With warm days around the corner, you need to have your patio ready and outdoor furniture cleaned up for outdoor fun. Below is a list of steps that will help you address the cleaning and maintenance of your outdoor furniture.
Check the screws and bolts
In case any of the furniture has wheels, make sure that every nut, bolt and screw is intact. There may be nails, screws, hinges, etc, so make sure they are tightened, oiled and in proper working condition. If you find something broken or damaged beyond the point of repair you should replace it. But consider the option of fixing it first in order to save cost.
Clean the furniture
Outdoor furniture can withstand more wear and tear than regular furniture. It is designed to be kept outside and endure the change in weather. You should take certain measures to increase its life and longevity. Cleaning the furniture properly at least twice every year is a must. You should use separate cleaning apparatus for separate materials as per the suitability. The main body, cushions, slings, etc. should all be cleaned separately. You should use water to wipe any stains off, then use soap for more persistent stains. It is not necessary for you to use strong chemical solutions, unless the stains are overly stubborn. To clean the cushions, vacuum them first. By removing the dust over the cushions, you are ensuring that the cushions don’t become muddy from rain water or water from the garden hose. For deep stains you can use fabric cleaners. There are high strength products for the main body of the outdoor furniture as well which should not be used unless absolutely necessary. If however, you do wind up using them you should remove he cushions beforehand.
Use protective coating
When you buy a new outdoor long chair, table or any other furniture, it comes with a pre-coated layer of protective coating. When you clean the furniture, you end up removing this layer to a large extent. You should reapply it to protect the longevity of the patio furniture or rather to prolong it.
The foot caps
The foot caps or glides wear out over time, which is why you should get them looked into, before every season. Again, fix or replace wherever fixing or replacing is due and you’ll be all set to savor the summer season, outdoors.