Tips for Maintaining All Weather Furniture

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Weather FurnitureMaintaining Your All Weather Furniture
Many of us enjoy using our outdoor spaces and decorate them with just the right furniture and accessories. Though many items are labeled as “all weather,” they do take some upkeep to keep them in great shape and to make them last as long as possible. We have a few tips to help you do just that.

Follow these tips and keep you furniture in great condition for years to come:

Cleaning Fabric
Clean all of your cushions and other fabric items, like your patio umbrellas, with mild detergent and water only making sure to get all of the soap off of the item.

Make sure to rinse thoroughly with a bucket of water or hose.

Remove harmful residue
Wipe down your furniture regularly to remove any skin oils, as well as suntan lotions or even food residue that could eventually damage the surfaces. Pinecones or needles from pine trees can cause sap damage, so make sure those are frequently removed from your outdoor surfaces.

Removing leaves and other debris from furniture as soon as you see it helps to avoid it getting stuck in the fabric or in the weave of your furniture.

Pro Tip: Use WD-40 to remove tree sap from your furniture.

Wood Furniture
Your wood furniture can be cleaned with warm, soapy water as well. Check each season to make sure that the varnish is in good shape and repair as necessary.

Wicker
Resin wicker furniture doesn’t need much more than an occasional dusting. You can clean stubborn spots with diluted dish soap, just make sure to rinse it all away.

Aluminum
Any aluminum surfaces may need a protective seal to ward away rust or corrosion. There are waxes made just for these items and it is readily available in most home stores. Naval jelly is also a good choice.

Winter Storing
During the winter, it may be best to bring your outdoor furniture in, especially if you live in an area with lots of snow and ice. You can just store your cushions to save on space, but make sure to throw tarps over the actual furniture if you’re leaving it out.

Umbrella Upkeep
If you have a patio umbrella and have stored it for the off-season, make sure to carefully clean the fabric and oil the hinges before use.

General Cleaning
Most of your all weather furniture can be cleaned with a regular garden hose to remove most dirt and debris. If you are not accustomed to using a pressure washer, this may be something you should leave to the professionals.

For fabric items like camp chairs, anything that is stretched on a frame, clean by removing them and washing them in your washing machine on the gentlest cycle. Before they are dried, stretch them back on the frame to prevent shrinkage. Also, make sure to use a very mild detergent and rinse well.

Following these tips will keep your all weather furniture in great condition to last for years to come.