When you have decided on the kind of furniture that you feel meets your expectations in terms of style, functionality, and budget, the next thing to have in mind is how best to keep your furniture in great shape for the many years to come. You may have a great warranty on the product you buy but if you fail to imbibe a good maintenance culture, within months, you might be needing a whole new set. Avoid that drama by protecting your outdoor furniture.
1. First, install a roof over the area where you keep your outdoor furniture. Or restore what you already have
A roof is the first line of protection for your furniture against all the weather elements. If a roof has already been installed, do ensure that roof repair is conducted routinely to prevent damage. And if the damages have already set in, your next best option might be a partial or complete roof restoration depending on how bad the damage is. If you are unsure of how to determine the extent of damage your outdoor roof has suffered, you should call a professional who offers roofing services. Their evaluation can save you money and time. In a situation where the damage is too extensive, a total roof replacement is the only way to go.
2. Keep the furniture clean
Dirt and grime have a way of damaging furniture if left unchecked. Especially when the furniture is left to combat the elements throughout the seasons. You don’t have to go crazy with the cleaning gear. A little water and a wet rag every other week are just fine for almost any kind of furniture. Seat cushions and furniture made from fabric have their own special cleaning routine. The next point would be really helpful in those cases.
3. Read the manual
Most outdoor furniture comes with an instruction manual. These instructions are not just for setting up the furniture. It usually includes care instructions. Some fabrics require special cleaning materials as using anything else might cause damage. Read the manual thoroughly and follow through on it.
4. Store or cover up furniture when not in use
During the warmer months, spending time outdoors is part of the summertime ritual but as the months get colder, the time spent outdoors is only when necessary and not so often for leisure. This means that the furniture will not be used as much as it was. If you are travelling and the house is going to be empty for a long period of time, this also applies to you. Take all of the outdoor furniture and cover them up for the duration. If you have space for it, put them in storage until you are ready to use them again.
5. Have fun using them
It would be lovely to have nice looking furniture all year round. But being obsessive about keeping them new by regulating how they are used only takes away from the fun. Furniture for outdoors is meant to be used and enjoyed. Stop fussing, just grab your favourite beverage and head outside.
Contact your local outdoor furniture shop to learn more about caring for your outdoor furniture.