Outdoor furniture is exposed to many elements such as bright sun, moisture, cold, pollen, and insects, and despite the investment, many owners display furniture outside without thinking about protection. However, keeping your furniture in top condition is not difficult. As a general rule for all types of furniture, keep it clean and shelter it in harsh extremes. You can use these tips to protect your outdoor furniture from the elements.
Purchase furniture designed for outdoor use. This is especially important for wooden and wicker furniture which is damaged easily by sun, rain, and humidity.
Protection and Covers
During lengthy periods of non-use, move your furniture into a protected area. Either into covered patio area, a garage or even stacked into your lounge.
Well fitted covers provide good protection and are convenient and relatively, compared to the cost of the furniture, inexpensive. Coverings can be bought in a variety of materials and in different sizes for specific pieces of furniture and climates.
Finishes and Repellents
If you don’t have weather resistant furniture, take steps to protect it by painting it or applying an exterior varnish or water repellent, especially for wooden pieces. Avoid finishes with an oily residue as they will attract outdoor debris. For wicker furniture, apply paste wax. Avoid putting wooden tables in grass, or soak the legs in wood preserver for added protection.
Keep Your Furniture Clean
Wash outdoor furniture immediately when you notice pollen, insects, droppings, and other natural debris. These particles, if left remaining on your furniture can be absorbed or leave a sticky layer that is corrosive. Wipe down furniture with a mild solution of detergent and water whenever you see an excessive build up of dirt. Dry it after wet periods.
If you have furniture near a pool or garden, hose it down periodically as chlorine or chemicals can be damaging.