September is a month of change, a month we should take advantage of to prepare our home for winter. In the last few weeks we have shared with you many tips about it that today we add one more related to the care of garden furniture.
In many places of our geography the time has come to protect and store our garden furniture. A gesture that will help them to be in perfect condition when the sun will warm us again next spring. Simple gestures suitable for each type of furniture and material
Wooden outdoor furniture is probably the ones that need the most maintenance. It is necessary, however, to distinguish between these those made in tropical woods such as teka, balau, merbau or iroko, much more resistant.
Before storing it will be necessary to remove the accumulated dust with a damp cloth (with a few drops of neutral soap) and allow them to dry. Choose a warm day to do so and let dry a minimum of 12 hours to make sure there is no trace of moisture left.
Once dry, check the furniture and in case of being at some point the open wood repair it! How? Applying a wood putty so that the furniture is protected from any external aggression. Then apply protective oil with brush always in the direction of the vein. Once the oil is dry you can place protective covers for winter or collect them where you do it to protect them from the weather.
Furniture made of natural fibers
Garden furniture made of natural fibers is very popular for the warmth they provide to outdoor spaces. However and as with wood they need regular maintenance as they deteriorate easily. They resent temperature changes, rain and cold… so it is imperative to protect them from these.
It is convenient to vacuum them regularly to remove dust and avoid the appearance of fungi caused by autumn moisture. Also clean them every month with a dissolution of ammonia (a few drops only) in water using a natural bristle brush in order to better access the braiding.
In order to provide them with greater protection, you can also apply with a hard bristle brush, a layer of open pore varnish for outdoor recessed with turpentine.
Wrought Iron Furniture
Wrought iron furniture has a good resistance to the passage of time hence its widespread use in outdoor decoration. Its maintenance is minimal but it is essential at least every two years to fight against oxidation.
Removing possible rust stains with a metal brush, cleaning the furniture and then applying a layer of paint or anti-rust varnish to the furniture will be key to keeping them like the first day. A task that you will have to worry less about if you place this furniture on a tiled surface (and not on earth) and protect it with a cover during the winter.
Galvanized and synthetic steel
The task that is reduced in the case of galvanized steel furniture or painted with UV-resistant paint. These are much more resistant to rust and corrosion and therefore more comfortable in terms of maintenance. As with synthetic (non-porous) furniture, it will be enough to clean it with soap and water before storing it under the covers.
In addition to properly treating each piece of furniture and every material, you should also take care of the textiles you use to gain comfort. Ideally, when you buy outdoor furniture, make sure that the covers are removable and you can wash them in the washing machine. Look when you buy them! It will save you a lot of work when it comes to cleaning and picking them up until next spring.
As you were able to see to protect garden furniture from the weather of winter it is rather simple. However, it will be necessary to devote a day or two so that in spring we can enjoy them again.