This is the time of year when we tend to spend a lot of time sitting on our back decks while enjoying our patio furniture. After all, the sun is warmer, the days are longer and there’s something about the fresh summer air that beckons us to embrace all that the outdoors has to offer. However, if we don’t make a point to protect our patio furniture, it could mean having to go shopping for a new set before the next year rolls around. And that could be a bit on the pricey side.
That’s why we wanted to provide you with a few easy and effective ways to protect your patio furniture. If you keep these five tips, you will have pieces that will last you this year, next summer and several more seasons to follow.
Keep it clean. Being that patio furniture is exposed to all kinds of outdoor elements, you definitely want to do all that you can in order to keep it clean. Some dish soap, borax and a half cup of peroxide is good for vinyl. OxiClean is wonderful on wood. Soapy water is ideal for metal. Just make sure to use a sponge to apply these solutions, to then thoroughly rinse your furniture off with water and to also towel dry when done.
Keep some fabric protector. When it comes to maintaining the upholstery of your patio furniture, another wise thing to do after washing it, is to spray a bit of fabric protector. Wal-Mart, Overstock and Home Depot all carry products that come at a really inexpensive price.
Keep maintaining the frames. Sometimes wooden patio furniture does not last simply due to the fact that the sun’s rays and the high amount of humidity damages it. That’s why it’s also a good idea to protect the furniture’s frames as well. As it relates to what’s the best thing for your wooden furniture, we recommend that you use paint because the pigments that are in it will help to shield your furniture from the UV rays. When it comes to protecting metal or plastic furniture frames, applying some furniture protector with a paint brush should do the trick.
Keep repellants away. Whether it’s your teak furniture for inside areas or your patio furniture in your backyard, something that you definitely want to keep away from your fabrics is bug repellant. Aside from the fact that you probably don’t want the scent to get trapped into your furniture, many of them tend to have quite a bit of oil in their formulas which can leave unsightly stains and in some cases, even cause a bit of stickiness and residue.
Keep it covered. When it’s time to cover your patio furniture up for the year, while it’s a good idea to move it into a shed or garage, make sure to also put something over it that will keep it from experiencing any tears, fabric fading or mold or mildew. If you’re looking for some inexpensive brands, Martha Stewart has an Everyday Garden cover that is under $30 and Sears has a Garden Oasis set that’s under $45.