While placing a dining set or some benches in your back garden is a smart idea, you will also have to make sure to take care of them in the best possible manner. After all, if you neglect these items, they will end up looking worn and shabby in no time. This will result in a backyard that looks unattractive and may mean that you have to replace the old items for a fresher look. Save yourself the time and money though by following these important techniques for garden furniture care.
1. Read the Instructions
This first tip may seem obvious yet it is surprising how many people simply throw out the owner’s manual when they purchase some outdoor chairs and tables. This information is there for a reason: usually to help you protect that piece of furniture from unnecessary wear and tear. Make sure to read over the manufacturer’s instructions once you have purchased your furniture and then keep the manual in a safe, convenient location so you can access it before cleaning in the future.
2. Be Gentle When Cleaning
You’ll also need to get the right gear so you can take care of your garden chairs and tables in the optimal way. One important aspect to remember when collecting the various cleaning supplies for outdoor furnishings is that these have to be gentle. Always avoid harsh brushes and chemicals as these can damage the surface during the cleaning process. Chlorine bleach and pine oil should never be used unless specifically directed in the manufacturer’s instructions. Instead, use the following:
• Mild dishwashing liquid diluted in water
• A sponge or brush with soft bristles
• A lint-free cloth to dry after washing
3. Eliminate Mould Problems
If you live in a damp environment, you will inevitably come across mould growing on your patio chairs and tables. This is especially true if they’re in a shaded area without access to proper sunlight. To remove these pesky growths without damaging the surface, use a sponge/scrubber. Alternatively, some fine-grained sandpaper can come in handy. Spores can be a problem here, so throw out any used supplies once you have finished cleaning your outdoor furniture. Also wear some gloves and a mask so you don’t breath in these living organisms. Since mould can grow back very easily, you will need to be especially careful when cleaning your furnishings in future.
4. Protect & Cover Your Furniture
One of the simplest methods of taking care of your outdoor chairs and tables is to cover them up when not in use. If possible, keep them indoors away from the elements so they remain in good condition for longer. Some added tips here include:
• Making sure the plastic covers used are free from holes or tears
• Removing the foot caps on chairs and tables to prevent water build-up
• Store your furniture upright to avoid puddles forming in the wet
Really, excess water will be your furniture’s biggest threat. Not only can this bring unwanted mould growth but it can also warp wooden furniture and rust metal items. Cover your belongings up so they’re protected from this moist menace.
5. Deep Cleaning Techniques
Of course, there will be times when you really need to get right in there to get rid of dirt and grime. A mild dishwashing liquid won’t work in the most serious of cases, leaving you to look for deep cleaning options for garden furniture. While there are plenty of ways in which to eliminate those stubborn stains, we will just focus on some of the most important, categorising each piece of furniture by its primary material:
• Wicker: Vacuum with a scrub brush attachment. Clean with mild soap while making sure to minimise the water used.
• Wood: Mix water and bleach following instructions and scrub lightly to remove mould. Use fine sandpaper to remove rust and bird droppings. Avoid chlorine bleach.
• Metal: Wipe with mild soap solution. For rust, use some fine sandpaper. If paintwork needs to be touched up, order through the manufacturer.
This should give you a good summary when it comes to taking care of any piece of garden furniture. Afterwards, you can then look forward to some outdoor chairs and tables that last a lot longer.