Some tips on preparing your garden furniture for spring

Patio season is almost here, so it’s time to give your garden a complete makeover. Preparing the furniture for the outdoors calls needs a lot of patience. Think of the end result and you’ll work with a lot more passion. Every homeowner has to deal with an ugly backyard after the winter season has ended. Rain, snow, wind, rotting leaves and freezing weather conditions are elements that can destroy the garden furniture. In spite of everything, there’s still hope. It’s all about revamping the materials and tweaking things to bring your private yard back to life. Here’s what you need to do to prepare your garden furniture for the warm season.

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Store your patio furniture as best as you can

You may not have the space to store your patio furniture somewhere inside, but that doesn’t mean you can’t protect it from the harsh weather conditions. Move it to a less exposed area and cover it with a tarp. If your outdoor furniture has been damaged by rust, dirt, and mold, doesn’t despair; it’s not a lost cause. There are plenty of ways to bring it back to life.

Unfold all patio chairs, umbrellas, and tables, and start cleaning them using a dust cloth. If the damage is severe, fill a bucket with warm water, add mild soap, and wipe off the dirt from materials like plastic, metal, or vinyl. If your furniture is made of wood, make sure to use oil soap. For more information, it’s best to ask at the hardwood store. Allow the items to dry in the sun and afterwards start checking the hardware.

Swings, chairs, tables, lounge and so on may need new screws, nuts, or bolts especially if they show signs of corrosion. Grab a lubrication spray if you don’t want to replace anything, and fasten them tightly.

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Investing in durable materials for garden furniture

You may not think it’s a big deal, but it is important that you invest in sturdy garden furniture. Teak for example, is quite a remarkable material type. It’s not vulnerable like some other types of wood, and it’s moisture-resistant. Teak furniture works perfectly for the outdoors. It can bear harsh weather conditions like wind and humidity, and if can last untreated for up to 70 years.

Although it is an expensive material for outdoor furniture, the investment you’ll make will save you a lot of money in the long run. To protect your items and preserve the all-natural aspect of the wood, you need to apply teak oil every once in a while to make it look clean and shiny.

Rattan furniture – perfect for the outdoors, resistant and comfortable

Rattan furniture is extremely convenient. The material comes in a myriad of colors and it is perfect for your backyard. If your garden furniture already has rattan furniture but the pieces are worn out because of the bad weather, there are still ways of restoring them and making them look as bright as new. Start by vacuuming the pieces or clean them with a damp cloth.

Why should you opt for rattan furniture? That’s because apart from an appealing appearance it’s practical and versatile. You can easily move the pieces from one place to another. Rain-proof and snow-proof, rattan is hands-down the most comfortable material type for outdoor furniture. Most homeowners use cushions to make their afternoon siesta even more soothing.

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Rust-resistant paint for your iron furniture

Iron furniture is great for the outdoors. Unfortunately, it rusts pretty easily in contact with water. The easiest way of protecting your beautiful vintage-like tables and chairs is to apply a coat of rust-resistant paint. You can use more than one coat if you’d like, but make sure that the paint is of the highest quality. Clean your furniture items prior to starting the painting process and scrape off old paint. Sand away any signs of corrosion and use mild dish soap to thoroughly clean the wrought iron.

Believe it or not, some people like the natural aspect of the wrought iron, and they don’t want to paint their garden furniture. However, you still have to rinse away rust signs because you risk staining your clothes, cushions, and blankets. To give your furniture a smooth coverage and protect it from outside elements, use a polyurethane spray and you’ll really love the end result.

Erin Emanuel

One Comment

  1. Its Great now that we are at that time of year that all of us can get into the gardening BUZZ!!! Some of the examples of garden furniture here are to exotic for some gardens. But I especially love the table and chairs presented at the top of this article.

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