on your plastic chairs.
Vinegar is also good for removing soap scum from your plastic furniture if you don’t like using harsh chemicals like bleach in your home.
In summary, cleaning outdoor furniture is mediocre work and can be done with the right tools.
Spray the seats liberally with a garden hose to remove dirt and debris from the surface. If you’re dealing with mold or mildew, set the water pressure too high so you can blow out any spores that might stick to the chair.
Fill a bucket with lukewarm water and add 1 tablespoon of mild dish soap for every gallon of water in the bucket. Mix the suds by hand with a soft brush.
Dip the brush in the soapy water and scrub each seat thoroughly, paying close attention to any stains, mold, or mildew marks on the seat backs or seats. Rinse the brush regularly to avoid re-debrising the seat while you try to clean it