Mother nature can be cruel to outdoor furniture, especially in the warm summer months. Not only does the sun age and fade any wood, wicker and the cushions, but the wind and rain have damaging and lasting effects. Winter will also take a toll so storing it properly is essential. Since you’ll want to enjoy your outdoor furniture for many years to come, here is a guide to protecting it from the elements.
Protect from Summer Elements
Before you can properly prevent the heat and sun from damaging your outdoor furniture, you’ll want to make sure it’s clean. Just about all types can be cleaned with mild soap, water, and a sponge. Maintaining its appearance is the first step in preventative care.
· Remove all of the cushions from the frame
· Using the sponge, wipe down the frame with soapy water
· If wood furniture, you may want to use a scrub brush instead of a sponge
· Rinse frame with water (a hose will be fastest)
· Allow the frame to dry completely before putting the cushions or upholstery back on
· Apply a furniture protector (can be purchased in a home improvement store)
While the furniture protector is drying, start cleaning the upholstery and cushions. They can also be cleaned with a sponge and mild soapy water, and then rinse them with clean water. Make sure to let the cushions and upholstery air dry completely before using or storing them in order to prevent mildew. To prevent the cushions from fading or discoloring from being exposed to the sun, apply a fabric protector at the beginning of the season.
Another way to protect and prolong the life of your outdoor furniture is to use waterproof covers when not in use.
While it may be tempting to leave your patio furniture out all year round, if you live in a climate that experiences cold weather, you’ll need to store it for the season. We recommend investing in quality waterproof covers and storing in a dry location such as a shed or garage.
If storing in a dry location isn’t possible, at least remove the cushions and put indoors, then make sure as much of the frame is covered as possible.
Additional Preventative Care and Maintenance Tips for Outdoor Wood Furniture
· Try to avoid using natural oils as this will lead to mildew fungi which speeds up the deterioration process
· If possible, avoid placing wood furniture directly on the grass because the moisture from the ground may promote early decay of the wood over time.
· Avoid using water repellents because particles in the air tend to stick to the surface, causing the need to be cleaned more often.
Once you’ve taken the time to choose the perfect outdoor furniture for your porch, patio, or deck, you want to be able to enjoy it for as long as possible. Protecting it from the effects of mother nature is the best way to ensure that!
Take a look at Outdoor Furniture Comforts variety of seating and table options to make your outdoor porch, patio, deck, or yard the perfect gathering spot. Don’t forget the accessories and once you’ve created your outdoor retreat, take a picture and share it on our Facebook Page wall!
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