We expect a lot from our outdoor furniture. It sits in the garden for months on end, battered by wind and rain and scorched by the sun, and then summer comes around and we somehow expect it to be exactly as we left it last year.
Good quality outdoor furniture can last a long time with the right treatment, so this is something you should take into consideration when choosing your outdoor furniture set. Whether your outdoor furniture is made of wood, rattan, cane or metal, you will need to follow a few steps to keep it in tip-top shape. And don’t forget your soft furnishings, too!
Wooden furniture will need to be treated every year to keep it looking great and to make sure it lasts a long time. You will need to clean the furniture with warm soapy water to remove any residue, sand the surface lightly and then apply a few coats of specialist outdoor furniture oil. Give it 48 hours to dry and you’re good to go for another year!
Outdoor rattan furniture is often weather resistant, so it won’t need much care other than an occasional wipe with warm soapy water to keep it looking nice. To prolong the life of your rattan furniture, always use it with soft furnishings – not only will this be more comfortable, but it will also keep it looking pristine for longer.
Metal furniture can be quite easy to care for, particularly if it is made of aluminium. If you have steel furniture, look out for rust spots and treat with steel wool and outdoor metal paint in the same shade to prevent further damage and weakening of the outdoor furniture. Metal furniture can get very hot in the sun, so make sure you use cushion pads to make it more comfortable.
If you are using cane furniture in your conservatory, you will need to make sure you move it around regularly to ensure it isn’t always exposed to the sun in the same areas. You will also need to keep moisture levels and humidity under control to prevent damp. If you notice any areas of damp, clean with a solution of bleach and warm water, rinse and allow to dry.
Outdoor soft furnishings
The best way to ensure your outdoor furniture lasts as long as possible is to use it with cushions. Look for cushions made from weather-treated fabrics, or synthetic leather, which is used to upholster yachts. Turn your cushions frequently to ensure even sun bleaching and spot treat any stains before they have a chance to take hold. All soft furnishing should be stored in a clean and dry place for for winter months to keep them looking as good as the day you bought them.