By Chris Mautner
posted on May 24th
Keep outdoor furniture in good condition
If you haven’t already done so, no doubt you’ll soon be digging out your backyard chairs, tables, and umbrellas in order to enjoy the warm days of summer from the comfort of your home.
But setting up your patio furniture and maintaining it are two different things. How can you ensure your nice furniture stays in tip-top condition?
Relax. With just a little bit of effort — and some tips from Kelli Gehman, a sales representative at the Home Depot store in Hampden Twp. — you can make sure your wicker or wrought iron pieces stay in good shape for years to come.
There are three times you’ll want to clean your patio furniture: When you bring it out for the first time, once in the middle of the summer, and right before you store it away. (Of course, you might decide to give it a touch-up if you’re having company visit.)
When bringing out your furniture initially, make sure all the bolts and clips are tight and securely fastened, as the metal will expand and contract with the change in seasons.
Don’t use generic pressure washers to clean your furniture. “They are too rough on most furniture and they’ll take the paint off or tear the fabric,” Gehman said. So don’t take it to the car wash, and don’t dump it in the pool to rinse off either.
When cleaning wicker furniture, Gehman recommends using a big sponge — the kind you use to clean your car. Soap it up using gentle laundry detergent or dish detergent and then wash the piece.
Gehman also recommends using car wax to clean the exposed metal or aluminum sections of your outdoor furniture. Use a little bit, let it soak in and wipe it down so it doesn’t get brittle. Try not to do this on an overly hot day. Instead, shoot for a cloudy or overcast day, when the rain can help it sit and soak in.