Outdoor Furniture Care: 10 Tips for Prolonging Quality
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13 May 2024

Outdoor Furniture Care: 10 Tips for Prolonging Quality

Outdoor Furniture Care: 10 Tips for Prolonging Quality

Outdoor furniture care is paramount to ensure the patio or backyard remains an inviting haven for relaxation and entertainment. Over time, exposure to the elements can take a toll on outdoor furniture, leading to wear and tear.


Implementing a regular maintenance routine is essential to preserve its quality and extend its lifespan. In this article, we'll explore valuable tips for effective outdoor furniture care.

 



Prioritise Quality Materials



Selecting outdoor furniture crafted from high-quality materials is the first step in ensuring durability and resistance to outdoor conditions. Opt for materials like teak, kambala, cedar, aluminium, iron and all-weather wicker known for their ability to withstand moisture, sunlight, and pests. Investing in quality materials upfront will pay dividends in the long run.



Laskasas launched it first outdoor collection and invested in high quality materials, prioritising the use of dark kambala, textured iron and a plethora of weather and fire resistant fabrics.



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Regular Cleaning Regimen



Establishing a regular cleaning schedule is crucial for removing dirt, pollen, and debris that accumulate on outdoor furniture. Use a mild soap and water solution to gently clean surfaces, avoiding harsh chemicals that can damage finishes.



For wooden furniture, opt for specialised wood cleaners formulated for outdoor use to maintain their natural beauty.



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Invest in Protective Covers



Protecting your outdoor furniture with weatherproof covers when not in use is essential for shielding it from rain, snow, and UV rays. Quality covers prevent fading, rust, and deterioration, ultimately prolonging the lifespan of your furniture.



Ensure the covers fit snugly to provide maximum protection. At Laskasas, all our outdoor furniture have a waterproof cover available.

Conduct Routine Inspections



Regularly inspect your outdoor furniture for any signs of damage or wear. Check for loose joints, rust spots, or chipped paint, and address these issues promptly to prevent further damage.



Tighten loose screws or bolts, sand and re-finish wooden surfaces as needed, and touch up paint or sealant to maintain protection against moisture.



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Apply Protective Finishes



For wooden outdoor furniture, applying protective finishes such as varnish, sealant, or oil is essential for sealing the wood and protecting it from moisture, sunlight, and pests.



Choose a finish specifically formulated for outdoor use and reapply it according to the manufacturer's recommendations to maintain the furniture's integrity.



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Minimise Sun Exposure



Prolonged exposure to direct sunlight can cause outdoor furniture to fade, warp, or crack over time. Whenever possible, position your furniture in shaded areas or use umbrellas to provide additional protection from UV rays.



Alternatively, invest in sun-resistant fabrics or materials designed to withstand UV exposure such as Laskasas provides to it's clients.



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Proper Storage Practices



During the off-season or inclement weather, proper storage is essential for protecting outdoor furniture from damage. Store furniture in a dry, climate-controlled environment such as a garage, shed, or basement to prevent exposure to moisture and extreme temperatures.



If space is limited, opt for stackable or foldable furniture for easy storage.



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Mindful Use of Outdoor Furniture



Encourage mindful use by avoiding excessive weight or strain on furniture pieces. Distribute weight evenly and refrain from using outdoor furniture for activities it isn't designed for, such as standing or climbing.



This approach helps prevent unnecessary wear and tear, preserving the furniture's longevity.



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Use Eco-Friendly Cleaning Solutions



When cleaning outdoor furniture, avoid harsh chemicals that can damage surfaces or harm the environment. Instead, opt for eco-friendly cleaning solutions or homemade remedies such as vinegar and water or baking soda paste.



These gentle alternatives effectively remove stains and grime without compromising the integrity of your furniture.



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Seek Professional Assistance When Needed



If your outdoor furniture requires extensive repairs or restoration, don't hesitate to seek professional help. Experienced craftsmen and furniture restoration specialists have the skills and expertise to tackle complex repairs and re-finishing projects, ensuring that your furniture is restored to its original beauty and functionality.



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In conclusion, outdoor furniture care is essential for prolonging the quality and lifespan of your outdoor furniture. By following these tips, you can protect your investment and enjoy your outdoor space for years to come.



From regular cleaning and inspections to protective covers and finishes, proactive maintenance is key to preserving the beauty and functionality of any outdoor furniture.

Author

Diogo Filipe Mendes

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