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Why Protecting Your Patio Furniture is Important

When you invest in French style outdoor furniture, you want to be sure that it lasts you for years to come. However, if you do not perform proper maintenance, your outdoor furniture will be worn down by the elements, making it difficult to hold on to it for long.

In this blog, we will go over some simple ways you can extend the life of your patio furniture. Read on for more ways to make sure your metal Bistro sets, wood, and rattan furniture lasts for years to come.

Address Mildew Immediately

Unfortunately, due to precipitation, mildew is a common problem for patio furniture. A mildewy patio cushion can be a real party pooper, so you could be proactive about addressing this issue. Periodically smell your cushions, pillows, and other fabrics to check for mildew. If you smell even the mildest mildew scent, tackle it immediately.

If you let mildew build up too much, you will not be able to save it. Mix a gallon of water with ¾ of a cup of a bleach and apply it to your mildewy patio furniture and accessories. Wipe it off with water. You will know you have fixed the problem when the mildew smell is gone.

Use tarps

A great way to protect your patio furniture from the elements is to purchase tarps to place over them when they are not in use. Opt for waterproof, vinyl tarps that are breathable, particularly if you are going to cover them for an extended period of time. Tie the tarps down with ropes or bungee cords, or use bricks to hold them down.

When you are looking for impeccable French style outdoor furniture, Bistro Patio carries something for you to enjoy. When you invest in French outdoor furniture from Bistro Patio, you want to enjoy it in your outdoor space for years to come.

However, when life gets busy, it is easy to let the maintenance of your patio furniture fall by the wayside. However, it is worth it to take these quick and simple steps to protect your patio furniture and ensure that it will last longer.

Tip: The Fermob Louvre chairs and opera table make a romantic statement on the Paris balcony.

Regularly Clean Your Patio Furniture

Even if it does not appear that your patio furniture needs to be cleaned, regularly cleaning it can extend its life. Schedule a cleaning every few weeks and you will be able to enjoy your patio furniture for a lot longer.

Use soap and water on your vinyl or aluminum patio furniture, but skip the soap for any wooden furniture you have. If you have teak furniture using a teak cleaner will help preserve your furniture. Clean fabrics using a cleaning solution specifically designed for it.

Prevent Rust With Wax

If you have Louvre metal patio furniture, rust can be an unsightly consequence of not properly maintaining your patio furniture. Prevent this by applying paste wax to your patio furniture, ideally soon after you purchase it.

After you wash your furniture, reapply wax as well. You can use car wax if you have some around, or you can purchase paste wax from a hardware store. If you are diligent about waxing your metal furniture, it will last for years to come.

Let’s say that it is too late to prevent rust; you are already seeing some build up on your metal furniture. Fortunately, it is possible to remove rust. The moment you notice rust, use a wire brush to scrub it away. The sooner you address any rust you see, the easier it will be to prevent your outdoor furniture from completely rusting over.

Preventative measures you take can ensure a long life for your patio furniture. When you are looking for French outdoor furniture, shop Bistro Patio today!