Summer is a time for fun in the sun, and what better way to enjoy the outdoors than by relaxing on your own patio furniture? If you’re like most people, you’ll probably be using your outdoor furniture quite a bit this summer. But before you can start enjoying it, you need to make sure that it’s properly protected from the elements. If you don’t look after your furniture, you’ll soon need replacements rather than enjoying them year after year.
Put Them Away or Invest in Covers
One of the best ways to protect your outdoor furniture from damage is to put them away when not in use. This helps minimize the chance of them being damaged by rain and wind, as well as preventing the sun from fading them. If you don’t have the space to put your furniture away, then you should invest in good quality covers to keep your furniture clean and dry when not in use, as well as protect them from the sun and wind.
Avoid Certain Materials
When choosing your outdoor furniture, it’s important to choose materials that are more resistant to the elements. Avoid furniture made of softwoods, such as pine or cedar, which can warp and rot in wet weather. Instead, look for materials such as teak, wicker, resin or aluminium. These materials are built to withstand the elements and will keep your furniture looking great for longer.
Whether it’s an outdoor bar table and stool set or a simple sofa set, make sure you buy quality furniture. After all, quality pieces will last longer and not need replacing as often. It’s worth investing a bit more money for furniture that will last for years (if this is indeed your goal with outdoor furniture!).
Keep it in the Shade
When you’re not using your furniture, store it away and keep it out of direct sunlight if possible. Prolonged exposure to the sun can quickly fade the colour and cause premature wear and tear. Sadly, this makes outdoor furniture look drab and dull over time.
How does the sun harm outdoor furniture? Sunlight is composed of ultraviolet (UV) radiation, and this is what causes colour fading over time. UV radiation can damage the plastic, fabric, and metal components of outdoor furniture. The best way to protect your investment is to keep it in the shade as much as possible when not in use.
Be Careful with Cleaning Products
Many people use harsh chemical cleaners to clean their outdoor furniture. However, these types of products can also lead to premature wear and tear. If you must use a cleaning product, make sure it is designed specifically for outdoor furniture and follow the instructions carefully.
Check for Damage Regularly
Inspecting your outdoor furniture regularly is key to catching any damage early on. Look for signs of wear and tear such as rust, cracks, peeling paint, and scratches. If you find any areas that need attention, take care of them immediately to prevent further damage. If you have a unique, handcrafted piece, it may be worth having a professional inspect it for any weak spots before the summer months.
Follow the Instructions
Finally, make sure you follow all the instructions that come with your outdoor furniture. This includes proper assembly, regular maintenance and cleaning, and any other special guidelines. Many manufacturers recommend certain types of cleaning agents, oils, and sealers to keep the furniture in top shape. Depending on the type of material your outdoor furniture is made from, you may need to take specific steps for its care and maintenance.