The backyard or patio is the place to be in the summer and fall and your patio furniture will be getting plenty of action during this time. But with all the enjoyment, be sure you are providing your patio furniture with the right care to ensure they last many summers more.
The good news is that caring for your patio furniture is really not that difficult. In the following article, we will cover 5 steps that can greatly enhance the longevity of your patio furniture.
1. Protect Your Furniture From The Sun & Rain.
Of course, outdoor furniture is supposed to withstand the attrition of the elements, but all that exposure will begin to take its toll. If your furniture is not being used, it needs to be protected from the sunlight, rain, and wind.
This can be covering them with weather-resistant materials or placing them under a protected area of your backyard or patio.
2. Keep your stuff clean
You will preserve the integrity of your patio furniture if you can provide them with a quick wash a week. Patio furniture is sure to collect pollen, dust, mold spores, and other contaminants that can begin to affect the aesthetics and beauty of your furniture.
But there is no need for pressure washing or harsh chemicals, just pick up the twigs and leaves, and hose off the furniture with an average garden hose.
3. Use material-safe cleaning products for deeper cleans
When it comes to preserving the longevity of your patio furniture, you will find that different materials have different cleaning methods. Fabrics can be machine washed and dried in the sun. Wicker furniture can be brushed down with bleach and water to kill molds and mildews and then rinsed down with a garden hose. Wooden furniture can be washed down with a solution of detergent and water and then wiped clean with dry rags.
Metal furniture can be scrubbed with soap and water and then treated with a thin coat of car wax for extra protection — buff that up to shiny perfection.
4. Store cushions when you aren’t using them
Even the sturdiest fabrics will be damaged by the effects of solar exposure, pollen, dust, molds, and mildews. This is why they must be stored somewhere cool and dry when they are not in use. Proper storage will protect your cushions from premature retirement.
Take the time to invest in outdoor storage boxes if you have outdoor space. You can also consider placing these cushions inside when they are not in use.
5. Cover or store your furniture during the off-season
When the summer is over and the outdoor areas will not be in use, your outdoor furniture still needs to be protected from extreme temperatures and precipitation. The cold and wet winter can reduce the longevity of your outdoor furniture.
The best place for storing your outdoor furniture is in a shed or garage, where your items can stay safe from the cold and wind and be ready to use again when spring rolls around.