Of course, outdoor furniture is one of the most durable furniture you would find anywhere you go. However, this does not conclude that outdoor furniture needs little or no maintenance. In this article, I will share with you 5 tips you need to know about maintaining outdoor furniture so that it will survive decades and decades.
But before we take a look at the 5 tips, let’s take a look at different materials that are used in the making of outdoor furniture because they influence the type of maintenance that will be needed.
There are a number of woods used for patio furniture. Any wood can be used to make outdoor furniture but because outdoor furniture is exposed to different weather elements, woods used to make outdoor furniture have different qualities like water-absorbent, rot-resistant, and many more.
Below I have listed some of the woods used in making outdoor furniture
- and cedar
Some metals easily rust and corrode, so cheap quality metal is such a bad idea. Below I have listed some of the metals usually used by manufacturers to make metal outdoor sets.
- cast iron
- mild steel
Metal Outdoor furniture is durable (depends). It can last up to 8 years depending on the maintenance you give it. Please note that metals are first treated hence they have a long life span.
These are modern-day materials and they include plastic, ABS, and synthetic resin wicker. They are preferable as they are lighter, cheap, and easy to maintain.
5 Tips to Maintain your outdoor furniture
Move Furniture During Intense Weather Elements
Don’t leave your patio furniture outside in the rain or snow. The sun and moisture will cause rust to form on the aluminum frames, and can also damage the fabric. It’s also a good idea to move your furniture to a covered area during a downpour.
You can also cover your outdoor furniture with plastic. Build direct says,’…a plastic tarp or an old sheet’.
Non Detergent soap
Use a mixture of non-detergent soap and water to wash your furniture. However, this depends on the type of material used for the outdoor furniture.
Wood and metal do not favor the use of soap and detergents while with synthetics the use of water and soap is no big deal.
Usually, wood ferments when you clean it with water, and cleaning metal with water supports early rusts.
Be sure to check the manufacturer’s instructions for any products you use to clean your patio furniture. Most products will suggest a specific cleaning method. For example, you may need to use a stiff brush to remove any dirt or grime on the surface of the furniture, then hose it down with water.
Clean In A Warm Day
Try to clean your furniture on a warm day, preferably in the sun.
Clean patio furniture on a warm day is a good choice for you. The temperature of the warm day can make your furniture dry quickly (that is if you used water) or gain its sparkle. The sticky dirt can be easily removed under warm weather too.
Avoid using Abrasive Things When Cleaning
Avoid using abrasive things when cleaning your outdoor furniture.
Steel wool or sandpaper can cause scratches on the surface of wood furniture making it look old and worn out. If you need to clean furniture that’s made of wood, you should use a soft cloth or a soft sponge to wipe the furniture down instead.
Have your outdoor furniture professionally cleaned
When it comes to patio furniture, you want to make sure that it’s in good shape and you want to get at least one professional cleaning a year. The professionals can get into all of the nooks and crannies that you can’t and they’re going to get the job done right the first time.
Dear reader, I hope you learned a lot from this article.
How do you plan on maintaining your patio furniture?