If you’re looking for a new outdoor furniture set, you want to make sure that it will last for a long time. After all, you don’t want to have to replace your patio furniture every year because it’s falling apart or rusting. You want something that will last and be able to cope with the elements. In this blog, we’ll discuss how to maximise the longevity of your outdoor furniture by caring for it properly and storing it correctly after use.
1. Invest in durable materials
When you’re looking for outdoor furniture, it can be tempting to go with the most affordable option. But if you’re hoping to make your investment last, it’s worth investing in a material that is more durable against the elements
Because of its durability and hard-wearing properties, teak is often considered one of the best materials to use for outdoor furniture. Metal is also an excellent choice; it’s less expensive than teak but has many of the same properties. Making a bigger investment can lead to fewer repairs and replacements needed for outdoor furniture made from weaker materials.
2. Store indoors when not in use
If you have outdoor furniture, storing it indoors is the best way to keep it looking new. In addition to protecting your furniture from the elements, storing it indoors also helps to prevent any cracking or breaking due to prolonged exposure to bad weather or excessively hot or cold temperatures. Indoor storage also helps to protect against any excessive exposure to sunlight, which can cause the materials used in outdoor furniture to fade. It’s particularly important to keep outdoor furniture indoors during the winter months. This will help keep it from collecting moisture and rusting or rotting prematurely.
3. Use furniture covers
If you’re not able to store your outdoor furniture indoors, a good way to protect it from the elements is by using furniture covers. This is an inexpensive way to protect your furniture and keep it in good condition for longer. You can find these covers at most hardware stores and they come in many different sizes. Just make sure that you get one that fits your furniture. Furniture covers are great because they still protect against the elements while allowing air to flow through them so that they don’t trap moisture inside.
4. Wash and clean regularly
It’s important to keep your outdoor furniture clean, particularly if you use it often. If you don’t, dirt and grime can build up and damage the fabric which in turn makes the material less durable. Washing your outdoor furniture regularly is a good way to prevent this from happening. You can hose it down with a low-pressure garden hose or with warm soapy water and a wipe-down with a cloth. This helps to remove any dirt and grime build-up, which can cause permanent staining if left on the furniture for too long.
5. Place in shaded area
Shady areas are best for your outdoor furniture because they protect against fading from UV rays, which can happen quickly if you leave your furniture outdoors. This means that you don’t have to worry about the sun damaging your furniture and having to replace it sooner than expected. Shaded or partially covered areas can also help to protect your furniture from things like bird droppings or heavy rain or hail. Bird droppings can stain your furniture and excessive exposure to heavy rain will do more harm than good to your furniture. So it’s important that you take steps to minimise the risk of that happening.
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