The Big Four: Cleaning Wood, Plastic, Metal, and Glass Outdoor Furniture

The old adage “Different strokes for different folks” don’t just apply to people. It can apply to all sorts of things, including cleaning furniture. The way you handle wood cleaning will be different from glass or plastic. Otherwise, you might damage the intricate parts of wood. When dealing with modern furniture, there are different ways to pull out dirt, scrub or sometimes, scrape. In this article, we’ll share with you some trade secrets on cleaning wood, plastic, metal, and glass furniture.


When it comes to wood, it’s important to use gentle or natural cleaning agents. Some use mild oil-based soap and mix it with water to create a solution. Others use white vinegar since it’s naturally acidic and does well in removing stains on contemporary furniture. There are certain commercial wood cleansers that are also effective. However, you need to be extra careful when using them. Some painted woods tend to lose their colour or become dull when improperly cleaned.


For plastic, you can get away with using soda or bleach. Plastic furniture tend to be less delicate, since well, they are made of plastic or synthetic materials. Coloured plastic still needs a bit of daintiness so using vinegar would be suitable. A lot of garden furniture that are made of plastic are durable and easy to maintain. You can use some cloth to wipe the parts with the prepared solution. Another good formulation is WD-40, as it helps the plastic material to restore its shine and brightness.


Aluminum, wrought or cast iron all falls into this category. And the common issue with metal is oxidation. When preparing to clean, make a point to remove as many blemishes as possible with the help of polishing paste or white vinegar with water solution. You may want to avoid using cleansers that contain ammonia and trisodium phosphate, since they actually cause oxidation. Once you’re able to polish your metal designer furniture, it can look good as new. No one would know they were tarnished.


Glass furniture is always an interesting matter to clean. It can be both simple and challenging to maintain. Before you wash it, remove any debris on the glass using a non-abrasive or non-reacting material. Then start checking the glass for any scratches. You can use a glass cleaner and a microfibre cloth to remove any stain or dirt. Most modern outdoor furniture that contains glass parts look brilliant and stunning after regular maintenance. So, don’t put off cleaning your glass furniture.

These tips that we laid down are only some of our tested methods. There are many other strategies that you can gather from people or perhaps, from your own experience. From washing sofas to wiping teak furniture – you could actually develop your own way of maintenance. Just don’t forget to check the cleaning manual for each material or furniture that you bring into your home. Some tend to have specific instructions, which are essential to keeping it looking good as new.

At Cosh Living, the indoor and outdoor furniture that we supply come with comprehensive tags or guides that help home owners care for their pieces better. Moreover, people who purchase from Cosh Living enjoy the quality and designer-made appearance of our furniture. Whether if it’s for a traditional or a contemporary house, there’s surely something for you. For more information on Cosh Living, check out our website or visit one of our showrooms.