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Cleaning up Your Outdoor Furniture

Springtime means spring cleaning for some and with the outdoors, a more pleasant place to be than during the winter months now’s the time to clean up the dirt and grime from your outdoor furniture to get ready for spring and summer entertaining.

I am currently embarking on a major tuneup of my 1960’s redwood furniture some of which I inherited from my parents and other pieces I picked up on the secondary market. This requires some millwork and repainting. This is a bigger undertaking than a typically seasonal clean-up.

PVC, Resin, and Plastic
First, hose the furniture and scrub with soapy water and a damp cloth. Rinse and let
air dry. For stubborn stains, mix one tablespoon of water with two tablespoons of
baking powder to create a paste. Rob it onto the stained areas with your fingers of a
brush. Leave it on for 30 minutes, then rinse.

Glass Tabletops
Fill a spray bottle with equal parts white vinegar and warm water. Spray the
solution on the glass, let it sit for a few minutes, and wipe with a microfiber cloth.

Outdoor Cushions
First, check the tag for cleaning instructions. Some cushion covers can go into the
washing machine. If not, hand wash with dish soap and lukewarm water. For mold
and mildew, combine ¼ cup of bleach, a tablespoon of dish soap, and a quart of
water. Will a spray bottle with the mixture, spray the stain, and wait 15 minutes
before scrubbing. Rinse and let air dry.

Aluminum, Steel, and Iron
Wipe with a microfiber cloth and a mixture of ¼ cup dish soap to 1-gallon water,
then rinse clean.

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About Emilie

A transplant from the Pacific Northwest, Emilie has first-hand knowledge of the ins-and-outs of first-time home ownership and remodeling. She has become involved in the local art community and all the diversity Southern California has to offer and more recently has expanded her knowledge to include New Mexico.

Emilie’s passion to be involved in her community led her to become a licensed Realtor and Broker.  She continues to educate herself on different aspects of real estate to support clients with a variety of needs.  She is certified as a Military Relocation Professional (MRP) to work with U.S. Service families and veterans to find affordable housing solutions.

Having worked for both a small boutique firm and a company with a global presence, in 2023 she formed Emilie Broughton Real Estate to work with buyers, sellers, landlords, and tenants in California and New Mexico.

Splitting her time between the Land of Enchantment and the Golden State, Emilie focuses on Los Angeles County and the Greater Albuquerque metro area, helping her clients achieve their real estate goals in both Mountain and Pacific Time Zones.

Emilie represented her region as a California Real Estate State Director for three years.  She has served as President of the Pasadena Foothills Association of Realtors and is a multi-year recipient of the Five-Star Real Estate Professionals Award for the outstanding service she provides to her clients.

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