A quality patio or outdoor furniture set is an investment. Increase its lifespan by ensuring you provide proper care in every season.
Here are a few easy-to-follow tips and solutions for protecting your patio set, hanging chairs and other outdoor furniture.
Outdoor Furniture Sunscreen
UV rays can be extremely damaging to all types of outdoor furniture, from wood and metal to plastic. Take note of the sun exposure your furniture is put through every day and act accordingly. It helps if the furniture is under a covered patio. But also be aware of the slanted afternoon or morning sun that can creep in under the patio roof. That creepy sun can cause pretty severe damage in less than one season.
You can combat sun damage by either applying a good quality furniture sun protectant (available at most outdoor and hardware stores as a spray application) or simply opting for physical protection in the form of removable fabric covers.
Outdoor Furniture Raincoat
Too much water can be just as bad as too much sun. Constant dampness can wreak havoc for wooden furniture and soft upholstery. The best way to avoid this is to ensure that the furniture is under a roof that doesn’t leak or even to bring your outdoor furniture inside when you know that there’s a big storm approaching. Waterproof furniture covers are also readily available at most hardware stores and patio furniture stores.
Wind is Not Your Outdoor Furniture’s Friend
The same protection measures go for excessive wind. Being battered by gale-force winds can lead to structural damage. It is best practice to keep your outdoor furniture properly secured outside or even bring it indoors when you know that extreme weather is on the way.
Clean your furniture regularly. Avoid dirt and grime build-up to extend the lifespan of your furniture and keep it in a ready-to-use state. It’s unpleasant when you have to dust, wipe and de-bug your seating 5 minutes before the guests arrive.
Seal wooden furniture seasonally. There are various non-sticky, non-smelly waxed based wooden sealants available, that double as water and UV shields.
Store any loose, soft upholstery like pillows and cushions in a clean, dry place. Even though many materials can withstand rain and sun these days, why not take that little bit of extra care and ensure that your investment remains a joy for years to come.
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