As the summer heat warms us from within, our backyards and patios become our favorite places to spend time. However, our beloved outdoor sets can suffer damage from the sun and rain. We must take care of these exterior gems to keep using them throughout the year. In this article, we’ll explore helpful advice and real-world strategies for prolonging the life of your outdoor set. We’ll show you everything you need to know, from washing methods to preventative measures, to keep your outdoor space looking great all summer long.
Weather can harm outdoor furniture in many ways.
Your patio set should serve you well for many years if you take the time to learn how to keep it clean and weatherproof. Wooden garden furniture is lovely and more organic appearing, but it may need regular upkeep. Pine and oak are excellent examples of inexpensive timber that can stand up well with proper staining and sealing, but they are also more likely to deform, fracture, and decay over time.
Teak, mahogany, and redwood are more costly than pine and oak, but they may be a superior option. These woods can naturally endure the weather with little care on your part.
Wrought iron is a strong metal, but it does need care and upkeep to stay that way. Most metals can be repaired by polishing and painting, but regular upkeep is required to prevent further corrosion once rust appears. Aluminum is superior to other metals for patio furnishings.
Powder-coated metal is both aesthetically pleasing and highly weatherproof. The covering prevents corrosion and ultraviolet rays from damaging the furnishings.
Deck and yard furniture made of plastic or acrylic is a common option because of its low cost and broad design options. While plastic furniture requires little upkeep, it can fade and fracture from exposure to UV radiation and can easily become discolored or permanently stained.
Advice on Maintaining Your Patio Set
Protecting and cleaning your outdoor furnishings is essential to extending their life, no matter how much you paid for it or how little upkeep it requires. Outdoor furnishings can get fairly filthy from season to season due to spillage and general dust. Knowing how to sanitize wood, metal, and cloth outdoor furniture before, during, and after summer is essential for keeping it in good condition.
Stains can appear on high-tech outdoor textiles like polyester, and quick-dry foam can degrade if not cleaned immediately. Soap and water should be used to clean outdoor textiles because various cleansers have varying effects on natural and manufactured materials.
The key to saving any cloth from permanent damage is prompt attention to spillage. Covers that come off easily can be washed in the washing machine. To avoid mold and fungus growth, the interior padding should be cleaned and dried as soon as possible.
Cleaning wrought iron and other metal outdoor furnishings with detergent and water is sufficient. Rust can be avoided if you don’t scrape too harshly and damage the surface. Outdoor furnishings made of plastic or composite can be kept clean with a quick brush down after a mishap and the occasional washing. Instead of using cleansers that contain abrasives that could damage the surface, use an all-purpose cleaning. When plastic furniture gets particularly grimy, wash it with a garden spigot and then rub it down with your cleanser and a towel or rag.
Reaching for the pressure washer to rapidly clean your rattan, teak, or other wood outdoor furniture may be enticing, but the powerful discharge could leave unsightly scars or damage. Use a gentle brush or cloth, light oil detergent, soap, and water to wash away debris delicately.
A toothbrush could be useful for cleaning rattan, as it could reach into the crevices more easily. There are many commercially available cleansing and protecting products suitable for timbers like teak and oak; however, teak oil should be avoided due to its potential to promote fungus growth.
Make sure to clean and dry your outdoor furnishings completely before storing them away for the winter, no matter what kind you have. It’s still a good idea to give your outdoor furnishings a fast washing at the start of summer, even if you’ve been able to keep them protected from the weather.
Tips for Weatherproofing Outdoor Furniture
Protecting outdoor furnishings from the sun’s ultraviolet radiation and rain is as important as knowing how to sanitize them. Fabric awnings do double duty by shading your family and patio set from the hot heat. You can further shield your furnishings from the elements with a patio canopy or umbrella. Extra effort is required to keep mold and fungus at bay, but outdoor furniture covers provide nearly foolproof protection from the weather.
The most important factors in protecting wood patio furnishings from the weather and moisture are the type of timber used and the polish applied. Paint is an effective barrier against water and ultraviolet light but masks the wood’s original texture. Paint must be reapplied occasionally to hide signs of wear and tear like fading, flaking, and cracking. A water sealant is the best way to prevent dampness from damaging wood while maintaining its natural appearance. Wood patio furnishings protected with varnish must only be reapplied once every two years.
Metal patio sets and chairs quickly rust when left outside. There are ways to keep wrought iron and other metals looking new beyond just keeping them clean and selecting items with a “weather resistant” coating. Waxing your vehicle regularly will produce a protective covering that will resist water and lengthen the surface’s life, which is important in avoiding corrosion.
Greasing movable components frequently prevents rust and corrosion by reducing friction between metal parts. Repairing deep dents and cracks requires rubbing the affected area with fine steel wool, followed by rust-preventing priming, paint, and a final layer of varnish or sealant.
Cleaning Outdoor Pillows
The most long-lasting seats and pillows have quick-dry padding and a rayon or plastic cover. These materials are low-maintenance, resistant to shrinkage and warping, and less susceptible to fading from weather and UV radiation than other textiles. Cleaning outdoor seats is simple once you know how, but maintaining the habit can be difficult.
You can extend the life of your outdoor furniture and its pillows by learning how to sanitize them properly. Put washing outdoor seats on your to-do list for the spring and autumn seasons before we get into the specifics. Time to start sanitizing the patio furniture cushions.
Clean the Outdoor Furniture Pillows
To remove grime and debris, shake your pillows and clean all sides of the outdoor cushion with the upholstery tool. Cushion covers should be vacuumed while still on the pillows to ensure that all pleats and crevices are reached.
Take Off Your Outdoor Pillow Covers
To clean the padding in your outdoor cushions, remove the covers and give them gentle vacuuming on all sides. Cushions for your terrace should be air-dried and disinfected in the sun if feasible.
Clean the Covers of Your Cushions
Cleaning outdoor furniture is easy once you know how. If the care label indicates that machine cleaning is appropriate, then please take your pillowcases to the laundry room and do so. Here are three simple strategies for hand-washing your pillowcases:
- You can manually wash the pillowcases in a sink full of water and dish soap and then use a quarter cup of baking soda to eliminate any lingering stains or mildew.
- Put the covers in water for 15 minutes.
- Take the wet pillows outside and deposit them in a container.
- Soft external water can be used to launder the covers.
- Roll them in covers before setting them out to dry to decrease the amount of moisture remaining in the linens.
When the weather is nice, you can put the covers back on your outdoor chairs after you’ve let them dry and spray them with a fabric protector. Even the best fabric shielding is useless against severe weather or intense sunlight. When not used, cushions should be stored somewhere dry and protected from the weather.