Just like your patio, outdoor furniture gets – and looks – very dirty over time. Not only do you want your patio furniture to look better, but there are other reasons to put patio furniture cleaning on your to-do list for the new year! Let’s explore why and how.
Mold & Bacteria
Your patio is a breeding ground for molds, mildews, and bacteria. Mold spores are tiny and they spread rapidly. While molds are great for the environment because they break down dead plant matter, they’re not so great for people to be around! From mild allergies to some pretty severe respiratory responses, anyone can have a reaction to mold, and people with existing allergies and conditions are more at risk.
Regardless of material type, even the best patio furniture can be part of the patio breeding ground for molds. There are also countless types of bacteria that may land on your patio furniture, such as bacteria from animals, animal feces, pollen, and so forth. When molds and bacteria grow and collect on your patio furniture, they can easily come into your home through the moist air and your clothing.
Bleach & Oxalic Acid
Does bleach kill mold? Well, yes, but it takes a lot of bleach to kill mold, and bleach isn’t any better for your skin or lungs than mold! Bleach also kills everything, not just mold, like patio plants and grass. Plus, bleach is extremely bad for the soil in your yard, and it can get into your water supply.
Oxalic acid is another chemical that is used to kill mold. Just like bleach, however, oxalic acid can harm the eyes, skin, and lungs.
Pressure Washing: The Safe Way
Letting bacteria and mold collect on your patio and patio furniture is unsightly and unsafe! The good news is that the best way to get rid of it is natural and safe: pressure washing. The power of pressure washing will also remove dirt, grime, and stains that linger when you scrub by hand. Instead of scrubbing all day and/or being exposed to harmful chemicals with limited results, choose pressure washing instead.