Cleaning & caring for your outdoor furniture isn’t always straightforward…

and after receiving quite a few questions about how to clean and care for outdoor furniture correctly, we thought it would be fun to dive into the specifics with our product team at McGee & Co.

If you have questions about caring for your outdoor furniture, you’ve come to the right place! Here is Alyssa Macy, McGee & Co.’s Sr Director of Product, on a common questions about outdoor furniture care:

What materials are best for outdoor furniture?

Teak wood, fiber cement, fiber stone, and Subrella fabrics tend to be the most durable materials for outdoor furniture.

Do you need to clean outdoor upholstery?

Each outdoor furniture piece is unique, so it’s important to make sure you read the manufacturer’s care instructions before cleaning your outdoor furniture.

Our outdoor collection with McGee & Co. was designed to be weatherproof and easy to maintain. To clean it, we recommend using a water-based shampoo and a damp cloth to spot-clean dirt and spills and let it dry naturally. Just remember not to scrub the fabric and grind the stain into the material.

How to Clean & Care for Your Outdoor Furniture

How often do you need to clean Teak Wood?

Teak guard requires reapplication of teak guard every 3-5 years. Make sure to follow the instructions on your Teak Guard and Teak Tonic bottles to apply as needed.

What is the most effective way to clean an indoor/outdoor rug?

Regular vacuuming and the occasional gentle shake should keep your indoor/outdoor rug in shipshape condition. All PET area rugs are hose-able and scrubbable. Remember to air dry only, and do not machine wash or dry.

If my outdoor furniture is weatherproof, do I need to cover it when the weather is bad?

Even if your outdoor pieces are all-weather, it’s best to cover them in the event of inclement weather to avoid any damage.

Can I wash my outdoor pillows?

Although you cannot machine-wash outdoor pillows, many fabrics are hose-able. Our indoor/outdoor pillows designed with McGee & Co. are all hose-able!

How to Clean & Care for Your Outdoor Furniture

Is there anything I should avoid using when cleaning my outdoor furniture?

We recommend avoiding the use of typical house cleaners as they contain chemicals that may tarnish or damage the finish. It’s best to only use cleaners specifically made for outdoor furniture!

How do I keep my outdoor furniture looking new long-term?

To keep your outdoor furniture looking new long-term, be sure to use a coaster, trivet, or placemat when necessary to protect the finish and keep your piece looking good as new for years to come. If you are experiencing inclement weather conditions, it is best to cover the outdoor furniture and use occasional teak treatment.

What should I do if I spill on my outdoor furniture?

If spills occur on your outdoor furniture, blot immediately and wipe with a damp cloth using water only.

How to Clean & Care for Your Outdoor Furniture

Does cement outdoor furniture require upkeep?

While cement outdoor furniture doesn’t require upkeep, we would still recommend covering it or taking it indoors in the case of extreme weather.

What is the best way to care for outdoor wicker materials?

The best way to take care of outdoor wicker materials is by hosing, washing, and keeping it dusted and dried as much as possible.