Trish asked: The black vinyl woven straps on our patio furniture are dull and I would like to restore the shine. Our five-year-old, very expensive patio furniture with woven backs and seats has dulled (my guess is from sunscreen). How do I restore the shine? I tried Armor-All for tires and dashboards and it didn’t work. Help! I have about 10 chairs and 4 side tables.
There are a variety of reasons that patio furniture can become dulled over time. Exposure to outdoor elements, body oils, etc. can all take its toll on the vinyl as well as the protective finish that is often applied. Cleaning and polishing the vinyl provides a chance to remove any dirt and stains while restoring the original luster and shine.
You Will Need:
- Vinyl cleaner and polish (ex: Stoner Vinyl Cleaner & Polish)
- Soft cloths
Steps to Clean and Polish the Vinyl:
- Begin by applying an even layer of the cleaner to the surface of the vinyl with a soft, dry cloth.
- It is best to work in small sections measuring no more than 6-12 inches.
- Rub the cleaner in a circular motion, covering the entire surface of the vinyl.
- Use a fresh, dry cloth to buff the area to a beautiful shine.
- Repeat with the next section of the vinyl until the entire piece is cleaned and polished.
Additional Tips and Ideas
- If the area is deeply stained, it may take several applications to clean it completely.
- Cleaning and polishing vinyl not only makes it look better, it can also extend the life of the piece.
Is it OK to apply neutral shoe polish to vinyl and then rub it off with a soft cloth?