How to care for and maintain garden furniture

Spring is already here, and summer is on the way. It’s finally time to drag our furniture from storage and enjoy long warm days basking outside in the sun. This last year was a challenging one for all of us, and most people crave spending more time outdoors. And if you have a beautiful garden with a patio or deck, that’s a perfect place for you to relax and recharge your batteries. However, it also means that it’s time to ready your garden furniture for the season. Maintaining your outdoor furniture sets regularly will ensure they stay attractive and protected from elements. After all, you want them to last and give you many years of enjoyment. Here are some valuable and easy tips and tricks on how to care for and maintain garden furniture.

Essential tips to help you care for and maintain garden furniture

Most people know how to take care of their home furniture. However, what you need to do to ensure your outdoor furniture’s longevity and appealing look depends on many things. For example, wooden pieces require different maintenance from metal ones. Also, your care level will depend on your personal style, storage options as well as preferences. However, there are a few essential tips that are true for all types of outdoor furniture.

Choose quality pieces and follow the manufacturer’s instructions

If you’re buying a new home with a large backyard, it gives you an exciting opportunity to create a perfect oasis for yourself and your family. There are many creative ideas to make a beautiful patio in a way that will suit your wishes and needs. The same applies to outdoor furniture you choose. Opt for quality pieces that will fit your style and landscaping decor. Make sure to keep manufacturer instruction manuals – they provide valuable information on how to care for and maintain your garden furniture.

Provide regular maintenance

The key times of the year to clean your lovely furniture and inspect it for possible damages are the beginning and the end of the warm season. Give your outdoor furniture pieces a thorough cleaning in spring and at the end of summer to ensure they stay in good shape.

How often you check and clean your furniture will also depend on your local climate. For example, if you live in a mild climate, deep cleaning twice a year is probably enough. On the other hand, harsh climates may require a bit more care.

Make sure your garden furniture is well protected during the winter months

Of course, how often you need to look after the garden tables and chairs will also depend on how much time they spend outside. If you keep them in the garden all year round, make sure you protect them from the elements.

For example, good protective covers are a great solution. Make sure you choose quality breathable covers in a size that fits. Slip them over your pieces (they must be completely dry before this). These covers are also suitable when you store the furniture in your garage.

On the other hand, if you don’t have that much space, renting eco-friendly storage is a perfect option. It’s a great green solution for the off-season. Your garden furniture (or any other seasonal equipment) will be safe and well protected, and your home won’t feel crowded and overflowing with stuff.

Wooden garden furniture

Wood is a beautiful material that fits perfectly on your garden patio. People often add a touch of nature to the interior design, too, and wooden furniture will make your yard look charming and appealing. What’s more, it’s a natural material that produces natural oils that will keep your furniture fresh and in good shape. However, there are different types of wooden furniture – pieces made of hardwoods are more resistant and easier to take care of than those made of softwoods.

Hardwoods

Furniture made of hardwoods such as teak or eucalyptus is sturdy and quite weather-resistant. Over time it tends to develop a beautiful silver-gray patina. If you want to keep it, minimal maintenance is required. Dust it with a soft cloth, and then use soapy water and a gentle bristle brush to gently clean it and preserve its rich, natural beauty. Occasionally, you can oil it to ensure its durability and endurance.

Furniture made of hardwoods such as teak or eucalyptus is sturdy and quite weather-resistant. Over time it tends to develop a beautiful silver-gray patina. If you want to keep it, minimal maintenance is required. Dust it with a soft cloth, and then use soapy water and a gentle bristle brush to gently clean it and preserve its rich, natural beauty. Occasionally, you can oil it to ensure its durability and endurance.

Softwoods

On the other hand, softwoods require a bit more care. First, brush the furniture down to remove dirt and dust. Then wipe it with hot soapy water – clean it thoroughly and leave it to dry. When it’s completely dry, use the fine-grain sandpaper (or steel wool) and sand it until it’s smooth. After that, your activities will vary depending on your wishes. You can:

• use clear oils to preserve your furniture’s patina and natural look

• apply stained oil to keep the initial color

• opt for wood paint and give your garden a fresh new look and a pop of color

Metal garden furniture

If you want your new place to look like home after moving, metal furniture is a good solution. It will enable you to cozy up your new home with ease. Even if you want to redecorate your old home, metal garden furniture is a good idea. It looks stylish and elegant and provides a touch of glamour to your garden.
Another advantage is that it is much easier to care for and maintain. Thorough cleaning with warm soapy water and a soft cloth is usually all it needs. Make sure you use a non-abrasive cloth so you avoid any possible scratches or other damage.

Of course, the main enemy of all metal is rust. Inspect your garden chairs and tables at the beginning of the spring season. If you notice any traces of rust, scrape them gently with steel wool and apply a touch of the metal paint of the same color. Let your tables and chairs fully dry and wash them as usual. After that, they are entirely ready for the warm, sunny days!

Spend some lovely time in your garden!

As you may see, taking care of outdoor furniture isn’t as complicated or intimidating as you have maybe thought. Regular and material-appropriate maintenance is the key to keeping your furniture in top shape and condition. Follow these tips on how to care for and maintain garden furniture and enjoy a wonderful, pleasant time in your beautiful garden!

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