Here are some easy ways to prepare your patio furniture for the coming patio season:
Spruce up metal chairs and tables by scraping off rust or chipped paint with sandpaper or a wire brush and smooth the metal with steel wool.Rinse well and let dry before painting.To save time, choose a metal paint that doesn’t require a primer.
Sponge, don’t Brush
Sponge, don’t brush. Painting an intricate metal design can take hours. Speed the process by dabbing on paint with a clean kitchen sponge instead of painting with a brush.
For a Perfect Match
For a perfect match, paint wood furniture with leftover paint from your house.This way, even a ragtag assortment of Adirondack chairs will look like a matched set. The best fabric for cushions is vinyl-coated polyester, which resists stains, dries quickly, and is easy to clean with soap and water. Treat mildew with a solution of 1 cup (240 ml) each of laundry detergent and bleach mixed with 3 gallons (11 liters) of water. Rinse well and let the cushions dry in the sun.
Maintain the Luster
Maintain the luster of aluminum furniture by applying a coat of liquid wax at the beginning of the season.Wipe it down with soapy water occasionally and remove any stains with a light liquid abrasive.
Revive wicker. If your wicker furniture begins to dry out, refresh it with water. Spray it with a garden hose or moisten towels with warm water, wring them out, and lay them over the pieces for an hour or so.