Cleaning Resin Furniture

June 7, 2015

I have a white powdery residue on my green resin lawn chairs, even though I have cleaned them it still stays powdery. Is there anything I can do for this?



June 8, 20150 found this helpful

My Husband power-washed ours, and it did help, but they still are rough textured. They don't look wonderful, but at least they're not messing up our clothes when we sit on them, and they are 15 years old.

April 25, 20160 found this helpful


August 18, 20160 found this helpful

tried greased lightning, Afterwards, white film returned in moments.

July 3, 20170 found this helpful

I tried this on my resin chairs which were badly oxidized. Vinegar didn't do a thing. Neither did baking soda. What worked was a Brillo Pad and Barkeepers Friend with a lot of scrubbing. What was much easier was Clorox Pro Outdoor Bleach. (Sodium hypochlorite and Sodium hydroxide - generic brand $4/gallon). Hose off large dirt first. Wipe it on with a damp sponge. I wore nitryl or vinyl gloves with the cuffs duct-taped to rubber gloves.


By the time I had two chairs wiped down with the viscous solution, the first chair was ready to wipe down with a Scotch Brite Pad (kept damp). Hose off. The solution will ruin clothing - wear old work cloths. Bad spots take 2 treatments. The chairs look almost new, except they are still a bit chalky. I rubbed the residue off with a plastic cleaner such as Armor All.

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November 1, 2011

We have the long white resin tables and chairs in our church basement. How do we get them clean?

By Phyllis B.


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November 2, 20110 found this helpful

The best thing I have found is the Mr.Clean Erasers they work great on built up grime. You can get the dollar store kind cheap. They will fall apart quicker but work well. I would go to Mr. Clean website and find out how to get coupons or call to see what they could do for you, if you have to buy a lot of them. Good luck.


P.S. These work wonders in the kitchen, counters, crockpot liners, cabinets,
inside & outside frig they get all the grime and the stove hood, etc.

April 25, 20160 found this helpful


January 5, 20170 found this helpful

I clean all my white plastic chairs with a domestic cleaner from Aldi - I paint it on with a paint brush then hose it off, brings them up like new.

April 5, 20180 found this helpful

Which cleaner at Aldi?

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June 27, 2010

How do you clean resin chairs?

By Jeanie Eilertsen from PNW


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June 28, 20100 found this helpful

I would use warm soapy water and a scrub brush, providing just hosing them off doesn't work. My thought is that, even though the "ground in" dirt might not look nice, as long as there isn't wet dirt, or enough lose dust on them that would soil a person's clothes, that is good enough.

June 28, 20100 found this helpful

I use the Mr Clean Eraser pads (although I use the generic kind from the dollar store). They work miracles on resin anything.

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June 27, 2010

I bought four white resin chairs at a yard sale. They are nice and sturdy, but when I started using them I found that a white chalk like film rubs off them onto my hands and clothing.


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