As beautiful as these adornments can be to your patio, lawn or backyard, outdoor furniture takes quite a bit of punishment from elements such as sun, wind, rain, etc. It is also subject to normal wear and tear. This is why it is always a good idea to have a plan to protect your outdoor furnishings. So, as we slowly move through summer and people are gathering outdoors more often for parties and the like, we would like to suggest these tips to help you protect your outdoor furniture.
- Read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions: Not only will following the manufacture’s care instruction help you protect your furniture and extend its life, it will also help you to avoid voiding any warranty that came with it.
- Choose your furniture wisely: Choose furniture made of materials that can withstand the sun’s UV rays and/or that can withstand the rain. Buy cushions that won’t easily fade in the direct sunlight.
- Use awnings and patio covers: The sun causes even the highest quality outdoor furniture to fade over time. Solid patio covers and awnings can help protect your furniture from the damaging effects of the sun. Our patio covers in Roseville block the sun’s UV rays and add value and beauty to your home. Our lattice pergolas add a touch of elegance to your home as well.
- Clean your furniture often: Sweep off chairs, sofa etc the moment debris begins to collect on them. Use a soft-bristle brush and warm water so as not to damage these items.
- Use gentle cleansers: Regardless of what material your furnishings are made from, use mild cleansers such as dishwashing liquid to clean them. You may also wish to invest in a lint-free cloth to wipe off upholstery. Chlorine bleach, pine oil, or abrasive cleansers, unless directed by the manufacturer, should never be used on your furniture.
- Use material specific care: Different materials can require different handling. Wicker furniture, for example, should be cleaned periodically with mild soap and water in order to extend its life. Aluminum furnishings are more durable than wicker but can be damaged by abrasive cleansers.
Finally, mold, mildew and pests are also enemies of outdoor furnishings. The key is to maintain a regular cleaning schedule. You may also wish to establish care rules for guests and family members who will be using your furniture. Enjoy the rest of your summer!