Is your lawn furniture ready to play a starring role in Memorial Day get-togethers, or is it looking a bit scruffy? Make it shine with this advice from the American Furniture Manufacturers Association:
Vacuum cushions and sponge with mild detergent and warm water, rinse thoroughly, and air dry. To banish mildew, mix 1/2 cup bleach and a squirt of detergent with a gallon of water and scrub with a soft brush. (Test first to make sure bleach won't damage fabric.)
To remove scuff marks from vinyl straps, apply toothpaste and rub gently with a dry cloth.
After cleaning aluminum frames or wrought iron with mild soap and water, apply baby or mineral oil to textured frames; automotive wax to nontextured ones.
Use wax or furniture polish on wooden umbrella poles.
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