Why Caring For Your Outdoor Furniture Can Bring Your Patio Back to Life

Patio furniture should be cleaned on a semi-annual basis.

patio-furniture-careWhen the warm weather arrives, one cannot help but dream about all the barbeques and gatherings that can be held on a beautiful deck and patio. But before you can fully enjoy this experience, you’ll have to deal with the dreaded task of cleaning.

Now, most of you out there hate cleaning, but love the feeling of a clean environment after – this applies to both indoors and outdoors. A clean patio not only brightens up your backyard, but it also creates an atmosphere that’s inviting. Here are some tips that can help you spruce up your backyard without having to spend a fortune.

Cleaning Your Cushions

Outdoor furniture cushions should be cleaned at least twice a season – at the minimum. It’s fairly simple to do. Simply remove the slipcovers and place them in the wash. Once that’s done, take them out and place them right back onto your cushions. It’s important to remember not put them in the dryer as they won’t retain their original shape.

Washing Your Pillows

Your outdoor foam pillows should be cleaned annually, typically at the beginning of the season. If they happen to fit in your washer, launder it on a gentle cycle and dry it on low heat. For an added bonus, you can toss a couple tennis balls to enhance the drying process and essentially “beat out” the moisture that’s retained. Once this process is complete, ensure that the pillows are fully dry before placing them back outside. If there is excess moisture still trapped, you could potentially be dealing with mold and mildew.

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