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Cleaning garden gnomes - how it's done

Cleaning garden gnomes - how it's done

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As in the house, the decoration in the garden has to be cleaned from time to time. Here's a post on how to clean garden gnomes.

Not everyone likes garden gnomes

Garden gnomes have certainly achieved cult status in our gardens over the past few years. Even if they are not for everyone, they delight us with their lovely sight in the neighboring garden. Incidentally, the garden gnome is a purely German invention and was first offered to the general public at a Leipzig trade fair more than a hundred years ago.

There are different garden gnomes

Of course, the little fellows have to be cleaned regularly, so that they give their owners a lot of fun. When it comes to maintenance, a distinction must be made as to whether it is a traditionally made terracotta garden gnome or a much cheaper and shatterproof plastic garden gnome. Garden gnomes made of gypsum are also rarely offered in specialist shops, but this is not advisable since they are not weatherproof and break quickly.

You must also note that garden gnomes are usually not winter-proof and must be moved to a frost-free room every year in late autumn. And this is the ideal time to carry out a thorough cleaning of the individual dwarfs. Otherwise, you should do some cleaning before setting up the garden gnomes.

Clean garden gnomes properly

»Clean glazed terracotta dwarf:

Garden gnomes made of fired clay require more maintenance. Nevertheless, they usually appear more natural, even if they have been artistically painted (usually made by hand).

Glazed clay dwarfs with a burnt clay glaze are ideal for cleaning. For cleaning, you should provide a bucket of water in which you put a little ordinary washing-up liquid. With this lye and a sponge, you can then free the dwarfs of dirt and verdigris. Finally rinse again with water and let the dwarfs air dry.

»Clean natural terracotta dwarfs:

However, you should soak the natural terracotta dwarfs over several hours. To do this, prepare a bucket filled with water. Add a dash of vinegar essence and a little citric acid. After soaking, brush the dwarfs clean with a fine brush and then put them in the sun to dry.


Special terracotta impregnations (e.g. at Amazon) are now also available. It is best to treat the little dwarfs with such an impregnation in the spring after a thorough cleaning.

»Clean plastic dwarf:

The plastic dwarf is certainly much easier to maintain, especially since verdigris rarely forms on the smooth surface and, depending on the processing, even cleaning in a conventional dishwasher is possible.

Less well processed plastic dwarfs, so-called cheap products, can be soaked in a soapy water, washed off with a soft cloth and then washed off with a watering can. Finally let all dwarfs air dry or dry with a cotton cloth.