How to Clean and Disinfect Public Site Furnishings

How to Clean and Disinfect Public Site Furnishings

We know regular cleaning is an important factor in keeping public picnic tables and benches safe for public use. Sanitizing and disinfecting public furniture is easy with the use of common household cleaning products.

  1. Before disinfection, it is essential to thoroughly cleanse the surface using a gentle combination of soap and low-pressure water. It's important to avoid high-pressure water, such as from a garden hose, as it could potentially damage the paint and surfaces. This routine cleaning method effectively eliminates germs and dirt from the surfaces, significantly reducing the risk of germ transmission.
  2. To effectively sanitize a variety of surfaces, you have the option of utilizing diluted household bleach solutions. This can be accomplished by combining the following ratios:

    - 5 tablespoons (1/3 cup) of bleach per gallon of water

    - 4 teaspoons of bleach per quart of water

Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for application, ensuring a contact time of at least 1 minute. Rinse your site furnishings and let them completely dry before allowing them to be used.

Note: Bleach solutions may damage wood finishes, like the natural wood material used in some of the products found in our Uptown Collection. A disinfecting solution containing 60% to no more than 70% alcohol is recommended.


  • Check to ensure all cleaning/disinfectant products are not past their expiration dates.
  • Expired products will not disinfect properly.
  • Check to ensure the product is compatible with the surface it is being applied to.
  • Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser as toxic gases may occur.
  • Wear the recommended protective gear when applying a disinfectant.
  • Using the above solutions will not harm your amenities and your warranty will remain for its duration.

Written By: S. McGuire

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