There are a few methods to make sure that your furniture and its covers retain their quality, durability, and gloss throughout the year. The first process is vacuuming. If you have an existing armchair or sofa, vacuum them every week. A general cleaning helps in removing surface soil.
- It also prevents dirt and debris from entering the fibers. You can use a brush with soft bristles for gently dusting the fabric without snagging it.
- It needs immediate cleaning of spills. Attend to the areas of spillages. Use a clean towel for gently blotting the spills. It ensures that the stains don’t stay inside the fabric.
- You also need to turn the sofas and cushions. Some seats and items get more wear and usage. Changing them periodically ensures even fatigue. It extends the life span of your upholstered furniture.
- You need to avoid pollutants and sunlight. Too much sun can be detrimental for your upholstery fabric, leading to fraying and fading.
Maintaining your outdoor furniture
Cleaning your furniture depends on its materials. Don’t use powder for washing patio furniture. Don’t use bleach or any corrosive cleaners to wash your furniture cover. If you’re using a cleaning solution, you can test it on a furniture piece.
- Keep your patio furniture in proper repair. Perform light cleaning every month. If there are stains, saps, or bird droppings on the covers, clean them immediately.
- Bird droppings and saps can be corrosive. To clean your outdoor furniture, rinse it with a hose for washing off the dirt’s first layer.
- Mix 1/4th cup of mild detergent or dish-washing gel in a container of warm water.
- Wash the cover with a sponge or soft brush. Scrub the furniture, not the cover.
- If it’s a metal furniture, like aluminum, steel, or iron, you need to retain the anti-rust coating.
- You can apply wax or use naval gel/jelly for protecting it from rust and corrosion.
If the furniture has mold and dust, use sandpaper (fine-grit) for removing the pollutants from the furniture. Use a soapy solution for wiping it clean. If necessary, apply a dedicated touchup paint in several thin coats. Give some time to the paint for drying up between two layers.
Storing patio furniture
Preventive maintenance is the key to safeguarding your outdoor furniture and its covers. It’s futile to worry about cleaners and solutions if you’re letting your sofa and chairs soak up the rainfall.
- The most popular furniture covers comprise vinyl, polyester, or canvas. They can protect your furniture and items in the face of the most blustering and ravaging storms.
- An expert take is that furniture covers don’t cater to the classic windy and wet conditions. It’s just like wearing SPF100 for shielding your own skin. Patio outdoor covers help in thwarting sun exposure and color fading.
- They also protect it from bird poop. You don’t need to scrub it off the lounge chair and other furniture.
You also need to pay attention to the climate of your area. Weather forecast is a very important thing in this regard.