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How To Maintain Your Outdoor Furniture Through The Different Seasons

Having an outdoor living space can help to improve your home in many ways. Not only do you create a space where you can enjoy entertaining and hanging out, the space can help to increase the value of your home. When designing this space, you need to choose outdoor furniture that is both attractive and functional. Whether or not you live in an area that experiences extreme weather conditions, you need to make sure that your outdoor furniture is protected and safe from harm.

Extreme temperatures and humidity can wreak havoc on your outdoor furniture causing deterioration of the materials and the quality. It is important to take good care of your outdoor furniture to avoid damage and to protect its value. There are some important maintenance tips that will help to enhance the life of your furniture.

•    Applying varnish

If your outdoor furniture is wooden, it is vital to treat the material using a protective varnish. This is especially necessary during the summer. The varnish helps to protect the quality of the furniture by reducing moisture absorption and offering necessary protection from sunrays. This also helps in enhancing or preservation of the color. If your furniture is metal, applying protective paint is recommended to prevent rusting that occurs due to exposure to moisture or humidity.

It is important to keep checking the furniture to find out if it needs an extra coating of varnish or protective paint. Depending on the type of environment you live in, you might find it necessary to have to reapply the coat every year or so. Doing this yourself is easy, but you could also rent a cheap contractor to do it for you as well.

•    Replace the fabric

It is a good idea to replace the fabric on your outdoor furniture regularly. The frame can last a long time but the fabric does not hold up too well. It may be necessary to replace the fabric annually to keep the furniture looking its very best. If your furniture has cushions, it is a good idea to bring them into the home or storage unit when not in use. Having removable cushion covers will make it easy to remove and clean the fabric when necessary.

If you find yourself having to replace furniture fabric, you should always insist on having it done professionally. This way, the fabric will not be damaged by the elements too much. Remember, the latter will necessitate further repairs and replacements sooner than is necessary.

•    Furniture covers

Use waterproof covers to protect your outdoor furniture especially when the weather is not so great. The protective coverings will come in handy when your furniture is not in storage as they prevent moisture absorption. The covers will also help to protect your outdoor furniture from dust, dirt and outdoor elements that can damage your furniture. Protecting the furniture when it is not in use will help to ensure that it maintains its value and quality for years. The furniture covers should be specifically made for this reason in order to work most effectively.

If you have some space and the resources, you could also ensure that the furniture is under some sort of shade most of the time. For instance, you could construct a gazebo with a roof to protect the furniture against the elements and to also give you an ideal place to relax when you need to.

•    Getting the right type of furniture

Once you have decided to spruce up the outdoors using a set of outdoor furniture, you should not assume that you can use any type of furniture for this purpose. Even if you are going to use the furniture in a shaded area such as under a porch, it would be important to ensure that what you get is specifically meant for outdoor use. This improves the longevity of the furniture, and also ensures that maintaining them will not need a lot of work on your part.

•    Furniture storage

Consider placing the furniture in storage when it is not in use. It is not necessary to have the furniture outside in the winter when no one is likely to use it. Renting a storage unit is convenient because you have somewhere safe to store the furniture. When considering storage, look for a facility where the furniture can be kept in the best environment. Consistent temperature helps to protect the furniture from the damaging effects of excessive moisture. You can look for a storage facility that offers month-to-month leases that will allow you to store the outdoor furniture when the winter months roll around.

If you are looking for affordable and convenient storage for your furniture, visit a storage facility that offers a safe and secure environment. We at Abacus Self Storage can take care of all your storage needs so find out more today!

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