How to Clean Outdoor Wooden Furniture

Updated February 21, 2017

Wooden furniture is a common choice when furnishing outdoor living spaces, as it adds a traditional and natural touch to the space while giving you a durable surface that will last for years. Furniture in an outdoor area is susceptible to pollen, mildew, bird droppings and other outdoor elements that soil the furniture. Clean wooden furniture regularly to remove this residue.

Rinse off the furniture with the garden hose to remove loose build-up. Do this every couple of weeks to keep off most of the build-up.

Fill a spray bottle with equal parts water and white vinegar, and add in a squirt of dish soap.

Spray this mixture onto the wood furniture and wipe it off with a wet cleaning rag. Wipe with the grain of the wood to prevent splintering.

Rinse off the wood with the garden hose after cleaning and sit it in the sun to air dry. The vinegar removes mildew growth and similar bacteria, while the dish soap cuts through residue.


Keep outdoor wooden furniture oiled or varnished to protect it from the elements.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden hose
  • Spray bottle
  • Water
  • White vinegar
  • Dish soap
  • Cleaning rags
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