Easy ways to make your garden furniture last longer

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March 20, 2024
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5 essential tips to to extend the lifespan of your garden furniture

As Spring begins to blossom, it's time to dust off your garden furniture and prepare for outdoor gatherings under the warming sun. At BIG Warranties, we understand the value of investing in quality garden furniture and ensuring it stands the test of time.

In this blog, our experts have compiled five easy tips to help make your garden furniture last longer.

1. Invest in durable materials

Investing in durable materials is the first step toward ensuring the longevity of your garden furniture. Opt for materials like aluminium, stainless steel, teak, or synthetic rattan, which are known for their resilience against various weather conditions. While plastic furniture is budget-friendly and can be long-lasting if well-constructed, it may not be as eco-friendly and can be prone to warping in extreme heat.

2. Clean your garden furniture regularly

Regular cleaning not only keeps your garden furniture looking its best but also helps prolong its lifespan. Wipe down frames weekly with a damp cloth to remove surface dirt, and schedule a more thorough cleaning session two to four times a year. The cleaning method varies depending on the material, so always refer to the manufacturer's instructions to avoid damage.

Here are some general cleaning tips:

  • For wooden furniture, use a stiff brush to remove debris annually, followed by a wash with warm soapy water.
  • Rattan or wicker furniture can be cleaned with a pressure washer on a low setting or a sponge and warm soapy water.
  • Plastic furniture is easy to clean with warm soapy water and a soft sponge.
  • Metal furniture may only require occasional cleaning with soapy water and a non-abrasive sponge.

3. Steal, stain & treat

Applying treatments like staining, oiling, or sealing can rejuvenate old wood and protect it from moisture and mold. For metal furniture, ensure it has an anti-rust sealant, or apply a protective coating if necessary. Regular maintenance will prevent rust and prolong the life of your furniture.

4. Store indoors during harsh weather

British weather can be unpredictable, so it's wise to bring your garden furniture indoors during harsh conditions. Storing it in a shed, garage, or utility room will protect it from moisture and damage caused by wind or intense sunlight. We recommend compact, folding furniture if storage space is limited.

5. Invest in a garden furniture cover

If storing indoors isn't feasible, invest in a quality garden furniture cover to shield your outdoor furniture from the elements. Look for covers that are waterproof yet breathable to prevent moisture build-up. Ensure the cover fits snugly and has features like drawstrings or ties for added security.

By following these simple yet effective tips, you can extend the lifespan of your garden furniture and enjoy outdoor gatherings for years to come. At BIG Warranties, we're committed to helping you protect your investments, whether it's through our appliance insurance or by providing valuable maintenance advice for your outdoor furniture. Take proactive steps to preserve your outdoor oasis today!

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