How to keep your patio furniture looking great

August 29, 2014

Through the rain, sleet, snow and wind, your patio furniture stays outside enduring the elements. Although surprisingly durable, some of your outdoor equipment can start to degrade over the months. Now is the perfect time to go out and do some maintenance or prepare for the winter to make sure that your patio pieces stay in top condition for years to come. Here are a few helpful tips to keep everything looking great.

Clean regularly
No matter how tough your furniture is, it won't do much good against dirt and grime. Every so often, break out the cleaning supplies and get to work on the outdoor furniture to keep it looking new. Install It Direct suggested using soap and water for pieces made out of vinyl, plastic or aluminum, but stick to just water for wooden furniture. A power washer can be very useful for quick and efficient cleanup. 

Remove and prevent rust
For metal patio furniture, rust can be a big problem. Luckily, removing problem spots is relatively simple, according to Bob Vila. Use a wire brush to scrape away any flakes of rust from your furniture and prevent it from spreading further. You can also use automotive wax on your outdoor equipment for added protection against rust. After the outdoor season is over, cover your furniture with tarps or covers to protect it from rusting over the winter season.

Take special care of fabrics
Many outdoor fabric materials are made to deter mold, but that doesn't always prevent the scum from forming, according to Install It Direct. Clean your outdoor fabrics with a vacuum, shake them out and wash out any stains with bleach and detergent or soap and water if the material is made from cotton or if it's printed. This will get rid of the mildew and make your furniture fresh again. Consider storing fabric cushions and umbrellas in a shed over the winter. Make sure the area is clean and dry to prevent mildew from forming.

The information in these articles is intended to provide guidance on the proper maintenance and care of systems and appliances in the home. Not all of the topics mentioned are covered by our home warranty or maintenance plans. Please review your home warranty contract carefully to understand your coverage.