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How to care for outdoor furniture

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When you have outdoor furniture, just after a few seasons you might start to see some signs of weathering. The best thing for you to do is to properly care for your furniture to get the longest lifespan. In this blog I am going to discuss a few outdoor furniture care tips to keep your furniture fresher and longer.

Furniture Covers

First and foremost, you need to evaluate how long your furniture sits outside. Even metal furniture will eventually rust, get dirty and show signs of ware and tear. The best thing for you to do is to find furniture covers. These covers should be waterproof and will help keep your furniture away from direct contact of weathering. It can easily extend the life of your furniture for a few extra years. If you don’t want to keep up with storing your furniture frequently, be sure to get waterproof furniture covers for your outdoor furniture.

Keep your Furniture in a basement or covered area

If covers aren’t the answer you are looking for, relocating furniture to the basement or a covered area should help with weathering. Outdoor furniture is meant to be outside, but it doesn’t mean it’s indestructible. Putting your furniture in a covered area or in storage while they aren’t being used is the best way to extend the lifetime of your furniture. This doesn’t mean you have to put them up whenever you aren’t using them. Every now and again keeping them clean and putting them up will help you maintain their appearance,

Avoid power washing unless instructed by the manufacturer

Some outdoor furniture companies don’t mind that you power wash the furniture. The frame was meant to be washed frequently if this is the case. If there is a removable cushion, I recommend taking that off. The frame of the chairs can be power washed, but the cushions should be wiped down by hand. Some furniture is not recommended to be power washed so I would also wash this type outdoor furniture by hand.

Clean, cover, and store cushions regularly

When it come to outdoor cushions, people think that the word outdoor implies 'meant to stay outside all the time' without anything happening to it. For some reason the word indestructible always comes to mind. If you’ve ever had any outdoor furniture, you know this is not the case. Anything that sits outside is susceptible to weathering and in time, will look different than the way you bought it. This is especially true with upholstery cushion covers. The best thing for you to do for your furniture is to always store your cushions. Leave the frames outside if storing them is too much work. Bring in the cushions or keep them covered. This will be the best way to avoid bird poop, pollen, rain, dirt, and all the outdoor dirty nonsense you are trying to avoid and in turn extend the lifespan of the furniture.


Reapply a waterproofing solution to your furniture fabric

Every outdoor upholstery fabric has a waterproof solution when you bought it. Eventually you might notice that the waterproofing has worn off and you can see water start to seep into your cushions. The best thing for you to do is to apply a new waterproof coating. My recommendation is using a company known as Nikwax. They are PFC chemical free wax-based waterproofing for outdoor gear and apparel. I have been using it for years on my tents and snowboarding jacket. I recommend the TX.Direct Spray on for outdoor fabric. Find the link to Amazon to buy some here.


When it comes to outdoor furniture care, the best thing for you to do is to keep it covered in storage or covered porch, clean it regularly, store your cushions, get waterproof covers, and reapply a waterproofing solution.

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