Landscaping Tips: Getting Your Patio Furniture Ready for Summer
Nothing beats relaxing on the patio or under a shady tree in a comfortable chair, but your favorite furniture won’t be attractive for long if you don’t take care of it. Follow these tips for years of service from your outdoor furniture.
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.