How To Maintain Your Outdoor Furniture

How to Maintain Your Outdoor Furniture

Outdoor furniture can be a significant investment, so it’s essential to keep it in good condition to ensure its longevity. Fortunately, with a few simple steps, you can maintain your outdoor furniture and keep it looking as good as new for years to come. 

1. Clean your furniture regularly

Dirt and debris can accumulate on your outdoor furniture, causing stains and discoloration over time. To prevent this, you should clean your furniture regularly. Use a mild soap and water solution to wipe down upholstered furniture and pillows. For furniture that isn’t upholstered you can hose it off. Make sure to allow each item to dry thoroughly before covering. If you have metal furniture, you may also want to use a rust cleaner to remove any rust spots.

2. Protect your furniture from the elements

To protect your furniture from the elements, it would be wise to invest in furniture covers or store them indoors during inclement weather. Be sure to choose items that are upholstered in outdoor fabrics that are resistant to fading and water damage.

3. Apply a protective coating

Natural wood, such as Teak, can be damaged by the sun and weather. Applying a protective coating, such as a sealant or varnish, can help to prevent damage and extend the life of your furniture. Living in San Diego, the closer you are to the ocean, the more your metal finishes are susceptible to degradation. For exterior decorative lighting fixtures, you can apply a clear coat to protect the finish. It’s best to avoid finishes that are not listed as marine grade metal.

4. Check for damage

Regularly check your outdoor furniture for damage such as ripped cushions or cracked wood. Address any issues promptly to prevent further damage.

5. Store your cushions

If possible, when not in use, store your outdoor cushions and throw pillows in a dry, covered area to protect it from the elements. You may also want to invest in furniture storage bags to keep it clean and dust-free.