How to Clean Resin Patio Furniture

What makes resin such a great material for patio furniture? The technical answer is that it's a nonvolatile substance resulting from simple-molecular polymerization. The practical answer is that it's inexpensive, durable and easy to clean. Here are some tips to keep your resin patio furniture looking fresh and new.

  1. Rub auto paste wax on new resin furniture to keep off dust and dirt. When necessary, wash your furniture with a hose, rub down with soapy water and rinse. As an alternative, hose down, apply a paste of baking soda and water and rinse.
  2. For dirtier furniture, rub on a mixture of water, bleach and detergent (about a gallon of warm water, a cup of bleach and a few good squeezes of dishwashing soap). Let sit at least 10 minutes, and rinse off. Reapply as necessary. For scuff marks, rub on a paste of water and powdered cleanser such as Ajax. Let it sit, then rinse well.
  3. If you want an environmentally sound solution for removing stains, try a gentle product such as Simple Wash (see Resources below). Just as you would with bleach or cleanser, apply this with a sponge or cloth, let it sit and rinse off.


  • If you like wicker outdoors, try woven resin furniture. It offers the look of rattan, but you can leave it outside year round without harm.


  • Do a test in an inconspicuous spot before you treat your resin furniture with bleach, cleanser or other commercial products. Use rubber gloves when applying these substances.

About the Author

Barbara Dunlap is a freelance writer in Oregon. She was a garden editor at "The San Francisco Chronicle" and she currently specializes in travel and active lifestyle topics like golf and fitness. She received a master's degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia and has been a Knight Foundation Fellow.