How to Clean & Maintain Your Outdoor Furniture

| FurnitureOkay Editorial Team

For most homeowners their outdoor furniture is an extension of their homes’ interior and as such it is an investment worth making. However, after a few seasons of use and being subjected to all types of weather your garden furniture may start to look tired. Outdoor furnishings come in a variety of different materials which all have their unique care requirements in order to get the best out of them. The guide below takes a look at some of the most common outdoor furniture and how to clean and maintain it. If you're still in the market to purchase a new outdoor setting, check out our outdoor furniture buying guide.

The Importance of Cleaning and Maintaining Outdoor Furniture

As mentioned above, garden furniture generally goes through a lot; whether its heat and sunshine which can cause brittleness and fading, or wet weather that brings on mildew and rust. As an investment into the appearance and value of your property, it makes sense to pay attention to the upkeep of your outdoor pieces. Not only do you preserve the value, you also enhance the lifespan of your furniture.

  • Wood: Simply wiping your wooden outdoor furniture regularly with some hot soapy water should keep it looking great throughout the year. Applying some protective treatment on garden furniture made out of wood at least once yearly will also help to protect its appearance and prolong its life.
  • Metal Garden Furniture: Nowadays most metal garden furniture comes in materials that are prepared to withstand the elements but a regular clean will also help. Use a non-abrasive cloth to wash with soapy water or a low setting if you prefer to get the pressure washer out.
  • Rattan Furniture: Rattan garden furniture is another material that is designed to withstand the worst the weather has to offer and as such it generally requires minimal care. Simply washing rattan garden furniture whenever necessary and paying attention to any metal frames will keep your favourite pieces in good nick for a long time to come.
  • Resin Outdoor Furniture: The care requirements of resin based furniture are similar to those of Rattan. Just a regular wash with warm, soapy water to keep stains at bay or even with a pressure washer for more difficult dirt will do.
If you would like to add fabrics to your outdoor setting its advisable to invest in some breathable furniture covers to help protect your furniture. In addition to the cleaning and maintenance tips above, it also helps to store the furniture away from harsh weather where possible. These simple tips will help you to enjoy your outdoor furniture for longer which in turn will prove to be a great return on your investment!