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Cleaning Fibreglass Planters: A Step-by-step Guide

Cleaning Fibreglass Planters: A Step-by-step Guide | Park & Plaza

Fibreglass planters are an excellent choice due to their ruggedness and low maintenance requirements. With a minimal amount of care, they can last for several years while preserving their good looks. However, like all outdoor décor, dust, dirt, and other debris will accumulate on the surface of the planter with regular use – luckily, it’s easy to clean away this buildup to maintain their appearance and longevity.

Here are step-by-step instructions on how to properly clean fibreglass planters with confidence. Depending on the severity of the buildup on the planters’ surfaces, you may simply need a light cleaning or a more thorough scrub down with specialized cleaner that ensures your prized plant display remains exquisite for years to come.

Cleaning a fibreglass planter several times a year is the best way to ensure your outdoor arrangements and displays look their best. By removing dust and dirt, you can extend the life of the planter and any decorations inside as well. Keeping things clean also helps maintain their appearance, which is important for any interior or exterior décor piece. If extra care is necessary for more delicate displays, such as moss, a soft brush can be used for brushing without causing damage. With regular cleaning, your fibreglass planter will remain to look fresh and in top condition all year round.

Materials Needed

  • Water
  • Mild soap
  • Soft, Bristled Brush
  • Soft Sponge or Cloth

Planter Exterior

  1. Gently brush off any dried dirt or debris from the planter with a soft bristled brush.
  2. Dampen a soft sponge or cloth, and gently wipe down any residual dirt or debris.
  3. Use warm soapy water and a soft sponge for any lingering soil.
  4. Rinse with water to remove any soapy residue.

Planter Interior

  1. Empty planter of any soil, top dressings, and sub-irrigation.
  2. Brush off residual dirt from the planter interior as thoroughly as possible.
  3. Use warm, soapy water and a soft sponge or cloth to wipe off any lingering dirt and debris.
  4. For stubborn stains, gently use soapy water and a soft bristled brush to clean the planter material.
  5. Rinse out the planter interior with water to remove any remaining soap.

A Few Tips To Maintain Planter Longevity

Keep your fiberglass planters looking better longer by keeping a few basic maintenance tips in mind.

1. Keeping an eye on the condition of fibreglass planters can help maintain their longevity and preserve their aesthetic beauty. Although scratches, chips, and other aesthetic damage do not affect the structural integrity of the planter, it is good practice to visually inspect them every few months or so.

Water and dust can get under the product’s finish if left untreated which significantly reduces its exterior appeal. Fortunately, many small cracks or paint irregularities can be touched up fairly easily with new, matching paint. Paying attention to the visual wear and tear of fiberglass outdoor planters is a simple way to ensure they last as long as possible while looking as attractive as possible.

2. If your planter has considerable damage or larger blemishes, sanding and filling with epoxy is the best way to make a seamless repair. When completely dry, continue sanding with fine-grit paper for a flush result.

Matching the paint with your planter can be tricky but not impossible; should you need help locating the right shade of paint, our team will be here to assist you. A freshly applied coat of paint may look out of place until it has had time to age; however, given a bit of time, it should blend in seamlessly with the rest of your planter.

3. Preserving the quality and look of your planters is key to ensuring that these items will last for many years. Taking the extra step of applying high-grade wax to your planters every so often can not only help maintain the planter’s finish but also improve its longevity.

We suggest using quality marine-grade wax, as it is formulated specifically to withstand harsh aquatic environments and provides superior protection against oxidation and fading due to UV exposure. A simple application can go a long way toward protecting your investment in outdoor decor.

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