Whilst outdoor furniture manufacturers will suggest you store outdoor furniture undercover when not in use, it’s not necessarily an option for some, due to storage restrictions. So it’s important to maintain your outdoor furniture on a regular basis in order for it to last longer.
Here are 5 handy tips on how to get the best out of your outdoor furniture.
Read the manufacturer’s instructions
First and foremost, always read the manufacturer’s care instructions, if you still have it in a drawer, or if the label is still attached to outdoor furnishings such as cushions. If you have outdoor cushions that have turned yellow or have turned mouldy, the last thing you want to do is use bleach on it, as that could permanently damage the cushions. Read the manufacturer’s instructions and if in doubt, give the manufacturer a call on their customer service number for further advice.
Cover your furniture
If you can’t store it, the next best option is to cover it, when not in use. This will protect your furniture from the wind, rain and sun. You can purchase covers that are designed for tables, patio heaters and umbrellas. Alternatively, if you can’t source one, use a tarpaulin to protect your furniture. That way, when you have guests coming over, you can simply pull the tarpaulin off, fold it up neatly and store it in a cupboard.
Oil or stain your furniture
After several seasons of being outdoors, your timber furniture will start to look grey. To bring it back to life, lightly sand it back and then apply an oil or stain. This will not only look great, it will also help protect your furniture from the elements for another 12 months or so, depending on how much weathering your furniture is subjected to. There are a range of different colours and finishes to choose from. If you oil or stain your furniture on a regular basis and do it before it starts to reach a point where it turns grey, it shouldn’t take long to apply.
Protect your pillows and cushion
If you don’t have room inside your home to store outdoor pillows and cushions, place them in storage bag and pop them in the shed, garage or even outdoor storage, such as an outdoor storage seat. Alternatively, if you are really stuck for storage space, place the cushions or pillows on a chair and push the chair right under the table. This will provide some protection from the harsh elements.
How to fix and maintain your metal furniture
If your metal furniture is starting to show signs of rust, don’t worry! It can be fixed. If you ever see bird droppings on your furniture, wipe it off as soon as you can, as it can be quite acidic and eat through weak spots. To fix rust damage, start by giving the furniture a clean with soapy water and a sponge and then let it dry. Once dry, carefully sand back any areas where rust damage is evident or where the coating has bubbled. Steel wool is perfect for minor rusting, otherwise use a wire brush to remove advanced rust. Apply a rust inhibitor and leave to dry. Once the inhibitor has dried, apply a primer to the bare metal and repaint the furniture to finish the repair.