Indulging in outdoor activities is the perfect way to unwind during the warmer months but garden furniture will deteriorate quickly if not cared for properly. This makes care for outdoor furniture a must, especially if you want to enjoy your investment’s aesthetic qualities and functionality for many years to come. The way in which you should care for your outdoor furniture will depend on its construction and materials but a regular maintenance schedule is necessary to keep it in optimum condition all year round.
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Wooden outdoor furniture is ideal for longevity, particularly against the elements, but it does need to be maintained properly to maximise its lifespan. Wooden furniture should be treated with at least two coats of external gloss varnish which can be cleaned with soapy water when necessary. It is important to ensure that all soapy residues are washed off with clean water. Any damage to the varnished surface should be treated to ensure that no exposed wood deteriorates in wet weather. Avoid contact with chemicals such as pesticides and, during winter, store wooden furniture indoors.
Wicker is among the easiest outdoor material to maintain, especially if it is manufactured to be weatherproof. Firstly, remove any cushions and spray the furniture with a pressure washer or hose on a low setting. Any lingering remnants of dirt can be lightly scrubbed off with a soapy sponge before washing with clean water to remove residues. Applying a thin layer of wax to the furniture will help to protect it against wear and also give it a gleam that is sure to impress your guests.
Care for outdoor furniture doesn’t come much easier than looking after metal tables and chairs, which can be rinsed with water using a pressure washer or hose to remove loose dirt. Warm, soapy water will help to remove more stubborn marks. Modern metal outdoor furniture is often resistant to rust so needs only light maintenance; paste wax can be applied to furniture which is not rust-free to ensure that it remains in unspoilt condition. Any patches of flaking paint should be sanded down and cleaned before being repainted in a matching colour.