How to renew faded plastic furniture

Most of us own plastic furniture for various reasons. It looks pretty, it’s lightweight, easier to store, and convenient for the occasional parties and get-togethers. But imagine inviting a bunch of people over, only to realize that your reliable plastic furniture looks like drab. It seems dull, faded, and has patches that you hadn’t noticed before. How do you fix this, without having to spend a fortune over new furniture? We have a solution or two, just for you. 

The 5-ingredient method

How to renew faded plastic furniture
For this solution to work, you’ll need five basic ingredients and a considerable amount of time on your hands. Make sure you follow the steps carefully while enjoying the whole cleaning process!

You’ll need:

  • Water and detergent
  • Vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Car wax
  • Clean cloth pieces

Step 1
Wash the plastic furniture with water and normal detergent to get rid of the surface dust and dirt on the chair or table.

Step 2
Once the furniture is washed clean, spray a water and vinegar solution all over the chair, and let it sit for about 15-20 minutes. This will help kill any mold formed on it over time. Wipe clean with a cloth right after. 

Step 3
Mix a little water with baking soda to make a thick paste, and scrub it all over the chair thoroughly. Once done, rinse the chair with clean water, and wipe it dry. 

Step 4
Take small amounts of car wax on a rag, and apply it all over the plastic furniture. 

Step 5
Next, buff it with a clean, dry cloth and let it air dry for a few hours before use. 



If you’re looking for a faster, more effective solution with just one ingredient, WD-40 is your best bet. It not only cleans up the patchy faded marks on your plastic furniture but also adds a shine to them. Here’s what you need to do:

Step 1
Clean up any dust, dirt, or muck accumulated on the plastic chair/table over time.

Step 2
Spray a generous amount of WD-40 all over the furniture, and let it sit for a minute before using a cloth to work the solution onto the plastic. 

Step 3
Wipe away any excess residue of WD-40 with a dry rag, and your plastic furniture is ready for use!

A common question to this solution is, “Is it really safe to use WD-40 on plastic?” The answer is – absolutely. WD-40 is widely known for its effectiveness, and thousands of uses – renewing faded plastic furniture being one of them. So be it faded plastic furniture, or any other cleaning requirement, having a can of WD-40 around the house is always a win-win.



The uses shown and described for WD-40 Multi-Use Product were provided to WD-40 Company by the users themselves. These uses haven’t been tested by WD-40 Company and do not constitute a recommendation of suggestion for use by WD-40 Company. Common sense should be exercised whenever using WD-40 Company products. Always follow the instructions and take heed of any warnings printed on the packaging.

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