Summary: Read below for some ideas for how you can take care of your outdoor furniture.
Outdoor furniture can be very useful to have. Chairs and tables on your patio, porch, or backyard can be perfect when you want to relax and spend some time outdoors. Since your outdoor furniture will be exposed to the elements outside, you will want to take extra precaution when it comes to maintenance.
Most indoor furniture is only exposed to dust floating around in the air, which is unfortunately not the case with outdoor furniture. If you have any outdoor furniture pieces or are planning on purchasing some in the near future, continue reading for some of the top things to consider when it comes to taking care of them.
Store Them Inside
If you are not going to use your furniture for a few weeks, if you have space in your garage, you should try to store them inside. This will protect them from potential damage from rain, dust, or other particles. This is especially true for standard fabric, which you may find on your outdoor seats.
Keep in mind that there are some kinds of materials that have been designed to handle the elements. There are cushions and hard-surface furniture pieces that have been manufactured with protective coatings on them that can help prevent contact with harsh, outdoor materials from harming, and potentially ruining, them. When shopping for furniture, ask around to make sure the items you are interested in are protected.
Wicker furniture, unfortunately, can get damaged from the sun easily. If you do not plan on using your wicker furniture soon, either cover it well or bring it inside.
Get Rid of Mold
If you live in a humid environment or an area that has been experiencing rainfall lately, you will want to closely examine your furniture for signs of mold. If there is any mold, you should act quickly to remove it. How you can do so will vary, depending on the material of the furniture. For wooden furniture, for example, you can either sand the moldy section down to prevent it from spreading any further.
As a safety precaution, wear gloves and do away with any tools that come in contact with the mold.
Read the Instructions
If you need to clean your outdoor furniture, start by first reading up on the care instructions provided with the items. These instructions will usually tell you how to clean the piece and provide you with a list of techniques or chemicals to avoid.