The changing weather has a massive impact on the condition of your outdoor furniture. Whether it’s windy, rainy, or foggy outside, the atmosphere can quickly turn your expensive patio set dusty, rusty, or cracked.
For example, certain wood types such as redwood, teak, and cedarwood cannot withstand moisture due to natural preservatives in their composition.
On the other hand, softer wood types are chemically treated; hence, they are not susceptible to water damage.
Whether you own a pair of garden chairs, an outdoor sofa set, or a hammock, it is crucial to protect your outdoor furniture from the harsh weather outside.
Protecting Your Outdoor Furniture from Seasonal Changes
Here is a list of ways to protect your outdoor furniture from damage during all seasons.
1. Keep It Neat and Clean
Even if you cover your outdoor furniture with a piece of cloth or plastic tarp, it is still likely to collect dirt and dust due to the changing weather conditions.
Therefore, cleaning your outdoor furniture more often using a mild oil-based dish soap mixed with warm water and a sponge to remove grime and residual stains is best.
Let the furniture dry completely before adding cushions or patio furniture covers back on it.
Some chairs need special attention:
- Metal garden pieces, especially cast iron furniture corrodes easily. Applying a thin layer of paste wax after cleaning will help to prevent further wear.
- To prevent dirt and mildew, clean a mesh patio chair, like a sling pool chair, at least every three months.
2. Protect Fabric
Adding cushions to your wrought iron chairs is a great way to enhance comfort.
But those cozy cushions are susceptible to discoloration due to water stains or excessive sunlight.
Choose durable, water-resistant materials for cushions to last a long time. All outdoor products should be durable, from seating to pillows to rugs.
However, you can also spray fabric protectors on your outdoor cushions to prevent weather damage.
Luckily, these patio furniture cover fabrics can be washed to maintain quality and texture.
3. Add Some Shade
Keeping your patio furniture out of direct sunlight is the best way to protect it from fading upon exposure to damaging UV rays.
Adding a patio umbrella won’t cover every inch of your outdoor furniture.
Therefore, installing a patio sunshade is an excellent way to add an extra layer of protection to your outdoor furniture. Here’s how to measure a patio umbrella in detail.
4. Plan Beforehand
Weather can be very unpredictable at times. However, if your local news channel announces a heatwave or extreme weather in the following week, cover up your outdoor furniture or store it under a shed.
In such situations, wind can pull away from the furniture within a few seconds; hence, moving it to a safe space can protect it against a thunderstorm or UV rays.
Depending on the material and design, patio furniture is susceptible to damage due to seasonal changes.
Using the abovementioned tips and ideas, you can prepare your outdoor furniture against harsh weather conditions and extend its life to another five years.
When buying new furniture, consider:
- Whether the furniture is directly under the open sky or under the protection of a canopy.
- Whether furniture should be wiped after rain.
- Whether the pillows get wet.
- Where to store furniture during the winter.
- How to clean furniture.
- How can you dispose of old, unnecessary furniture?
The Bottom Line
Maintaining your patio furniture regularly according to the manufacturer’s instructions will keep it clean and in good condition.
Check the seller’s advice on the proper care products for your garden furniture.