Your patio experience won’t be complete without furniture pieces where you can sit and relax to enjoy your landscape view and welcome and entertain your guests and visitors. The characteristics of good outdoor patio furniture include superior durability, good weather resistance, great look, and low maintenance.
However, your chairs, tables, and other patio furniture pieces wear and tear with time, and natural elements and other factors reduce their lifespan. That’s why proper care and maintenance are important to help your patio furniture last longer.
Below are some helpful care and maintenance tips for your patio furniture:
1. Keep Outdoor Cushions Clean
One of the common materials for outdoor cushion covering is acrylic because it’s easy to clean. This material also resists moisture and mildew formation.
If you have an outdoor teak patio chair or any seating with cushions, it’s important to keep the cushions clean. By doing so, you can prevent pests and harmful microorganisms from thriving in your outdoor cushions.
Here’s how to clean patio furniture cushions:
- Clean The Spots And Stains: Before you clean the cushions, remove them from the frame. Spot clean with soap and water if there are stains or spots using a sponge or clean cloth. Rinse the area with clean water and dry completely to avoid mildew growth.
- Get Rid Of Mold: You can eradicate the mold by cleaning your patio cushions with a solution consisting of two cups of laundry detergent, a cup of bleach, and a gallon of water. Spray the solution on the entire cushion and let it sit for 30 minutes. Use a sponge or clean cloth to scrub the cushions. Next, rinse with clean water and dry the cushions thoroughly.
2. Revamp Your Patio Furniture
One of the home improvement projects you can work on during your free time is to revamp your patio furniture. You can check home improvement ideas online or watch video tutorials on how to redesign your furniture pieces and make them even more durable and longer-lasting.
Check out the following ways on how to upgrade the look of your patio furniture pieces:
- Stain: You can stain natural wood patio furniture to make them more durable, looking shiny, and weather resistant. If you prefer a natural-wood look, you can apply several coats of exterior spar varnish that provides better protection than oil. Choose one that contains added ultraviolet ray or UV blockers. Avoid using deck stains and penetrating finishes because they don’t offer adequate untreated wood UV protection outdoors.
- Paint: Paint can block ultraviolet rays. So, painting your patio furniture is better than applying a clear finish. Before you apply exterior latex paint, you need to apply a quality exterior primer first. The same is true if you prefer to use oil-based paint.
- Add Furniture Covers And Accessories: You can make your patio furniture more aesthetically pleasing by adding some accessories such as colorful and new pillowcase designs for your throw pillows. You can protect your furniture by placing waterproof fabric covers, such as tough canvas, especially during winter.
- Cover Your Patio: If you have an open patio, you can add a tarpaulin using a few grommets, cord, and eye-bolt screws. You can extend the tarpaulin from the eaves of the house to a nearby fence and latch it on tightly.
3. Repair Broken or Damaged Parts
If your outdoor patio furniture table or chairs have cracks, holes, or wiggling stands, it’s time to repair them to avoid more damage and before they also cause safety issues. You can repair them if you have basic carpentry skills and tools at home. If not, you can hire a professional to do it.
The basic tools and materials to use for furniture repair include the following:
- Hand Tools: The hand tools you’ll need for furniture repair include a hammer, mallet, screwdriver, a handsaw, clamps, pliers, wood chisel, and nailsets.
- Materials: The materials you need to prepare for wood refinishing after the repair include a thick stripper (paint removal) and a thin stripper (finish removal). You also need a power sander, wipe-on stains, cloth, fine steel wool, paste wax, and odds and ends.
Care and maintenance for your outdoor furniture pieces should include careful spot cleaning and getting rid of mold, especially with outdoor cushions. Be careful when choosing new finishes when upgrading the look of your patio furniture.
Always prioritize maintaining the durability of your outdoor furniture by adding covers. Try to strike a good balance between aesthetics, functionality, and longevity so you can enjoy your patio furniture as a place for bonding experiences for many years to come.
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