In Arizona, we tend to spend a lot of time enjoying the great outdoors. Because of this, we often spend considerably on high quality patio furniture that enables us to extend our living space onto patios, porches, and verandas.
Yet, the hot sun and monsoon storms can wreak havoc on patio furniture – causing it to fade, crack, split, and rust in little time. This can be very frustrating when you’ve invested a lot into high quality outdoor pieces.
What’s the solution?
There are some simple steps to protecting your investment in patio furniture that can help keep it looking like new for many years to come.
Keep It Clean
Your patio furniture is constantly exposed to the outdoor elements. In Arizona, this means extreme temperatures, monsoonal downpours, dust storms, and even hail. It’s going to get dirty! Make it a regular routine to clean your outdoor furniture. Dish soap, borax, and a half cup of peroxide can quickly clean vinyl surfaces. OxiClean is good for wood, and simple soapy water can clean metal. Use a sponge, rinse thoroughly, and towel dry.
Use a Fabric Protector
Patio furniture fabrics are often the first to show wear and tear. Spray-on fabric protector can go a long way towards keeping fabrics looking their best.
Maintain the Frames
Both the sun and humidity can dry out and crack wooden patio furniture frames. Using a UV protectant can help, as well as touching up the stain or paint each season.
Cover It during the Off-Season
Ideally, patio furniture should be stored in a garage or shed when it’s the off-season. However, in Arizona, patio furniture is often used most of the year. Canvas furniture covers can offer some protection and are easy to take on and off.
Invest in a High Quality Awning
A retractable awning can effectively cover a patio, deck, or balcony to offer considerable protection for your patio furniture. It can keep cushion covers looking their best while also providing shade during the hot summer months. Awnings can be matched to cushion covers to provide a pulled together outdoor look, too!
To learn more about retractable awnings at Outerware for Windows, call us today at 480-800-4506.