Outdoor patio furniture is a great element in any backyard; after all, summer weather is all about barbecues and spending time outdoors. The only downside to outdoor or wicker patio furniture is that it requires more maintenance than regular furniture. Unfortunately, outdoor patio furniture is subject to elements and we all know how Mother Nature can spring a thunderstorm on us at any time. That’s why it’s important to have a good maintenance plan in place, so you can continue to enjoy the many summer barbecues ahead. To keep your outdoor patio furniture looking as good as new, try following these simple steps:
Read the labels
Most outdoor patio furniture will come with maintenance directions. These will often give you care suggestions as well as a list of unsuitable products. Whether you have wood, metal, plastic or wicker patio furniture, ensure you are familiar with the proper care guidelines. This will also ensure you do not void any warranties.
One of the best ways to maintain your outdoor patio furniture is by cleaning it on a regular basis. It’s important to understand what cleaning method is best suited for your furniture. Wood and metal furniture should be scrubbed with a sponge; they can also be wiped down and pressure-washed – just be careful not to peel off any paint. Wicker patio furniture can be hosed down. Wicker patio furniture can also be vacuumed with a brush attachment, which will help ensure any and all dirt is removed from the pliable weaves. Regardless of material, try to use gentle cleaners and avoid harsh ones, such as bleach, unless previously tested.
Another easy way to protect your patio furniture is to, well, use protectant. Again, the method of protectant used will depend on the type of furniture have. Possible protectants may include: paint, clear varnish, specialty protectant, stain and water repellents and/or upholstery protectant. Just make sure if you are choosing a repellent, to avoid any with high percentages of oil, as this can attract and stick dirt and debris to your furniture.
Store what you can
Although it may not be practical to constantly be moving chairs and tables inside and outside, try removing the smaller items, such as cushions. Try to store cushions in a dry place, such as a storage container, garage, shed or ideally inside. Storing your cushions will ensure no water penetrates the material, which will help reduce the chances of mold or mildew. Aesthetically, it will also help protect upholstery from fading caused by the sun.
Invest in a furniture cover
If you’re concerned about your outdoor patio furniture getting worn or damaged, try investing in a furniture cover. Although covers will not protect your wood, metal, plastic or wicker patio furniture from the heat, they will certainly help reduce water penetration as well as damage from UV rays.