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Do's and don'ts about your outdoor furniture


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									Do’s and Don’ts About Your Outdoor Furniture

Although your outdoor furniture may be built and designed to weather the
elements, it is still not indestructible and here are some do’s and
don’ts about your outdoor furniture.

As outdoor furniture are being subjected to the elements and are actually
getting repeated torture and blows from the sun and rain, aside from the
fact that it also gets scratched or scraped with occasional bumps and
gusts of wind carrying sand or grit particles that can dull a chrome
metal finish and can also cause discoloration of paint finish.

Unless necessary steps are taken to protect outdoor furniture from the
elements like covering it when not in use or stowing it away indoors
during bad weather, it does not require as much care as what is usually
being done for indoor furniture.

Outdoor furniture can be as much similar as cars, especially when it
comes to protection from the weather, since basically it is subjected to
as much pressure as it does under the heat of the sun.

But essentially, outdoor furniture is designed for durability, but prices
also has a way of providing that extra heavy-duty protection.
So, it is safe to say that relatively the more expensive outdoor
furniture, under standard conditions and quality, are afforded with more
protection compared to its less expensive counterparts.

How is it so, taking for example outdoor furniture made of metal. Except
for wrought –iron and stainless steel, metal –based outdoor furniture,
especially the more expensive ones, are painted with an epoxy based
primer that protects metal from getting on contact with heat or water
that could cause it to corrode and get damaged in time.

So it is best to take note that even if your outdoor furniture is made of
metal, make sure to have it protected as well by either covering it when
not in use.

It also requires at least hosing it down with soapy water once every two
weeks to prevent spills or substances that cling to metal and eventually
seep through the metal’s protective covering.

Avoid using cleaning agents not made for your outdoor furniture, unless
it is specified in the product label or information.

Cleaning products designed for cleaning outdoor furniture are formulated
to make your outdoor furniture last longer and provide protection as
well, compared to regular household cleaners.

However, if a standard cleaning formula is also compatible or suitable
for materials that make up your outdoor furniture, then you can rest
assured that it is safe for use.

Always make it a point to read the product labels or specifications first
before using one on your outdoor furniture.
Those that are likely difficult or a bit more challenging to maintain are
the fabric cushions that are sually added to accessorize most outdoor

Although most fabric material used for outdoor furniture cushions tend to
resist dust from clinging to the fabric material, moisture and water
could still get absorbed into fabric, causing mildew to form in the
padding so always keep cushions covered when not in use.

During winter time, make sure to either cover your outdoor furniture or
if possible, you can stow away your furniture into the garage until the
season passes.

So try and save yourself the money by not having to buy new outdoor
furniture simply just by ensuring that your existing outdoor furniture is
adequately protected and as long as you know how the do’s and don’ts
about your outdoor furniture.

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