|Scrubbed, but never PRETTY.|
Friday, I did it again, with equally successful results. Now, please don't judge. I was not intending to do a blog post about scrubbing this chair, but halfway through, I was so excited by the results that I couldn't bear NOT to share it with you, so I dropped everything, ran inside, grabbed the camera, and took a few shots, including my first ever video (which I intended to do without audio, then ever-so-tentatively, decided to say a few words, and now I wish I could do it again, so please bear with me and be kind.) (I don't normally write in sentence fragments, nor do I normally write run-ons. Sorry.)
Here's the trick: Steel wool and bleach water. The gray wipes right off.
|Scrubbing...actually, it's more like wiping. Not a lot of effort involved.|
Here's the video; it's short, I promise:
And here's an "after" shot of the chair half-way scrubbed. Amazing, don't you agree?
The bowl on the chair is our small cleaning bucket (Here's an aside: It's our puke bucket, too. When I was little and had to be sick, I was offered either the toilet or a garbage can. The garbage cans were never what one could call clean so it made being sick an even worse experience. This blue bowl was handy one day years ago when one of us was sick; it's been the puke bucket ever since. My kids were horrified the day they came home and Grammy had made a salad for dinner in the bowl; luckily their manners and instinct told them to not make a fuss. Ever since, the bowl has not lived in the cupboard with the rest of the bowls but instead under the sink with its good friend scrub brush, and it hasn't made a food reappearance since! Grammy was understandably confused about why we were a little disconcerted about the salad, but after thinking it over, commented that a puke bowl seems much nicer than a trash can. I agree.)
Here are the materials you need for your amazing chair transformation: household bleach (a glug into a medium sized bowl of water), about 6 pads of steel wool (I had this on hand in my furniture refinishing supplies. If you've never used steel wool, you can buy it in the painting/staining section; it's inexpensive and comes in a large package.) Finally, you'll want rubber gloves - because of the steel wool and the bleach. (If you plan ahead, you can put a thick cream on your hands before beginning; the heat inside the gloves makes the lotion sink deep into your skin. Lovely.)
|Here is one of the chairs I did the day I read Diane's post about cleaning outdoor furniture.|
|Supplies on another plastic piece of furniture that I spray painted because I thought it would always be GRAY.|
And now for a cold beverage in my clean chair...ahhhhh.