Before You Toss Patio Furniture, Try This

Being green and valuing sustainability is not just another cause. Someday it may be a matter of life and day. I know many of you ignore the problems of the planet because it seems too much to bear. What can a person do when there is so much at stake. It takes government commitment, but citizens can play their parts in supporting environmental programs. Meanwhile I suggest you educate yourself by attending conferences, reading green literature, and doing research to find organizations to join. That is all you have to do to keep the rest of us happy. The more we join forces, the faster change will happen. You can also help spread the word as you can at home and at work. Encourage people to listen. I do it by telling stories that they can relate to such as the need to cut power by installing simple ceiling fans.

My blogs are about conserving resources and recycling anything from metal, to used wood, to appliances. Don’t throw out an old stove that will just add more bulk to the landfill when you can have it repaired. You can be green in so many ways. You probably can think of more than I can. Today it is about that used patio furniture. Some people just want to throw anything away before they consider repurposing. I have a friend who had some rather nice pieces that had gotten rather dirty, to the point of grimy, and he wanted to toss them in the garbage can. He wanted to buy new items which means energy waste in manufacturing something you already have. Energy is not finite and it is expensive. Power is limited and we only should use so much given the number of us humans there are on the planet.

I told my friend to STOP and listen and consider the consequences of throwing away things that show a speck of dirt. You just want an excuse to go shopping. My suggestion is to buy or borrow a good electric power washer to bring anything and everything back to life. You can wash down the garage floor, clear debris from the sidewalk, clean exterior walls, and much more. In fact, you can use it on the patio furniture and it works like magic to restore chairs and chaises lounges to their original glory. It is as simple as that. Now you are saving money and being green at the same time. My friend agreed and did as I suggested for you. I am super proud of him. He now has a new focus on things.

Power washers come in different sizes for commercial or residential/personal use and you can choose from gas, electric, cold-water, or hot-water pressure washers depending upon their purpose for you. The key to cleanliness is the high-powered nozzle, the right hoses, and any special cleansers. They can run up to a thousand dollars for a mighty motor. Not everyone needs to spend that much, but you can spend more. This is not to scare you into breaking your budget, but in making a different point.