In the following sentence the use of "need cleaned" sounds incrorrect, but it is ok?
The chairs need cleaned up a little bit because they have gotten dusty.
The reason it sounds incorrect is because "need" shows present-tense necessity while "needed" shows past-tense action, and your adverb clause obviates that you meant present-tense action:
If you like how it sounds right now, then clean it up (hur, hur) with an infinitive phrase:
"The chairs need to be cleaned up a little bit because they have gotten dusty."
"The chairs needed to be cleaned up a little bit because they had gotten dusty."
"The chairs are needing a little bit of cleaning because they have gotten dusty."
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