Congratulations! You just acquired outdoor furniture, and you are now spending all your free time in the space. Welcoming and beautiful, you can’t imagine it looking any other way. The thought of the space losing its lustre can be depressing. Such dark thoughts can exit your mind by following a few simple steps;
- Refer to Manufacturer or carpenter guide. Read the manual or follow the carpenter’s advice once you purchase your furniture. Treat the offered information like furniture Bible as it has a lot of information that could include how to assemble your furniture and will also give you a simple guide on how to
- Perform routine cleaning. Don’t wait for the dirt to build up as it would become difficult for you to take care of stains, or to maintain the furniture beauty. Simple cleaning tips like wiping table tops or dusting can help the furniture from aging before their time.
- Know your furniture material. The care for furniture depends with the kind of material your furniture is made of. Depending on your material, you could maintain your furniture with the following tips;
- Wicker Furniture – cover this type of furniture when not in use as extreme temperatures may affect the furniture. When cleaning, you should avoid using foaming products as the residue from the foam tends to get trapped in the weaves which in turn attracts dirt.
- Wood Furniture – for outdoor furniture, most manufacturer or carpenters tend to use hardwood as it is tends to be more resistant to harsh weather. It is advisable to give your wooden furniture a proper soapy water scrub and rinse once a year. This helps the furniture restore its surface, and keeps it in good condition. You can choose to do a paint touch-up job. Pick a paint with water repellent preservatives.
- Metal furniture – use mild soaps and sponges when cleaning them to avoid chipping into the protective finishing. Unlike aluminium, Iron and steel metal could be subjected to rust over time. Inspect your furniture often to make sure that there is no rust. If the surface of the furniture looks damaged or if you need a retouch, you could do a touch-up paint job with metal or car paint. You can also lubricate the furniture where needed.
- Glass Furniture – this kind of furniture needs more attention that the others. Use dish washing soap or liquid with a nonabrasive sponge to clean the glass. Clean both sides of the glass to prevent grit from forming.
- Plastic Furniture – Use mild soaps or detergents with a clean cloth when cleaning. Avoid using beaches often as it tends to wear the material. Do not use abrasive sponges would scratch the surface as it could leave marks in your furniture
- Outdoor Accessories – could include cushions and furniture covers. Brush off the dirt and debris before giving the material a good wash. For clothing material, it is important to take note of the type of fabric it is made of before washing.
Just because you bought durable furniture does not mean that you should neglect it. You need to protect your furniture from harsh weather. If your furniture is out in the open, it is advisable to acquire storage space. A place you can keep your furniture in case of prolonged harsh weather that may damage the furniture.