Maintaining outdoor furniture

Use these tips to keep your patio furniture looking fresh all year round.

Even if you invest in high-quality furniture, exposure to the harsh Queensland weather is going to have some damaging effects on it. Unfortunately, the weather is out of your control, but if you follow these tips you can help stop your furniture from falling apart.

Keep under cover

A furniture cover designed to withstand outdoor elements does wonders with protecting your patio decor. Many distributors sell covering products in a range of different sizes and shapes to suit various designs. If you cannot find a specific cover, a tarpaulin will help protect your furniture from the elements when not in use.

While covering your furnishings may not be the most aesthetically pleasing solution it is a plausible option to protect your decor from the natural elements.

Prepare for rain

If your outdoor furniture sits under a patio it is still going to be exposed to bad weather. If you own wooden products, be aware they are more vulnerable to moisture. Applying a layer of oil or stain can minimise the risk of damage.

To protect your wooden furniture, sand it back before applying a coat of a signature oil or stain, then leave it to dry. While oiling wood does not create a waterproof seal, it does help delay the damaging effects of rain and humidity.

Store away decorative items

Cushions and throws are an easy way to add style and comfort to your outdoor settings, however, not all of these furnishings fare well throughout the seasons. To avoid deterioration or the development of mould, store your soft furnishings somewhere dry during wet weather.

If your decor shows signs of mould, create a cleaning mix by diluting a small amount of bleach in water, then soak the covers. If you are using this method wear gloves to protect your hands. For stubborn stains you may need to use a scrubbing brush.

If there is dangerous and heavy weather headed your way, store all your furnishings inside or if too big tie them down to prevent property damage.