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How To Maintain Outdoor Furniture

How To / May 28,2013

Having quality outdoor furniture can make a big difference to the style, look and function of your home, but if you want your outdoor furniture items to look good and last for as long as possible you need to maintain them well. The following takes a brief look at some of the things that you can do to help maintain your outdoor furniture.

 

Keep It Clean

If you want your outdoor furniture to last for more than just one season it is vital that you do a good job of keeping it clean, because regardless of what your outdoor furniture is made from it is sure to deteriorate a lot quicker if you let dirt and grime accumulate on it. So to get the longest life possible out of your outdoor furniture it is wise to make cleaning it part of your weekly routine, because even if this is all you do to maintain your furniture it will make a significant difference.

 

Cover It

One of the biggest threats to outdoor furniture is the damage that can be done to it by the sun, so if you want to try and maintain the look and quality of your outdoor items it is a smart move to cover them up. Whether you use outdoor cushions, blankets or covers to protect your outdoor furniture? the difference can mean extending its life by up to several seasons, so if you want to do everything you can to maintain your outdoor furniture consider investing in a few protective accessories for them.

 

Protect It From Wild Weather

Extreme weather can cause all sorts of damage to outdoor furniture, so if you know that there is some particularly harsh weather on the way it is a smart move to bring your furniture inside so that it will be protected from whatever Mother Nature has in store. While you won't be able to protect your furniture from every downpour or windstorm, if you have the time and space to bring your furniture inside before wild weather hits you definitely should, because you may end up saving your furniture from unnecessary damage.

 

Get To Know Your Furniture

The best way to maintain your outdoor furniture will depend on what it is made from, because different materials need different types of maintenance in order to keep them looking good. Aluminium outdoor furniture is best cared for by gently polishing it with a soft rag dipped in a mixture of warm water and white vinegar, whereas wood furniture needs to be either oiled or painted and then treated with some sort of sealant. So whatever outdoor furniture you own get to know it as best as you can, and make sure that you are doing all you can to keep it looking good for as long as possible. While it will take time and effort to keep your outdoor furniture looking good, the better job you do maintaining it the longer it will last. So unless you can afford to buy new outdoor furniture every year, make sure that you are taking the maintenance of those outdoor items you have seriously.

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