How to protect outdoor furniture

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How to protect outdoor furniture

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Over the years, the winter rain and summer sun can damage your outdoor furniture. This guide shows you some of the simple things you can do at the start of each season to protect and restore your furniture so that you can enjoy it for years to come.

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Step by Step Instructions

1 Cover your furniture
2 Oil or stain your furniture
3 Protect your pillows and cushion
  • Step 1. Cover your furniture

    The easiest way to look after your outdoor furniture is to cover them so that they are protected them from the wind, rain and sun. There are covers specifically designed for tables, patio heaters and umbrellas. If you don’t have one of these, covering your outdoor furniture with a tarpaulin will also protect them from the elements.

  • Step 2. Oil or stain your furniture

    An easy way to look after your wooden furniture and make it look great is to lightly sand it back and then apply an oil or stain to help protect it. There are a range of different colours and finishes to choose from. If you do this regularly, it won’t take long each time you do it.  This will not only protect your wooden tables and chairs but also keep them looking new. 
  • Step 3. Protect your pillows and cushion

    A simple way to protect the pillows and cushions for your chairs and outdoor furniture is to keep them undercover when the winter weather and rain arrives. This can be as simple as storing them inside your home or in a shed or putting the cushions or pillows on a chair and pushing the chair under the table.

Tools and Materials

Tools

  • Dust mask
  • Paint brush
  • Protective gloves
  • Sandpaper

Materials

  • Decking oil
  • Furniture oil
  • Patio heater cover
  • Table setting cover
  • Umbrella cover
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