Putting outdoor furniture can improve the landscape of your house, but the weather can do serious damage to those furnishings. Being exposed to different weather can cause the furniture pieces’ deterioration to speed up. Fortunately, you can do something to protect your outdoor furniture and help them last longer, regardless of how long they have been exposed to the ever changing weather outside.

Clean the furniture regularly

No matter how securely covered outdoor furniture pieces are, deterioration will still set in if they have accumulated dirt and rot. It’s best to schedule regular cleaning for your furniture. Use warm water up to half a bucket and mix it with two cups of white vinegar and dishwashing liquid. This solution works well in removing grease. Use a soft brush or cloth to apply this solution to the surface of your furniture. This is effective in getting rid of the dirt and smell, especially after prolonged exposure to the elements and works safely on all furniture surfaces and materials.

Make sure to scrub away the dirt and grime off your furniture or spray it and any soap residue down.  Don’t use a power washer. You might to take special cleaning steps when it comes to cleaning wrought iron furniture.

Keep the fabric protected

Aside from cleaning the furniture themselves, don’t forget the cushions or upholstery often used with wrought iron or wicker furniture. They prove useful outside, but they can easily get damaged by rain. For their protection, wash the pillow cases and other types of fabric with warm water and dish soap. Dry them completely before spraying them with fabric protector. Do a quick test on whether the fabric protector will stain the furniture or not.

You might want to consider some yarn and cotton for your cushions outside since their colors are less affected than the colors in other types of fabric. Acrylic is another good option for its mold resistant feature.

Cover them

As an additional layer of protection for your furniture, cover them up with waterproof tarps after cleaning them. It doesn’t matter if it rains or snows, your patio furniture won’t be soaked for hours or instantly get dried under the heat of the sun, slowing down the signs of wear and tear. Take the right measurement of your furniture to get the right sizes of your waterproof tarps.


Apply furniture sunscreen

UV rays can damage outdoor furniture just like how it wreaks havoc on fair skin. This is why plastic or metal furniture placed outside also needs its own brand of sunscreen in the form of an outdoor furniture protector. Apply it with a paint brush. For wooden furniture, just go for regular paint. The paint has pigments with the same function as sunscreen on the furniture.

Keep them in the shade at times

Identify the hottest days, during which plastic furniture should be kept away from the UV rays of the sun. This will help extend the lifespan of your plastic tables and chairs. Invest in a weekly maintenance for other furniture. Check for signs of stains, damage or even bug infestations and get them repaired right away.

Keep every furniture piece intact

This includes keeping all the pieces of your cushions, especially those made of light materials that can be easily blown away by strong winds, in place. It would be better for cushions to be tied to the chairs.

Store furniture during extreme weather

If you hear about extreme weather approaching your area, move your outdoor furniture to a safe storage area. You can keep them covered up to maintain their pristine location, even when stored, especially after you have cleaned them up and repaired them. Something as sturdy as waterproof covers can also keep the dampness away.

No matter what the season is, you can keep your outdoor furniture sparkling clean. If maintained properly, they might even look new, matching your garden and the rest of your landscape perfectly. Just follow the steps above and prolong the lifespan of your patio furniture. The longer you’re able to use them with proper maintenance, the more you’ll get from your furniture investment in the long run.