Extend the Life of Your Patio Furniture With These 6 Cleaning Tips
Patio furniture can be a large investment. Since it sits outside most of the year, protecting it and cleaning it regularly is essential for maintenance and longevity.
Use these tips for your patio furniture for the upcoming winter months and in harsh weather.
Clean Your Patio Regularly
The most basic action you can take to maintain the furniture's integrity is to clean it regularly. Over time, your patio furniture will collect dust and dirt that can tarnish the exterior finish and leave it worn.
Use gentle, non-abrasive cloths and soft soap with warm water. Make sure to dry your outdoor patio furniture thoroughly. Clean at least once a month for maintenance.
Clean it With Gentle Products
You want your patio furniture to last. If you're routinely cleaning your patio of debris, make sure to use quality, gentle, eco-friendly cleaners. You want to avoid cleaning products with harsh chemicals because they can strip the color and outer layer of paint. Aside from the cleaning product, only use a soft, non-abrasive cloth.
Using a mild cleaning product maintains the integrity of outdoor furniture and ensures its longevity.
Wash Your Patio Furniture Covers
You want to regularly wash your cushion covers to get rid of mold and mildew. Keeping your patio covers clean will help maintain longevity of your fabrics.
However, only use a mild laundry detergent and wash by hand. You need to keep it gentle to preserve the integrity of the fabric.
Seal Your Patio Furniture
Sealing your patio furniture is like putting an extra layer of skin on it. Aside from all our previous tips, this one is significant to protect your patio furniture. An inexpensive scotch guard will work to immensely uphold the surface and longevity of the furniture.
Keep Out of the Sun
Many people assume you can leave your outdoor furniture outside and not worry about it. However, simple routine steps can extend the lifetime of your patio furniture.
We’ve talked about inclement weather, but it’s important not to leave your patio in the hot sun for long periods. Make sure you use an umbrella to protect the outside seal and paint. Otherwise, the sun will quickly dry up the paint and cause cracking, chipping, and peeling.
Always Use a Cover
Whether it’s buying a cover or putting it in a closed space, keeping your patio furniture sets covered during harsh weather conditions will significantly protect the furniture. Aside from sealing, using a cover is the best way to increase the longevity of your purchase.
Another option, if you have room, is to incorporate outdoor furniture into your home during the colder seasons. Not only will you protect your patio furniture investment, but it allows you to redesign your home for a new look!
We know it sounds like a lot to manage your patio furniture. If you invest in high-quality patio furniture, it can last up to 10-20 years, depending on the material. Think how much money you’ll save by protecting your patio furniture proactively!