December is a month of changes, a month that we should take advantage of to prepare our home for winter. In recent weeks we have shared with you many tips in this regard, to which today we add one more related to the care of garden furniture.
In many parts of our geography, the time has come to protect and store our garden furniture. A gesture that will help ensure that they are in perfect condition when the sun warms us again next spring. Simple gestures suitable for each type of furniture and material
Wooden outdoor furniture is probably the one that needs the most maintenance. However, it is necessary to distinguish between those made of tropical woods such as teak, balau, merbau, or iroko, which are much more resistant.
Before storing them, it will be necessary to remove the accumulated dust with a damp cloth (with a few drops of neutral soap) and let them dry. Choose a warm day to do it and allow it to dry for a minimum of 12 hours to make sure there is no trace of moisture left.
Once dry, check the furniture and if the wood is open at any point, repair it! How? Applying a putty for wood so that the furniture remains protecting from any external aggression. Then apply protective oil with a brush always in the direction of the grain. Once the oil is dry, you can put protective covers on them for the winter or collect them where you usually do to protect them from inclement weather.
Natural fiber furniture
Garden furniture made of natural fibers is very popular for the warmth they provide to outdoor spaces. However, as with wood, they need regular maintenance since they deteriorate easily. They suffer from changes in temperature, rain, and cold, so it is essential to protect them against these.
It is convenient to vacuum them regularly to remove dust and avoid the appearance of fungi caused by autumn humidity. Also clean them every month with a solution of ammonia (a few drops only) in water using a natural bristle brush to better access the braiding.
To provide them with greater protection, you can also apply with a stiff bristle brush, a layer of open-pore varnish for exteriors lowered with white spirit.
Wrought iron furniture
Wrought iron furniture has good resistance to the passage of time, hence its widespread use in outdoor decoration. Its maintenance is minimal, but it is essential at least every two years to fight against oxidation.
Eliminating possible rust stains with a metal brush, cleaning the furniture, and then applying a layer of paint or antioxidant varnish to the furniture will be key to keeping them as the first day. A task that you will have to worry about less if you place this furniture on a tiled surface (and not on the ground) and protect it with a cover during the winter.
Galvanized steel and synthetics
The task that is reduced in the case of galvanized steel furniture or painted with UV-resistant paint. These are much more resistant to rust and corrosion and therefore, more comfortable in terms of maintenance. As with synthetic (non-porous) furniture, simply clean it with soap and water before storing it under the covers.
In addition to treating each piece of furniture and each material correctly, you should also take care of the textiles you use to gain comfort. Ideally, when you buy outdoor furniture, make sure that the covers are removable, and you can wash them in the washing machine. Look when you buy them! It will save you a lot of work when cleaning and picking them up until next spring.
As you have seen, protecting garden furniture from the inclemency of winter is relatively simple. However, it will be necessary to dedicate a day or two so that we can enjoy them again in spring.