We got a free playset from a neighbor, one of those multi-colored hard
plastic sets with two sliding boards and little tunnels to crawl
through, etc. Its been outside for years and parts of it are quite
visibly dirty. Any suggestions on the best way to clean it? I've been
thinking a mixture of bleach and water and a good scrub brush?
I would aviod bleach because it might cause the color to fade and the results
might look worse than the dirt!
Or, at least, test the solution on a part of the equipment that is not visible
when in use.
Personally, I've only used water with a spray nozzle with good results on our
playset. A good jet of water will do more that you might think.
Bleach can damage the plastic, causing it to lose strength. For our kids
outdoor sets, I use a pressure washer. Get's it very clean. If you are
worried about germs, you can use a very small amount of bleach, but
remember, if you are doing this outside, the bleach can go into your ground
water. I use a cap full for bleach for every 3 gallons of water used.
As an alternative, if you can find a pressure washer that heats the water,
and use that for the germs.
You're quite baselessly paranoid about hypochlorite bleach.
It comes in plastic bottles, you know.
And it is far too reactive to ever persist in groundwater. Quite a job
just to keep a slight concentration in a nice clean swimming pool.
Go light on the bleach. Most any other detergent will do but a little
bleach will help if mold or mildew exists on it.
If the set is in good shape, they now make a paint for plastics. I think it
is Krylon brand. It may be worth trying on one or two of the panels to
dress it up.
I havn't tried it on playsets, but I have had good results
with "Simple Green" which is in auto parts stores. Does a
nice job on auto trim, bath tub deposits, etc. Also makes a
good laundry pretreater for the grease stains that repair
men like me bring home.
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