4 Tips for Outdoor Furniture Maintenance

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Keeping your outdoor seating looking fresh can be a challenge for even the most diligent of homeowners. To help you enjoy your furniture more, try these four tips for cleaning and sprucing up your outdoor digs:

  • Give it a thorough cleaning twice a summer – To ensure your furniture looks as good as new every summer, clean it thoroughly once at the beginning of the season and again before you put it away for winter. And make sure you’re using the correct products! The American Home Furniture Alliance released a list of tips for cleaning certain types of furniture, so use that as a guideline.
  • Take your outdoor furniture in – When the summer draws to a close think about bringing your furniture inside to store for the colder months. Keeping your furniture protected from the elements minimizes the threat of potential damage, making it last longer. If you don’t have storage space, cover it with a tarp, or especially if you’ve invested in higher-end furniture, consider renting a small storage unit for the winter months – the cost will outweigh the larger expense of replacing your furniture sooner than you’d like.
  • Fix it up with spray paint – If furniture paint has started to chip or fade due to the sun, or even if you’re just tired of the color, use a little spray paint to give it a new look. Make sure you clean it first, so the paint has a fresh surface to adhere to. Try this tutorial if you’re not familiar with spray painting techniques.
  • Invest in some new pillows – Once your furniture is fixed up, if you still feel like it could use a facelift, spring for some fun and colorful pillows. This is an inexpensive way to make your seats look exciting and new. If you are on a tight budget, try making your own!

Staying on top of outdoor furniture maintenance will save you money, keep your home looking fresh, and allow you to enjoy the warm summer months a little bit more. Have additional ideas? Let us know on Twitter or Facebook!

 

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