A patio, terrace, or porch is a natural extension of your home-a place where you can relax and spend a quiet moment with yourself. You can also use this area for entertaining guests or have lunch with the family when the weather is favourable. The furniture that you place here must be strong enough to brave the different seasons of the year in addition to fulfilling your needs.
However, no matter how good your outdoor furniture is, it will need proper maintenance to look good and last you for years. The cushions and upholstery also obviously need to be cleaned regularly and replaced eventually. You cannot use the same chemicals that you use to clean metal furniture to clean wood.
Here are a few tips for taking care of your outdoor furniture.
* Read the Instructions: The first step before you get started with your outdoor furniture cleaning is to read the manufacturer’s instructions. Using harsh products can damage your furniture and also shorten its lifespan. This damage, caused because of using unsuitable products, is not covered under warranty either. Buy cleaning supplies based on the manufacturer’s recommendations to make sure that do not end up damaging your furniture while cleaning it.
* Start from the Hidden Corner: It is important to start cleaning from the hidden corner because it gathers the most dust and any adverse effect from a cleaning agent or technique will remain hidden in the future. Always start with gentle and light cleaning before going in for a thorough cleaning. If you clean the outdoor furniture periodically and maintain it well, it will look great for years to come.
* Clean & Dry Thoroughly: It does not matter what material your outdoor furniture is made out of, you must dry it after cleaning. Wood, iron, wicker, and even plastic needs to be dried properly after washing or cleaning with a damp cloth. It is best to clean the furniture outdoors since you can wipe the furniture and let it air dry. This will discourage mould from taking over your furniture.
* Cover When Not in Use: Sunlight, dust, and rain can cause considerable damage to your outdoor furniture. Make sure to cover your furniture when it is not in use, especially if you cannot store it indoors. If your furniture got drenched in rain, you can keep it upright to drain the water and dry it completely before setting it up again.
* Periodic Cleaning: When you set up outdoor furniture, bear in mind that you will need to spend some time in maintaining it to help it last for a long time. Regular cleaning will ensure that your outdoor furniture looks good for years after you first bought it. You can also hire a cleaning firm to do the task for you since they will have the know-how and supplies to effectively clean your outdoor furniture.
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