Useful Tips For Protecting Your Outdoor Garden Furniture

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With winter finally making its way out of the picture, the time has now finally come for you to get all of your favorite outdoor garden furniture out of self storage sydney facility and get ready to enjoy all of your favorite activities such as cookouts and just enjoying the cool breezes!


However, it’s also important to know just how to properly take care of all of these furniture pieces in order to keep them looking fresh and clean for as long as possible.


Firstly, you will need to simply remove your patio furniture from wherever it’s been getting stored throughout the entire winter season. Take the time to make a clear path by moving boxes and other obstacles before you make any attempt to remove your furniture.


If you fail to do so, you could risk damaging your furniture pieces in some fashion. Additionally, make sure that you have enough people to help you with this task and that you don’t attempt to do it on your own, especially if you’re planning on removing heavier pieces; however, you may likely be able to remove lighter items by yourself.


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Furthermore, you should establish a plan regarding exactly where you want your furniture pieces to go once they’ve been removed from storage. Another important tip to keep in mind is to ensure that you have a vehicle that is capable of handling your patio furniture pieces for one or more trips if you will be removing the pieces from a storage shed that is further away from your home.


Once you’ve successfully removed your furniture pieces, the next step will be to clean them. Start by finding a space in which to perform this task and ensure that any and all loose debris has been cleared away from the piece that you wish to clean.


You can do this with either a dry rag or a vacuum cleaner, whichever you feel will work the best. Using a water hose, gently spray the entire piece, then clean it using a rag and a bucket of warm soapy water (many manufacturers warn against using hot water).


In terms of the soap itself, dish washing liquid is generally the best thing to use, as this works to remove dirt without causing any damage to the furniture piece itself.


Here are some other tips that you can follow regarding cleaning patio furniture depending on the actual material that you will be cleaning:


– If wood is involved, you may need to use a scrub brush.


– Use either a rag or sponge to clean painted wicker furniture, while you can scrub unpainted wicker without any worries whatsoever. If you notice any torn areas on this type of material, have it professionally repaired.


– Search for any rusted spots once you finish cleaning any metal furniture. If you find any, use either steel wool or sandpaper to rub them down and simply repaint the affected area.


– If your furniture piece contains seat covers, cushions, etc., always follow the manufacturer’s instructions that are on the attached tag. If there is no tag available, use either soapy lukewarm water to clean them or simply place them in your washing machine on the gentle cycle.


After your furniture has been cleaned, it’s important to take the right steps to prevent these pieces from various outdoor elements, such as the sun. For instance, consider using a stain blocker that helps block UV rays, as long as this is appropriate for the material on your patio furniture.


If you have either metal or plastic furniture, simply apply a basic outdoor furniture protector. In terms of wood furniture, you can apply a paint to these pieces that also offers UV protection. If your pieces contain cushions, either cover them up or bring them inside your home whenever they aren’t being used.

Ross Murray

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