Your outdoor furniture can take a hiding. From bearing the heat of the sun to surviving heavy rains and maybe even hailstorms now and again. High quality, sturdy outdoor furniture will go the distance but requires some regular TLC to keep it looking its best.
Outdoor fabrics and finishes for designer furniture have improved in durability over recent years but an annual clean will ensure your garden furniture will look immaculate, year round.
Caring for cushions and upholstery
Today’s outdoor fabrics are weatherproof and durable but can get grimy and lose their bright and vibrant colours overtime. However, caring for your outdoor cushions and upholstered outdoor sofas is not a huge chore.
To clean modern outdoor fabric, dust off any surface dirt then dilute mild detergent in water and apply to the upholstery using a sponge or soft bristle brush. Rinse the fabric thoroughly to remove any detergent residue and allow it to dry in sunlight. Once dry, your cushions and upholstery should look as good as new.
Canvas cushion covers can be removed and washed in the washing machine. If the covers aren’t removable, give the canvas a scrub with soapy water and a soft bristle brush then rinse well. This method can also be used on items like deck chairs and canvas awnings to remove tough stains such as bird droppings.
Caring for wicker furniture
If your wicker furniture is in good condition, give it a quick vacuum and wipe with a cloth soaked in a mild detergent solution. Use a bristle brush to remove any really stubborn grime then wipe over with a cloth soaked in plain water to rinse off any suds.
Vintage wicker furniture can also be given a new lease on life with a quick coat of spray paint.
Over time, wicker can dry out and split. To prevent this happening, once or twice a year mist it with a garden hose on a sunny, breezy day then dry your wicker furniture in a shady place.
Maintaining teak furniture
If your teak furniture gets dirty and grimy it can tend to mildew. Once a year, give your teak furniture a good, thorough scrub with an equal dilution of mild detergent and water using plenty of elbow grease and a bristle brush. This should prevent the teak from rotting.
Regular oiling can keep your teak furniture looking great and prevent the grain from drying out and cracking. However, do be careful with the product you use. It’s best to get a product recommendation from the manufacturer or retailer at the time of purchasing your teak furniture.
Caring for metal garden furniture
Metal furniture intended for outdoor use generally has a protective coating to prevent rust, but this finish can wear over time.
Check over any outdoor metal furniture carefully each spring. If you spot any signs of bubbling varnish or the appearance of rust, use sandpaper on the area that shows damage then apply a rust prevention product. Finally, give the entire piece a new coat of paint or varnish.
Bird droppings should be removed from outdoor metal furniture as soon as possible. They are acidic and can damage the furniture’s protective finish. Inspect your garden furniture regularly and remove any bird droppings straight away using a soft cloth and mild detergent.
Designer furniture is all the rage for today’s sophisticated outdoor living and entertaining areas. Purchase the best quality outdoor furniture you can, care for it regularly, and it will continue to look brand new for many years to come.
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