Outdoor covers may increase your upfront cost, but it will be worth it in the long haul. Snow, sleet, high wind gusts and rain can deteriorate the quality of your patio furniture over time. Snow and rain can cause extensive damage to wood materials. With wood, you run the risk of creating mildew problems.
Weatherproof your cushions with a waterproof silicone spray to help protect them from mold and mildew. Choose a spray specifically made for your cushion’s material. Apply waterproofing spray if your cushions did not come with a weatherproof coating and after you have washed them.
Consider a water sealant instead, especially if your area gets rain . Water sealers work in two ways: they protect your furniture from moisture outside but also allow damp wood within the sealant to dry faster, so it won’t rot, split or warp.
Protect your outdoor living space and prevent dirt, rot and rust with these simple steps. Keep it clean. Even if your furniture is covered, it’s still going to accrue dirt and rot if you don’t clean it every once in a while. Protect fabric . Hold it in place. Use furniture sunscreen. Plan ahead. Provide some shade.
During the off-season when we are not using our outdoor furniture daily, it can be a wise idea to protect it or store it for the winter. A good covering will keep moisture and debris off both the cushions and hard surfaces of your furniture .
Good patio furniture can last 15+ years. Some will last longer, some less, but there’s no firm timeline. Unlike mattresses, which have a commonly-held deadline for replacement after 10 years , your patio furniture will last until the elements break it down—this depends on maintenance, materials, and climate.
I’ll go ahead and tell you: for Winter, you should dry and cover your patio furniture after the first frost (but before the first snowstorm).
We have a number of affordable ways to create shade for your patio . Sail Shade Canopy. If this is not the easiest and cheapest way to shade your patio , then we don’t know what is. Pergola. This is usually a simple wood structure that you build above your patio to provide shade. Natural Shade. String Along.
How to Clean Your Outdoor Furniture and Keep It Looking Fresh Remove the cushions. Opt for zippered pillow covers that can easily be hand- or machine-washed. Wipe it down. With a damp cloth that’s been immersed in a mixture of warm water and mild dishwashing soap, clean the hard surfaces of plastic, wicker, aluminum, and cast-iron furnishings.
An epoxy sealer with exterior varnish topcoats is the most durable, but also the most labor-intensive finish you can apply to outdoor furniture. This is the finish favored by boat builders so you know it’s going to last a long time.
There are three surefire ways to waterproof your wood for years to come. Use linseed or Tung oil to create a beautiful and protective hand-rubbed finish. Seal the wood with coating of polyurethane, varnish, or lacquer. Finish and waterproof wood simultaneously with a stain- sealant combo.
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Adding a tarpaulin , or tarp , over a patio is as simple as using a few grommets, eye-bolt screws and cord. The tarp can extend from the house’s eaves to a nearby fence to cover the patio . As long as the tarp is lashed tightly, so wind can ‘t tear its grommets, your patio shade will last at least one season.
Outdoor fabrics, such as Sunbrella®, are moisture, mildew and fade resistant. Generally, this means if you leave the cushions uncovered during a rainstorm, the rain will bead up and roll off. Should cushions be left out in the rain, as soon as it stops, shake or wipe off excess water and let them air out a bit.
Wood patio furniture should have a protective sealant applied to it. This seals the wood from moisture year round, which is especially important during the winter months. In the winter , the moisture can freeze in the wood causing it to crack. Covers keep the snow and ice from seeping into this furniture .