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How to Prepare Outdoor Furniture for Warm Weather

As temperatures rise, it's time to prepare your outdoor furniture for warmer months. After a long winter in hibernation, your patio or deck is ready to be transformed into an oasis of relaxation and entertainment. But before you dive into outdoor gatherings and lazy afternoons in the sun, it's crucial to give your outdoor furniture some much-needed attention.

Sometimes, just cleaning your outdoor furniture isn’t enough to preserve it when it’s not in use. Fortunately, Merry Maids® is here to offer tips to help get your outdoor furniture ready for spring and summer.

Dos and Don'ts of Outdoor Furniture Maintenance

The effects of the weather can take a toll on your outdoor furniture. The sun's UV rays, rain, wind, snow, and extreme temperatures can all cause damage, fading, and premature wear. So, protecting your furniture from these elements is important to help with longevity.

The Dos

  • Clean your outdoor furniture regularly to remove dirt, debris, and stains, even when stored away for the season.
  • Cover your furniture when not in use to shield it from direct sunlight and rain.
  • Store cushions and pillows in a dry, sheltered area (or temperature-controlled space) to prevent mildew and mold growth.
  • Apply protective sealants or oils to wooden furniture to maintain its natural beauty and integrity.
  • Repair any cracks, holes, or loose joints promptly to prevent further damage.

The Don'ts

  • Don’t leave your furniture uncovered and exposed to harsh weather conditions.
  • Don’t use abrasive cleaners or tools that can scratch or damage the furniture surface. Instead, try natural cleaning products, which you may already own.
  • Don’t neglect regular maintenance, which can lead to costly repairs or replacements.

By incorporating the dos and avoiding the don'ts, you'll ensure that your furniture looks great and remains functional. Regular cleaning, covering when not in use, storing cushions and pillows properly, applying protective sealants, and promptly repairing any damage are all crucial steps to prevent premature wear and costly repairs or replacements.

Remember, neglecting regular maintenance can result in the need for expensive fixes down the line. So, prioritize the care of your outdoor furniture and enjoy a beautiful and functional outdoor space in spring and summer.

Tips for Maintaining Various Outdoor Furniture Materials

Cleaning your outdoor furniture is an essential step in maintaining its appearance and functionality. Different materials require specific cleaning methods.

Here are some tips to help you keep your outdoor furniture materials looking their best:

  • Wood: Use a mild soapy solution and a soft brush to gently scrub away dirt and grime. Rinse thoroughly and allow it to dry completely before applying a protective sealant or oil.
  • Metal: Wipe down metal furniture with a mixture of warm water and mild soap. For stubborn stains, use a non-abrasive cleaner. Rinse well and dry the surface to prevent rust.
  • Plastic: Clean plastic furniture with warm water and mild detergent. Scrub gently with a soft brush or sponge. Rinse thoroughly and let it air dry.
  • Wicker: Vacuum wicker furniture to remove loose dirt and dust. Use a solution of water and mild detergent to clean any stains or spills. Rinse well and let it air dry.

In addition to regular cleaning, it's important to address any damage promptly. Repair cracks, holes, and loose joints using appropriate materials or seek professional help if needed.

The Benefits of Professional Cleaning Services

Maintaining your home can be a time-consuming task, especially if you have a large collection of furniture or furniture with intricate designs. That's where professional cleaning services, such as Merry Maids®, can help. With our expertise and specialized tools, we can help provide a deep and thorough cleaning experience.

Hiring professionals can help save time and effort while enjoying the peace of mind of knowing your furniture is in good hands. Additionally, professional cleaning services can help extend the lifespan of your indoor and outdoor furniture by addressing cleaning needs before they become overwhelming.

Trust Merry Maids with Your Home Cleaning Needs

With your outdoor furniture looking refreshed and revitalized, you can welcome the warmer months with open arms, ready to make countless memories in your beautiful outdoor space.

So, don't let neglected outdoor furniture put a damper on your summer plans. Take the necessary steps to prepare and maintain your home, helping keep it the haven of comfort and style before, during, and after the warmer months. And if you need a little extra help, don't hesitate to reach out to the professionals at Merry Maids.

Request a free cleaning estimate with our team today!