Garden furniture adds character to any garden and makes entertaining in the garden more enjoyable. However, while you can keep it clean and reduce the amount of damage from the elements, even garden furniture made of stone and concrete will eventually show some signs of aging.
It's important that you look after your garden furniture, and look after it well. By providing proper care and maintenance to your garden furniture, you're helping it to age well, which means you'll have it for a lot longer.
Tips on how to maintain garden furniture
Clean regularly: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. It is much easier to clean your garden furniture regularly rather than waiting for rust, dirt and mould to appear before you do anything.
*Tips for cleaning furniture:
– For cleaning plastic chairs, Harriet Jones, cleaning and maintenance supervisor at Go Cleaners London, suggests you mix hot water with a quarter cup of household bleach in a bucket.
â€˜â€™Put on gloves, grab a brush and dip it in the bucket. Scrub the chairs and then leave the solution for a couple of minutes. Rinse with clean water and dry the chairs with a cloth.â€™â€™
– Another method Harriet suggests for cleaning plastic chairs involves using vinegar.
''Grab your garden hose and wet the chairs. Mix a quarter cup of vinegar with hot water in a bucket.Â When it comes to removing dust, dirt, or dried food, use a soft bristle scrub brush. Wash the chairs with water and let them dry naturally.''
– For spot cleaning on cushions, Harriet recommends treating oil-based spills with an absorbent material like flour, potato starch or corn starch. For liquid spills, use a dry cloth, be patient and avoid rubbing as it can make things worse. She recommends that you blot the surface instead.
''Spray the affected area with a solution made of mild cleaning solution and water. Next, wash the fabric to remove all soap leftover and leave it to dry naturally''
Cover and store: During the off season and at times when you're not going to use it, it's best that you cover your garden furniture and store it away.
*Tips on how to properly store your garden furniture
– Furniture covers: Invest in some furniture covers for additional protection, even if you are storing some of it in the shed. Covers come in a variety of styles and sizes so you'll be able to find one that suits you. These covers are made of extra thick material and are waterproof so theyâ€™re well worth the investment.
– Remove the additional items: Cushions and pillows need to be removed prior to storing. Â Clean the cushions well and allow them to dry naturally. Once theyâ€™re completely dry, put in plastic bags and store in your chosen location.
– Keep the place free from clutter: If you're going to store your garden furniture in the shed, keep it tidy. If the space becomes cluttered, the chances of your garden furniture becoming damaged increases. We're not saying that you should dedicate the entire shed to your garden furniture but we are suggesting choosing a spot that's just for that and nothing else.
If you've got some tips, let us know in the comments!