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Weathering the elements: Tips for maintaining your outdoor furniture

2024-04-16T15:19:19+00:00
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  • Tips for maintaining outdoor furniture.
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Outdoor furniture adds charm and functionality to any backyard or patio, but the elements can take a toll if it’s not properly maintained.

Sun, rain and temperature changes can degrade materials ranging from wood to metal to plastic.

With the right care, however, you can extend the life of your outdoor furniture and keep it looking great for years.

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Maintaining outdoor furniture starts with choosing the right materials

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When purchasing outdoor furniture, choosing the right materials is crucial for long-term durability.

Hardwoods like teak, cedar and eucalyptus are popular for their natural resistance to rot and pests.

Metals, such as aluminum and wrought iron, offer sturdiness and rust resistance when treated with the right kind of protective coating.

Plastics and synthetic resins are also excellent options as they are waterproof and can withstand sun exposure without fading.

Proper cleaning techniques are key

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Regular cleaning is essential to maintaining outdoor furniture for the long-term.

For wood, a soft brush and mild soapy water can remove dirt without damaging the surface. Make sure to let it dry thoroughly to prevent mold growth.

Metal furniture can be wiped down with a damp cloth and mild detergent, while stainless steel may require specific cleaners to avoid streaks.

For plastics and synthetic materials, a simple rinse with a hose and a soft scrubbing brush will usually suffice.

Seasonal storage solutions

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To protect your outdoor furniture during harsh weather, consider seasonal storage.

During winter months, storing furniture in a garage, shed or under waterproof covers can prevent damage from snow and extreme temperatures.

Even during milder seasons, furniture covers can protect against rain, pollen and bird droppings, extending the life of your furniture.

If storage space is limited, choose furniture that is designed to stack or fold, making it easier to shelter when the weather turns bad.

Protective treatments and finishes for outdoor furniture

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Applying protective treatments and finishes can greatly enhance the durability of outdoor furniture.

Wood can be treated with sealants or oils annually to protect against moisture and UV rays.

Metals may need a coat of rust-resistant paint or a clear finish to prevent oxidation. Even plastics can benefit from UV-protective sprays to maintain their color and structural integrity.

By routinely applying these products, you ensure that your furniture withstands the elements and remains in good condition.

Dealing with wear and tear

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Despite all preventive measures, outdoor furniture will eventually show signs of wear and tear.

When this happens, addressing issues promptly can prevent further damage.

Loose screws should be tightened, small rust spots on metal should be sanded and repainted and cracked wood should be filled with wood filler.

For more severe damage, professional repairs or replacement might be necessary. Handling minor repairs yourself can save money and extend the furniture’s life.

Maximizing comfort and style in your backyard

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In addition to maintaining your outdoor furniture for durability, you can also focus on maximizing comfort and enhancing style.

Adding cushions and pillows can provide extra comfort and a splash of color, making your outdoor spaces more inviting.

Choose fabrics designed for outdoor use, as they are fade-resistant and can repel water.

Updating or changing these accessories seasonally allows you to refresh the look of your patio or garden without a significant investment.

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