During the warmer seasons, people like to spend time outside in their backyards, on their porches, and by their pools. Outdoor furniture can be an attractive and practical addition to your outdoor decor. Outdoor furniture requires regular maintenance in order to fight the inevitable accumulation of dirt, rot and rust.

Learning how to protect outdoor furniture can help keep your furniture clean and looking new for years


PART ONE: Protecting Wood Furniture

Step 1: Remove any padding.

Take off any upholstery or cushions before washing the wood with soapy water. Make sure that your furniture is in good condition before you go through the effort of protecting it, or else you may find that your efforts were wasted in light of internal rot and decay

Step 2 :Clean your wood furniture. Take your scrub brush and soak it in a water and dishwasher detergent solution. Scrub the wood going in the direction of the grain. Let the wood dry thoroughly, and sand and rough spots going in the direction of the wood.

Step 3:Protect the frames of the furniture.

Apply a furniture protector using a paint brush to every area of the frame. Protection against the elements is important if you want to prolong the life of your furniture

Step 4:Paint the wood.
 Paint is the best way to protect wooden furniture from the elements because the pigments in paint offer a good degree of protection against the sun's UV radiation. Some forms of paint can even protect against heat and water. Choose an oil paint with a spray-on sealer.
  • Paint on outdoor furniture tends to chip and peel when used regularly, so you will need to reapply the paint once or twice every year.
  • Another method is to sand it, then apply an oil or stain to protect the wood.

Step 5:Apply a stain or water repellent.

This will prolong the aesthetic beauty of your furniture, especially if you have a lot of wooden furniture. Water repellents help prevent water from soaking into your furniture, and they also quicken the evaporation of moisture from within the wood. This reduces the chance that your furniture will warp, weaken, or rot.
Apply a sealer coat of polyurethane after using a stain or water repellant. This will make it last longer.
Keep in mind that stain and water repellents typically need to be reapplied every 2 to 3 years for maximum protection.
When choosing a repellent, avoid repellents with high oil percentages. High amounts of oil will promote the sticking of particles to your furniture, which can detract from their appearance.

PART TWO:Protecting Cushions and Upholstery

Step1: Protecting Cushions and Upholstery
Remove fabric. If your cushions have removable fabric, throw them in the wash. Follow the manufacturer's instructions carefully, and allow them to air dry completely before inserting the cushion back inside. If your cushions have a non-removable cover, you'll have to use another method if you want to clean them.[1]
For cushions with non-removable fabric, consider purchasing slip covers for protection.

Step 2 : Clean the upholstery.

Make sure the upholstery or cushions have been thoroughly spot-cleaned with dish soap or laundry detergent and warm water using a soft brush, but avoid using harsh chemicals. Scrub the fabric in every area, and let the soap sink in to the cushion. You can also try tossing your cushions into a power washer if possible.

Step 3: Rinse the upholstery. It's best to rinse the cushions with a hose to dilute the chemicals. If you can't use a hose, soak a towel in water and use the damp towel to rinse the fabric.

Step 4:Let the upholstery dry.

After washing, make sure that the upholstery dries completely. Wet or damp upholstery may interfere and reduce the effectiveness of protection. Furthermore, if the upholstery does not dry completely, there is a good chance that it will develop mildew.

Step 5 :Apply a fabric protector.

When the upholstery is dry, spray a fabric protector all over the entire surface to protect from discoloration. You can find fabric protectors at most stores that sell cleaning supplies. Check the can or bottle to make sure that the fabric protector will not damage or discolor your furniture.Reapply the fabric protector at the start of every season to minimize upholstery damage.

Step 5 :Ground your cushions.

If you must leave the furniture outside, make sure the wind doesn't blow your cushions away. An easy way to keep your cushions in place is to strap them to the furniture with Velcro

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