Outdoor furniture is fast to deteriorate, whether it is made from wood, plastic, or steel; all because the outdoor furniture is exposed to direct sunlight, rain, wind, dirt, and bird dropping – factors that contribute to fast wear and tear of outdoor furniture, especially the chairs.
If you do not want to replace your outdoor chairs every after 6 months or every year, you should know these smart ways on how to make your outdoor chairs last longer.
#1: Always keep it clean
The right way to clean your outdoor chair may depend on the material your chair is made of; so, make sure you got all you need to know about outdoor chairs before making a step. Here are some quick steps on how to keep your chair clean:
- Clean your metal-made chairs with soapy water and wipe it with clean and dry cleaning cloth.
- For hardwood chairs, use wood cleaner or restorer oil; this will help keep the moisture out of the wood.
- For wicker-made chairs, you should use soapy water and a soft brush to clean off the dirt, especially within tricky spaces. Also, do not forget to dry it off under the sun to mold and mildew build-up. However, when you clean this type of chair, it should be done at least once a month to avoid fast wear and tear. For regular days, you may wipe off the dirt using a brush and clean cloth.
- For plastic-made chairs, you may clean it using soapy water and a dry cleaning cloth. Make sure to dry off the remaining water to avoid fast wear and tear.
#2: Cover the chairs
One of the effective ways to maintain the chair’s original aesthetic is to cover it up with those well-designed chair covers. However, you should choose waterproof covers, has UV rays protection, and must be durable too.
If you think chair covers would ruin the intent of the chair’s style and design as an addition to your outdoor aesthetic, you may consider investing a reliable outdoor tent or umbrella.
#3: Refurnish, refinish, and re-polish
Every chair needs to revamping, especially wooden and wicker-made chairs. Every month, outdoor chairs that are frequently exposed to sunlight, strong wind, snow, rain, and even the changing outdoor temperature would lose the chair’s original structure that would often compromise the chair’s durability.
For this reason, it is wise to do refurbishing, refinishing, and or re-polishing the outdoor chairs; for instance:
- Plastic lawn chairs should be repainted at least every 5 months or until you notice discoloration or signs of plastic oxidation.
- Wooden chairs must be refurnished or re-polished with the right polishing or finishing oil. Depending on the type of wood, most wooden chairs need refurnishing once a year.
- Metals are prone to rust; thus, refinishing with primer or wax once a year will extend the chair’s life.
No matter how expensive or cheap outdoor furniture is, to extend its life for the next 5 or more years is to clean it regularly, invest a good cover, and refurnish it accordingly.