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How to Clean Garden Statues

By Mandi Rogier ; Updated September 21, 2017

Garden statues can dress up your outdoor space and give it distinct character. Unfortunately, these pieces of outdoor decor are susceptible to the elements and can quickly become dirty. A regular annual or semi-annual cleaning will help keep your garden statues glowing and clean year-round.

Rinse the entire statue thoroughly with clean water. Use a toothbrush, new paintbrush or small soft scrub brush to get into nooks and crannies and scrub out the dirt and grime with water. In some cases, this may be all that your statue needs to look refreshed.

Scrub the statue gently with a mild mixture of liquid dish soap and water or a home cleaner, such as Simple Green. Use a soft scrub brush and work in circular motions over the surface of the statue. If you are working with wood, work with the grain. Use a toothbrush or new paintbrush to get into small crevices.

Rinse the statue thoroughly to remove any traces of soap residue.

Allow the statue to dry thoroughly. If you are working with a concrete piece that uses water, such as a fountain or birdbath, apply a water sealant before refilling it. Use a soft sponge to apply the sealant to the surface of the statue and allow it to dry completely before filling with water.

Apply a paste wax to the surface of the statue if it is made from bronze. Use a clear wax and soft rag to gently wax the surface of the statue.


Things You Will Need

  • Small brush
  • Liquid dish soap
  • Water sealant
  • Paste wax
  • Soft cloth


  • Drain and cover fountains and birdbaths in the winter, and keep painted pieces in a covered area away from ice and snow.

About the Author


Mandi Rogier is a freelance writer who enjoys writing about a wide range of topics. As a previous employee of Walt Disney World, she enjoys writing travel articles that make use of her extensive knowledge of Orlando theme parks.