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10 interior design trends for 2018

Discover the home decor trends for 2018.


10 interior design trends for 2018.

Check our predictions for the upcoming home decor craze.
In todays world, your home is your sanctuary. After an intense day of work, nothing feels better than going back to your cozy space to meet your loved-ones. It is even better when you give your place the look and style that suits your taste. Look for decorating ideas? Stay ahead of the pack and check the upcoming trends. 2018 has quite a few interior luxury design trends that are hip and chic.
Check our 2018 interior design forecast to inspire your next home makeover.

GO GREEN.

Green interior design

Green is a bold interior design choice with many benefits.

Green represents so many things, from health to nature.
As a paint color, green is a daring color. It’s a far cry from standard common neutral colors like white and beige. Pantone listed green as its 2017 color of the year. In 2018, green will receive the attention it deserves. After the social and political strifes of 2017, 2018 is all about being calm and going back to Nature. If gracing the walls with green is too big of a leap, aim for green furniture and decor. Of course, there is always the usual greenery in the form of plants. For more details, learn how to chose the right color for your living room.
Green -and especially bright green- is all about balance and purity.

USE GENUINE MATERIALS… OR NOT.

hardwood floor

Go for the real thing with genuine materials such as hardwoods.

Get rid of the synthetic materials… or not.
2018 is all about genuine materials. From solid hardwood floors to natural rattan rug. Genuine materials are becoming a bigger trend. There is a good reason for that. After decades of cheap faux materials, home decor lovers want to go back to the real deal. A real wood ceiling beam, for instance, won’t fall apart like a faux wood. Yet we should not forget that technology is improving everyday. New faux finishes improve every day. Synthetic water hyacinth evolved and now looks as nice as the real one. The result even baffle experts. Some faux materials are superiors to their genuine counterparts. Engineered quartz is better than real quartz. It can better withstand heat and acidic elements.
Nothing can replace the smell touch and smell of genuine leather. Yet technology allow some faux materials to match the look and quality of genuine ones.

ROCK NAVY BLUE.

Navy blue decor

Navy blue decors are cozy, warm and inviting.

Navy blue is gaining a lot of traction.
Green isn’t the only trending color. In 2018, many homeowners will select Navy blue as a mild alternative to black. Navy blue pairs well with many other color schemes. It allow people to create gorgeous tone-on-tone color schemes. You can combine Navy and existing lighter blue for a stunning result. Navy blue has an advantage over black. You can add it as the dark color of your decor. Unlike black, Navy blue is not making the room feel smaller.
Navy blue will make a big come back in 2018.

AIM FOR ARTISANAL.

handicrafts home accessories

Introduce handicrafts home accessories to create an artisanal look.

For the last couple of years, anything DIY is trendy.
We all love homemade decor and handmade creations. In 2018, home decor aficionados will stay away from mass-productions. More homeowners will opt for decor made by a professional craftsman. Pottery jars, natural rattan baskets or leather wall decor are good examples.
Woodworking, glass blowing or handmade upholstery will be a big 2018 design trend.

MIX METALS.

Brass accessories

Brass and metals accessories give a sparking touch to your home decor.

Metal brings much more than an industrial vibe.
Mixing and matching metal elements in your decor will create stunning results. You can combine a brass kitchen faucet with a nickel cabinet. For a sleek design, add a large copper vase or oil-rubbed bronze pendant lights.
Consider metal finishes such as white gold and rose gold.

LOVE THE EARTHY LOOK.

earthy look

The earthy look mixes reddish and brownish tones for a relaxing vibe.

Incorporate elements that you would expect to find outdoors.
Cork and terracotta are two examples that create an earthy look. Terracotta is great for creating a rustic and eclectic vibe. Earthy tones looks even better with matte finish.
Tiki culture will most likely see a popularity rise in 2018. People enjoy the exotic vibe of the Polynesian culture. The earthy look is a great way to create an old island decor. Use the earthy designs in your patio and garden. D
Don’t be afraid to use earthy colors for your indoor makeover.

CHECK THE MINIMALIST DESIGN.

minimalist interior design

The minimalist interior design keeps the essentials and reduce clutter.

A minimalist design is goes well with a luxury decor.
Interior designers create a luxury look by using lavish furnishings in large decors. Luxury and minimalism go hand-in-hand. Creating a minimalist decor is not expensive. In an era where more people live in appartements, saving money is welcome. Not everybody has large rooms available or can afford luxury furnishings. Minimalism is not only for rich people. There is a trick. Creating a minimalist decor is not always expensive. In 2018, more people will use functional items and de-clutter their rooms. Use furniture and storage that doubles as decor. Keep only the home accessories items you need. Look for sofas with hidden storage or a bed with underneath drawers.
Double-function furniture will become trendier in 2018.

USE MARBLE WALLPAPERS.

Marble wallpapers

Marble wallpapers allow you to create a premium decorating with a tight budget.

Marble is a staple element of a luxurious home.
Cladding your walls and floors in marble may is not the kind of ideas your banker likes. Great news: you can achieve the same look at a fraction of the cost. Use wallpaper with a marble design! Marble wallpaper is very popular in Pinterest. You will find marble wallpapers for every room. Mix the designs to create a realistic look.
You can use marble wallpapers in the living room, kitchen, bathroom or hallway.

ADD A LOT OF RAW WHITE.

full-white interior design

Keep it clean and healthy with a full-white interior design.

Colors will play a central part in 2018 home design trends.
Plain white is a sure bet. When it comes to the decor, bone white and chalky white exude natural and raw beauty.
Plain white hues are organic, clean and fresh.

ADOPT A HYGGE DESIGN.

Hygge design

The Hygge design is a warm and cozy decor.

Hygge is a Danish design concept.
Hygge design is a mix of intimate and cozy furnishings. The style showcases items you find during the chill season. Hygge decors include candles, blankets with patchworks, tea accessories, etc.
Hygge designs look great all year-round, even in warmer climates.

BE AHEAD OF THE 2018 DESIGN TRENDS.
Knowing the home decor trends allows you to get more ideas.
It’s good to get a jump-start on the 2018 interior flavors. Yet, remember that the best home design is the one where you feel good. You don’t need to keep up with all decorating trends. Check the ideas above and select the ones that will suit your existing decor. Create a home where you and your loved-ones will enjoy life and create happy memories.

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ABOUT HANNAH HUTCHINSON:
INTERIOR DESIGNER, ARCHITECT.
Hannah Hutchinson practices interior designer and works as an architect.
She is from Los Angeles. Hannah is also a blogger by night and likes to write about fashion and home decor. She lives and breathes interior design. She is currently in Miami and works for One River Point.

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How to Make your Home look High-End on a Tight Budget

Discover our fantastic ideas to make your house look expensive… without breaking the bank.


How to make your home look high-end on a tight budget.

Everyone dreams of having an elegant and beautiful home.
Many assume that you need a lot of money to make your house look expensive. The truth is that you can make your home look luxurious without breaking the bank. No need to hire an interior designer. No need to buy expensive furnishings. No need to spend thousands of dollars. There are many simple and inexpensive ways to design a classy and high-end space. You don’t need to do an overhaul. Change a few elements here and there.
Here are 10 awesome ideas to make your home look expensive on a budget.

KEEP IT MINIMAL.

minimal decoration

Keep your decoration simple, with only a few nice elements.

Minimalism looks luxurious and is cheap to install.
Any space looks more exuberant when decorated with a few nice items. Over-accessorizing makes your home look cluttered and messy. Thus, get rid of all the unnecessary and useless items. Keep the items you value. When you shop for home décor on a budget, get few but valuable items. No need to get a lot of trivial things. For a polished and chic look, it is also significant to keep your home tidy and well-organized. Create a routine with a daily cleaning. Clean your home in-depth every week to keep it junk-free.
Clean your home and keep only meaningful things.

BRING IN SOME DRAMA.

 dramatic interior design

Create a dramatic interior design.

Blend the textures and the materials.
Professional interior designers decorated expensive homes in layers. The trick is to play with a variety of textures. When you do your home décor, add different layers in a simple space. It will lift it up straight away. Mix glass, metals, wood and textiles. The combination makes any space look alive and vibrant.
Create an accent wall with textures. Throw a vintage rug on the floor. Add colorful silk cushions and a copper lamp in a corner.
Adding layers and details personalizes your home and makes it unique.

REPAINT THE WALLS.

repaint the walls

To change the mood of your home, repaint the walls.

To brighten up your home without spending a fortune, repaint it.
To change the vibe of your interior, all you need is a new color. Repaint your walls. Yet be wise when you choose the new color. Colors have a profound impact on the ambiance. You can either opt for bold or soft hues. It depends on your personality and preferences. Coordinate your walls color with the furniture and accessories. This helps maintain a balance. This will also create an elegant and classy look. Choose a darker shade for your interior doors to add more glamor.
Paints are a cheap and efficient way to improve the look of your home.

ARTWORKS MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

home decor artwork

Hang up an artwork to enhance the beauty of your room.

Add some unique wall art to enhance your home’s visual appeal.
When it comes to introduce art into your home decor, you have many options. Start by focussing on the size. Be bold. Choose either an oversized artwork of a very small one. This also depends on your space. The idea is to grab people’s attention by hanging an artwork with an unexpected size. Art pieces will add character to your room. Don’t worry about the price tags. There is a cheaper way to buy nice art pieces! You can find decent and affordable pieces at thrift stores and flea markets. Arrive early and befriend the exhibitors. Tell them the kind of art you like. The same people often exhibit week after week. Ask them to find you something nice for the next flea market.
If you have the artistic genes, why not create your own artworks? It will save you money.

ADD VIBRANT RUGS.

beautiful rug

Add a beautiful rug in your living room.

Rugs and carpets are must-haves for any home.
Rugs add warmth and coziness to the room. They also soften hard floors. Rugs can also do much more for your home. You can get a colorful, patterned rug to spice up the room. By choosing a bigger rug, you can give the illusion of a wider area. You can divide a room into smaller areas. To do this, place several rugs instead of a big one. You can also throw a small and nice rug in a key corner of the room.
Layer rugs to create an eclectic style for an affordable price.

BRING THE NATURE IN.

plants in home decor

Introduce plants inside your decor.

Bring in some nature into your home to liven up the room.
Placing a big green plant in a corner always enhance the beauty of the room. Put fresh flowers in a beautiful vase will bring life to a dull decor. You can put them anywhere in your home. Add plants in your living room, kitchen or bedroom. Even having the artificial plants can create wonderful results.
Adding a touch of nature is a great way to make your home look high-end on a tight budget.

BE CREATIVE.

second-hand furniture

Visit thrift store and hunt for second-hand furniture.

A perfect home décor is not complete without a quirky piece of furniture.
Break the conventions. Introduce an unusual furniture. You can choose a unique wooden coffee table, a bohemian cabinet or a wacky recliner. The idea is to break the monotony. Spice up your functional furniture with an unexpected item. Again, no need to spend a fortune. You can get a decent piece for cheap. If you know where to look, you can find many affordable pieces. Visit thrift stores. Hunt in brocante markets. Check your newspapers for second hand pieces. Some people even recycle old pallets into amazing furniture pieces.
Add an unusual item to create an artistic decor.

IMPROVE THE LIGHTING.

good lightings

A good lighting will change the vibe of the room.

Upgrading your lighting can make a huge difference.
Everything looks more beautiful when the light is right. If your rooms only have ceiling lights, it’s time to add more. Bring new lights such as table lamps and floor lamps. Don’t forget to add dimmers. This will help you control the amount of light you need. Replace your old light fixtures. Buy new eye-catching ones and old lampshades. Choose colorful and vibrant ones. Add an elegant chandelier to the dining room. Chandeliers look spectacular and creates a focal point in the room. Don’t get intimated by the price tag. You can find good pieces in the flea markets at affordable prices.
Enhance the warmth and the romantic vibe in your home with the proper lighting.

THINK CROWN MOLDING.

Crown moldings

Crown moldings are a cheap and efficient way to improve your interior design.

Pay attention to all the architectural details in your home.
Take a look at your plain walls and ceilings. Boring? Don’t worry, there is a cheap and easy solution. Crown molding. Walls panels with molding will add character to the room. Perk up your windows by adding trims around them. Add fake ceiling beams or decorative ceiling medallions around the light fixtures. This makes your ceiling stand out. These moldings and medallions are quite inexpensive. They are available in many designs. You can install them yourself with the help of online tutorials.
Crown molding is an excellent way to jazz up your walls and ceilings.

HANG YOUR CURTAINS HIGH.

perfect length for your curtains

Follow this simple tip to choose the perfect length for your curtains.

High-end homes generally have high ceilings.
You can give the illusion of a higher ceiling in your home. All you need to do is by hanging your curtains high. Start from the ceiling or as high as possible to make your space appear bigger and more luxurious. For more details, check our article about how to choose your curtains.
Don’t hang your curtains right above your windows.

MAKE YOUR HOME LOOK EXPENSIVE ON A BUDGET.
No need to spend a lot of money to make your home look high-end.
With some efforts, you can make your house look like luxurious. To do so, there is no need to spend all your savings. You need to think outside of the box. Be creative. Follow online tutorials to do it yourself. Visit flea markets and look for nice second-hand pieces. Keep your interior clean and tidy.

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ABOUT SADIA SUHAIL:
WRITER AND CONTENT MARKETER.
Sadia Suhail loves interior decor, home décor and art & craft.
She writes interior design articles. Sadia also does content marketing for Alrug.
Alrug sells handmade Persian and Oriental rugs, carpets and kilims.

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Read our tips to decorate small homes, and find out how your place has never looked bigger.
LEARN MORE
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Help your teak furniture to age in a nice way or restore its hue.
LEARN MORE
GREAT IDEAS TO DECORATE YOUR KITCHEN.
Enjoy our ideas to help you decorate your kitchen.
Get the most of a small kitchen or learn how to create an elegant or antique feel.
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ALL ABOUT TEAK.
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Tips to tweak your home decor before summer

Let’s see how to improve your home decoration before the warm season.


Tips to tweak your home decor before summer.

Everybody wants to live in a comfortable house.
A cozy home can change your mood. A colorful place will give you energy and happiness. Since we spend so much time in our homes, it is important to create a space that help you find your inner balance. A place that help you rest, recharge your batteries. An environnement where you can focus on your daily activities. Rooms to spend quality time with family members and friends. Your home should show who you are. Yet our mood can change over time. Thus the home can use a few changes. With summer coming, it’s time to learn a few simple trick to tweak your décor.
Get your home ready for summer.

COLOR ACCENTS CAN CHANGE THE VIBE.

color accents decor

A few color accents will change the entire feel of your house.

Colors play a central part in the improvement of your home decor.
Adding colorful accents to any room change the entire atmosphere. Interior designers know the psychology of colors. The perfect combination of tones can bring your decor to the next level. Colors are a quick way to give the room a new vibe. Paints and fabrics are impressive. The right shades will influence more than decoration. Scientific studies show that colors also impact human mood. Harmonious tones can improve your mood. Bright colors are a great choice. Yellow carries feelings of joy and happiness. Nice shades of blue induce creativity and help you relaxing.
Pick up a bright color to lift up your mood and enhance your decor before summer.

CLEAN YOUR HOUSE.

clean home decor

A clean home can change the decor.

No need to waste too much time and money to improve your home décor.
For a start, make sure tour furniture is clean, fresh and beautiful. Sometimes changing the vibe is as simple as doing a deep spring cleaning. Grab a bucket of water with some cleaning products. Ask for help from all family members. Washing your house should be fun. Get the kids involved. Remove the dust and the dirt from your furniture. Move the furnishings away from the walls. Wash the wall and the floor behind it. Put your curtains in the washing machine. Take out the blankets and rugs. Clean it, fold it and hide it until next winter. Summer is a time for cluster free and minimalist decor. Keep only what you need.
Be clean. Be bold. Be fun. Be colorful. Be happy.

COLOR MEANINGS.

  • BLUE: tranquility, loyalty, security, trust, intelligence.
  • RED: love, energy, power, strength, passion, heat.
  • BROWN: friendship, earth, outdoors, longevity.
  • GREEN: growth, freshness, nature, fertility, healing.
  • PINK: happiness, femininity, compassion, sweetness, playfulness.
  • BEIGE: flexibility, crisp, trendiness, sophistication.
  • PURPLE: royalty, spirituality, luxury, ambition.
  • YELLOW: brightness, energy, creativity, joy, happiness.
  • GRAY: security, reliability, power, stability.
  • TURQUOISE: protection, water, peacefulness, fluidity.
  • ORANGE: courage, confidence, success, hope.
  • BLACK: protection, class, formality, mystery, elegance.
  • SILVER: gracefulness, brightness, glamour, intuition.
  • GOLD: wealth, prosperity, value, tradition, sun, heat.
  • WHITE: goodness, innocence, purity, cleanness, freshness.

color wheel

SUMMER CLEANING CHECK LIST.

BASIC HOUSE CLEANING TIPS.

  • Wash bathroom counters.
  • Dust all surfaces.
  • Scrub toilets, tubs and showers.
  • Dust corners and edges.
  • Spot clean walls.
  • Vacuum edges.
  • Wash vents.
  • Vacuum all floors.
  • Oil outdoor furniture.
  • Wash all baseboards.
  • Wash throw rugs.
  • Wash all floors.
  • Clean washer and dryer.
  • Wipe switches.
  • Launder bedding.
  • Wipe door knobs.
  • Touch up paint.
  • Clean Appliance.

DEEP HOUSE CLEANING TIPS.

  • Clean carpets.
  • Clean under appliances.
  • Wash windows from outside.
  • Wipe ceiling fans and lights.
  • Vacuum lampshades.
  • Dust door tops.
  • Wash cupboard doors.
  • Wash doors.

OPTIONAL HOUSE CLEANING TIPS.

  • Wash your wardrobe blankets.
  • Organize pantry.
  • Change furnace filters.
  • Clean refrigerator.
  • Flip mattresses.
  • Wash pillows.
  • Switch out clothing.
  • Wash pillows.
  • Wash patio.
  • Wash outside furniture.

TWEAK YOUR HOME DECOR BEFORE SUMMER.
Add color and clean your home before summer.
Sun is coming. Get ready and make the most of your decor. No need for plenty of time and money. To tweak your house decor, add bright accent colors. Make sure your home is clean and cluster-free. Involve your family members and check if everybody is having fun. Spend time together and create lovely memories in your house. Live in a beautiful and healthy place with people you love.

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ABOUT JOHN SMITH:
WRITER AND BLOGGER.
John Smith is a blogger and enjoys decoration.
He loves to write articles about home improvement. John always looks for unique ways to update and improve your home decor.

JOHN SMITH ONLINE.

TELL US WHAT YOU NEED.
We can help you design your dream interior.
Want to furnish a new home?
Renovating your hotel?
Want to change the style of your home?
We build quality furniture that meets your needs.
Contact us and tell us more about you and your project. We will greet you with a free quote.

REQUEST YOUR QUOTE

MORE DECORATING TIPS

27 TIPS TO DECORATE A SMALL HOME.
Decorating a tiny apartment can seem challenging. It isn’t.
Read our tips to decorate small homes, and find out how your place has never looked bigger.
LEARN MORE
HOW TO TREAT TEAK FURNITURE.
Click to discover our simple and professional tips to take care of your teak furniture.
Help your teak furniture to age in a nice way or restore its hue.
LEARN MORE
GREAT IDEAS TO DECORATE YOUR KITCHEN.
Enjoy our ideas to help you decorate your kitchen.
Get the most of a small kitchen or learn how to create an elegant or antique feel.
LEARN MORE

ALL ABOUT TEAK.
You have heard a lot of things about Teak wood.
There is a lot of misconceptions about teak, but here are interesting truths you didn’t know.
LEARN MORE

 

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How to get your Outdoor Furniture ready for summer

Let’s see how to clean your garden furniture before the warm season.


How to get your outdoor furniture ready for summer.

Let’s get your garden furniture in shape so you can make the most of your garden.
Summer is almost here. When the sun shows up, there’s no better place to be than a nice and clean backyard. Whether you relax with your family, take a nap or have a party with your friends, outdoors is always great. To make the best of your outdoor time, you want your furniture to sparkle. Clean it before you use it. A proper cleaning will not only ensure your comfort. It will also give your items a longer life.
In this article we will learn some tricks to clean your outdoor furniture like a pro.

KEEP UP THE GOOD WOOD.

garden wood furniture set

Clean your wooden garden furniture before summer.

Teak garden furniture requires low maintenance.
Let’s start with the easy one: teak wood. Teak garden furniture requires low to no maintenance. The wood can withstand almost any condition. There is a good reason why people build their swimming pool and boat decks from teak. Yet, your teak set will still enjoy a soft cleaning. There are plenty of mild and oil-based soaps on the market. Make sure to read the instructions before you use it. Avoid products with too much chemicals. Not only will it destroy the wood, but the water wastes will aslo hurt the environnement. All you need is a basic soapy water solution. Mix ¼ cup of ammonia with two tablespoons of white vinegar and one quart of warm water. For more details, check our article on how to maintain teak furniture.
After a couple of years, a light sanding will help lengthen the wood life.

METAL FOREVER.

metal furniture

Learn how to clean your metal furniture.

Wear your armor and get ready to fight the metal biggest enemies: oxidation and rusting.
Metal outdoor furniture is usually made out from aluminwum, cast iron, or wrought iron. Cleaning your metal every year will give the furniture a most needed protection.
No need to rush. Before you start cleaning, look for imperfections. Remove oxidized blemishes on your aluminum pieces. To do so, use a 1:1 mix of white vinegar and water. A metal polisher will also do the job. Do not use chemicals like trisodium phosphate or ammonia on aluminum. Those would cause oxidation and damage the surfaces. 
Sand down rusted areas on your iron furniture. Remove the affected paint and apply a rust-resistant primer. After the primer is dry, apply a new layer of rust-resistant paint. 
Once you finish the repairs, wash off your metal furniture with your garden hose.

MIND YOUR WICKER.

Synthetic rattan furniture

Synthetic rattan furniture is easy to maintain.

Cleaning wicker and cleaning hardwood furniture is similar.
Quality synthetic rattan is easy to use. Put it in your garden and you can use it for years. You don’t need to spend much time cleaning your items. After winter, all you need to do is removing the dust, pollen and dirt. Here again, the process is straight-forward. Mix two tablespoons white vinegar with ¼ cup of ammonia and one quart of warm water. You can also buy ready-made products in your local store. Mild oil soap produces great results. If you buy ready-made product, remember to read directions for diluting. Whichever cleaner you choose, apply it with a soft brush. Using a brush allows you to remove the dust between the weaves.
Rinse the wicker with your hose every two or three weeks during summer.

PLASTIC IS FANTASTIC.

Plastic outdoor furniture

Plastic is an option to consider for your outdoor furniture.

Plastic outdoor furniture is easy to maintain and can bring a touch of fun in your backyard.
There are plenty of products to clean your plastic furniture. Yet again, you can prepare everything yourself. Mix one quart of warm water with ¼ cup vinegar. You can also mix ½ cup washing soda with a gallon of warm water. Another option is to mix one gallon of warm water with tree tablespoons of dishwasher detergent. Do not use detergent on your white plastics as the bleach could damage the material.
If stains remain, wipe it with clean rag wet with white vinegar. Putting baking soda on a wet sponge is also a popular DIY abrasive. This will not scratch your plastic but should remove the stain. Never use abrasive cleaning materials such as steel wool or metal brush. It will damage the surface and leave ugly marks.
To restore the shine of clean plastic, spray some WD-40 to the furniture, then wipe it with a clean and dry towel.
As with the other materials, use your garden hose to rinse away the grime.

CLEAN YOUR OUTDOOR FURNITURE FABRIC.

garden furniture fabric

Don’t forget to clean your garden furniture fabric.

Cleaning the outdoor fabric is often more important than cleaning the furniture itself.
Anybody fancies a dirty outdoor seat? I guess not. Let see how we can clean the mattress covers.
If you can remove the outdoor fabrics from your furniture, clean it in your washing machine. Follow the instructions on the tag. Avoid dryer so you don’t shrink the fabric. Air dry the clean fabric before replacing it on your furniture. 
Washing cushions is not as easy. Putting the cushions in the washing machine would compromise their shape. If your cushions don’t have cleaning instructions, try the following. Mix one teaspoon borax, one teaspoon mild dish soap and one quart of warm water. Put your cleaning solution in a spray bottle. Spray both sides of the cushions, including the zip and the grooves. Let the cushions dry for about 15 minutes, then spray down with your hose. Dry your clean cushions in a standing position. After cleaning, vacuum or brush off your cushions. This will remove the remaining dirt.
Use the same cleaning technique for your umbrella fabrics or gazebo covers.


Let’s clean our garden furniture!

CLEAN YOUR GARDEN FURNITURE BEFORE WINTER.
At the end of the summer, it’s time to store your outdoor furniture.
Before you pack it, give your furniture one more thorough cleaning. Clean it like you did in spring. This will ensure that no dirt or pollen will stuck and cause damage over the winter months. Now you know how to clean your garden furniture like a boss. These easy cleaning tips will help you keep your outdoor furniture beautiful for years. Get ready for great family times and epic outdoor parties to come!

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