How do I prolong the life of my patio furniture?

If you have ever wanted to know how to prolong the life of your patio furniture, then we have some top tips for keeping it looking like new for longer...

Patio furniture gives you a chance to chill outside by yourself or with your friends and family. It can be stylish and comfortable, and it’s especially perfect for those blissful summer days. 

Because patio furniture spends much of its life outside, it will need a bit of tender loving care so that it doesn’t weaken and brittle too quickly. 

In this article, Lazy Susan walks you through everything you need to do in order to prolong the life of your patio furniture so that you get as much enjoyment out of it as possible. 

Clean your patio furniture 

Clean It

While some types of patio furniture are higher maintenance than others, all types should be cleaned at least once a month in order to get the dirt and debris out. The good news is that a simple damp cloth or sponge should do the trick most of the time. All you need to do is take your cloth or sponge and wipe your tables and chairs down in order to get the dust and dirt out. 

Occasionally, you might also want to use soap and water, while for wooden furniture you’ll need to use a stiff brush. You could also, of course, take a hosepipe on a spray setting and hose your furniture down every now and then.  

One final point is to read the label first before you buy cleaning products to ensure they are okay to use on the type of material your furniture is made from. 

Use coverings (or take your furniture inside)

Use Coverings

Depending on what type of outdoor furniture you’ve got, you’ll either want to take it inside when it’s not in use or at least cover it up in order to protect it from the sun’s UV rays, as well as rain and snow.

If you’ve got aluminium furniture (such as that sold at Lazy Susan) or stainless steel furniture, you could actually get away with leaving it outdoors. This is because aluminium furniture doesn’t rust, rot, or mould and is resistant to all weather conditions.

If you have natural rattan furniture, make sure to invest in waterproof sheeting (patio covers) with enough airflow so that moisture doesn’t build up underneath. 

Wax the surface

Even the best outdoor furniture can be affected by the elements over time. But this can be avoided as long as you wax your furniture’s surface once a year. Indeed, it’s one of the easiest ways to keep your patio furniture in good condition so you don’t need to replace it regularly. You can even use the car wax you already have at home if you don’t want to purchase new products.

Invest in weather-resistant furniture 

Invest in Weather-Resistant Furniture

As mentioned earlier, aluminium patio furniture won’t rust, rot, or mould. This is because it is weather-resistant — making it popular with UK homeowners who want outdoor furniture that will last. 

Other durable options include resin, which is a synthetic rattan that’s cheaper than natural rattan and easier to maintain. It’s also more durable and can be left outside in most types of weather. 

Final Thoughts 

Patio furniture has a shelf-life — just like everything else. However, with the proper care and maintenance, which generally means cleaning it once or twice a month, and waxing the surface to protect it from the elements so you can make it last longer.

Moreover, if you invest in weather-resistant outdoor furniture from the start, such as aluminium garden furniture that we sell here at Lazy Susan, you’ll already have furniture that requires less upkeep.

Feel free to contact us today to see how we can help meet your needs. 

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