When it comes to patio furniture maintenance, there are three things that go hand in hand…in hand. Climate conditions, willingness to do some maintenance, and available storage space. For our second segment of “How to Purchase for the Patio,” let’s tackle each of these issues and get down to the nitty gritty: MAINTENANCE.
3 Things to Consider for Patio Maintenance
1 Storage Space
First things first. If there’s no space to store your stuff for the rainy season (read: October through April) the rest is a moot point. You need to be looking at stuff that will survive the elements like Emu Furniture from Italy. Powder-coated steel means no rust or corrosion when left outdoors and all that’s needed to clean seasonal buildup is water and a little dish soap! Easy peasy and chairs stack for saving limited space.
2 Climate Conditions for Canvas
Let’s face it, for the most part Vancouver’s conditions are wet, BUT we do tend to have a fabulous summer season. It is important with canvas cushions, that you consider protection against UV rays and that of moisture and mildew. Preventative measures like covering patio furnishings or bringing inside when not in use will always save time and effort later on, but if you’re faced with some stains or mildew spots try these 5 easy DIY steps.
Ratana’s Palm Harbor Collection uses Sunbrella fabrics that are UV and moisture resistant and super easy to maintain. Soaked? Simply tip and shake; water rolls right off!
3 Willingness to Work (or not so much…)
For those of you with little to no willingness to do some maintenance work (like me), I have 3 words: ALL. WEATHER. WICKER. This increasingly popular resin wicker has a high resistance to both water and sunlight. You can leave it outside without worry and without treatment. If you can handle a little wipe down here and there you’re good to go. Frames are typically made from powder coated aluminum stainless steel ensuring a solid and stable base in a simple, stylish package.
Next Segment? Purpose.