Chairs for a Party

As I gathered my outdoor chairs together I realized they were just too dirty to sit in. We usually store them in the over the winter but this year the shed was full of exterior shutters awaiting rehab.

Nobody wants to sit in a dirty chair.
Nobody wants to sit in a dirty chair.

We’ve had a rainy week but Charlie went out in the damp weather with a bucket full of sudsy water (blue Dawn) and a scrub brush to clean the mesh seats and backs.

The undersides get especially dirty.
The undersides get especially dirty.

He told me the process was slow-going and involved some elbow grease.

Can you tell which chair has been washed?
Can you tell which chair has been washed?

I think the contrast is formidable.

The blue metal table is useful on the porch or in the yard.
The blue metal table is useful on the porch or in the yard.

The blue metal table is also clean.

What do you use in lieu of elbow grease?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

10 thoughts on “Chairs for a Party”

  1. Some of mine sat outside and had tree sap issues. I sprayed Chlorox Cleanup on them (not cushions, those were stored) and then scrubbed with a sponge and dawn. Made a HUGE difference.

  2. I use Eric. (And on dirty lawn furniture, some cleaner that contains bleach. The trick is where to rinse them off, because bleach can’t be good for growing things like grass and gardens.)

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