12th Jan 2024

How to Protect and Maintain Your Outdoor Furniture

How to Protect and Maintain Your Outdoor Furniture

Are you new to the world of outdoor furniture and garden accessories, and now quite sure how to properly maintain your new pieces? You bought them for a reason, after all – they tell the story about your home and taste in aesthetics, and you want to have them around for many years to come. That can be difficult in Australia, however. Between our blistering heatwaves, heavy storms, occasional cold snap and many pests, Australia is rough on things you keep outdoors.

To ensure your outdoor oasis stands the test of time, it's essential to implement a proactive approach to protect and maintain your pieces.

1. Clean Regularly:

Regular cleaning is crucial to preventing the buildup of dirt, grime, and mildew, which can deteriorate the integrity of your outdoor furniture. Use a mild soap or a specialised cleaner and a soft brush to scrub away dirt. Rinse with water and allow it to dry thoroughly.

2. Provide Adequate Shelter:

Give your outdoor furniture a break from the elements by providing shelter when not in use. Consider investing in covers or storage solutions like sheds, especially during extreme weather conditions. This simple step can significantly extend the lifespan of your furniture.

3. Apply Protective Finishes:

Seal the deal with protective finishes that act as a barrier against the elements. For glass reinforced concrete (GRC), use a quality outdoor sealant to protect against moisture and UV rays. These finishes not only enhance the aesthetics but also provide an additional layer of defence.

4. Invest in Quality Covers:

Investing in high-quality furniture covers is like giving your outdoor pieces a tailored suit of armour. Choose covers made from durable, waterproof materials that fit snugly over your furniture. Covers not only shield against rain and snow but also protect against fading caused by prolonged exposure to sunlight.

6. Rotate and Rearrange:

To ensure even exposure to the elements, rotate and rearrange your outdoor furniture. This prevents certain areas from receiving excessive sun, rain, or wind exposure, allowing you to enjoy your furniture for a longer period of time.

7. Keep Pests at Bay:

Uninvited guests in the form of pests can wreak havoc on your outdoor furniture. Implement pest control measures such as natural repellents, or placing citronella candles around your outdoor space. Taking proactive steps to deter pests will prevent costly damage in the long run.

8. Check and Tighten:

Regularly inspect your outdoor furniture for any signs of wear or loose parts. Tighten screws, bolts, and nuts to ensure stability. Replace any damaged or worn-out components promptly to prevent further deterioration.

At Yardware, we're all about ensuring your outdoor furniture lasts. Our pieces are built to withstand the elements, offering durability and style.

Visit us in store today to explore our range and find furniture that suits your taste and lifestyle.

Our knowledgeable staff is ready to guide you, so you can create a long-lasting and beautiful outdoor space. Yardware—making outdoor living easy and enduring. Your perfect oasis is just a visit away!