Like New: Tips For Restoring
When the warmth of spring finally hits, the first thing you'll want to do is soak up the sun and breathe in the fresh air while comfortably lounging on your patio. The first thing you should do, however, is to check up on your outdoor furniture. It's been through a lot since the last time you made use of it and could do with some TLC. Here are 5 easy tips for restoring your patio furniture damaged by winter weather.
Wicker In Winter
Ideally, wicker furniture is covered and stored away in a garage, shed or den for the season. It doesn't do well in the elements, as wicker tends to expand and contract with the temperature, which leads to cracking and splintering. Begin the restoration process by hosing everything down with lukewarm water and rubbing it down with a scrub brush (or toothbrush for hard-to-reach areas). This removes the paint and any stains for easier upgrading. Rinse with water one more time to get rid of excess debris and let dry. Stick broken reeds back together with wood-friendly glue, and then add paint for the finishing touch.
Some homeowners think leaving their steel patio furniture outside adds extra style to their rustic home decor. The rust that develops from prolonged exposure to the elements might look interesting but it causes quite a bit of damage and discomfort. It weakens the frame and makes for uncomfortable sitting. The restoration process is simple but may take awhile to complete. Muster up all your endurance to smooth out the surface with a wire brush and sander. Then complete the finish with rust-resistant primer and several coats of spray paint.
This type of furniture can actually be left outside if it's covered all season long. Aluminum is an incredibly durable material that readily withstands Mother Nature's temperament. Once spring rolls around, all you'll really need is mild soap to remove dust, chemicals, pollen, and other debris, as well as paint to touch-up chips and scratches. Apply clear, liquid car wax to help maintain for a shimmery luster.
Natural Materials In Nature
Any furniture you have that's made of natural materials, such as stone or bamboo, is particularly susceptible to the elements. Their many cracks and crevices allow water to get inside, freeze and tear apart your furniture. For stone surfaces, gently hose down any stains and scrub vigorously with a pH neutral cleansing detergent. To prevent future problems, seal seat and tabletop edges every 6 to 12 months. Bamboo restoration follows the same process as wicker.
This patio furniture can be left outside in the snow, wind and rain, and still require very little maintenance when the season changes. Remove the old finish, debris and flaking with a high-pressure hose. Let dry then sand for a smooth, even surface. Use a foam paintbrush (a traditional paintbrush also works but it doesn't reach nooks and crannies) to apply your preferred color and let the furniture dry inside, where the finish won't be affected by leaves, sticks, stones and more.