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How to Restore and Extend the Life of Your Garden Furniture

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Whether it’s the beginning of summer or end of season alike, revamping, maintaining and restoring your garden furniture is essential.

Endless parties can really put the heat on your wallet, especially if you take on the role of the host.

Like many Brits, if you’re planning to make the most of your outdoor space as an entertainment hub for the last bank holiday of summer, there are many ways you can update it without the mayhem or expense of a complete redesign.

To help you save both time and money, here is a handy guide to extending the life of your garden furniture with minimal cost and maximum impact. 

Clean up your furniture

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Start off by giving your outdoor furniture a clean to get rid of any remnants. 

To clean hardwood furniture, use a stiff bristle brush to remove all the excess dirt and cobwebs that might have built up over the months.

If it has silvered with time, you can restore it to its natural colour by using certain specialist products which will lighten the wood’s colour.

Rather than replacing your old weathered wooden furniture, lightly sand the surfaces smooth, prime and paint it so it looks good as new. 

Make teak oil your core companion in the clean up effort and use it to protect wooden furniture. Use a rag, apply and rub it in gently, following the grain. 

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Clean Your Table Regularly

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A report into garden hygiene by Dr Lisa Ackerly found that a garden table has as many germs as a bin lid!

Additionally, a recent study revealed that 86% of Brits dine alfresco in the garden several times a week over the summer months, yet shockingly only 8% admit to cleaning their tables properly.

To combat the threat of your garden table becoming a breeding ground for bacteria, try using a handy all-purpose cleaner such as Jeyes Fluid Multi-Purpose Disinfectant before and after every use. It can also be used on plant pots, greenhouses, garden tools and animal houses.

Protect against overnight rainfall


The Great British summer weather can be unpredictable. You can be basking in glorious sunshine one day and then torrential rain the next. This can have an adverse effect on your garden furniture.

In your garden if you have fabric cushions, snuggly throws or anything cotton that adorn your chairs or couches, be sure to bring them in after use.

This is not only to protect them from any overnight rainfall but also the sun as it can lighten fabrics leaving bold print looking a little lacklustre.

See: How to Upcycle and Transform Brown Furniture into a New Home Decor Delight

Spruce Up Your Furnishings


If you’ve noticed that your soft furnishings have lost their appeal, a brilliant DIY tool to spruce up dull colours is DYLON Dyes.

The easy to use dyes can be used on most cushion materials (cotton, viscose, linen, canvas and ramie), and is a great solution for the make do and mend era.

Cover Your Furniture

After a day in the sun, the last thing you want to do is store away your garden furniture.

A quick fix is to simply cover it with a heavy-duty and weather resistant plastic sheet to ensure it is protected from the unpredictable elements.

If you opt for this method, be sure to leave enough room for circulation which will help prevent mould. 

handle End of Season rust


 At the end of the season, it’s imperative that measures should be taken to protect your furniture.

On the bright side, even though outdoor furniture is not indestructible, it’s often durable.

The primary threads could be damage from UV rays, extreme temperatures, inclement weather and rain.

Do a postseason inspection for rust on your metal furniture; if you find any, run a wire brush over the spots or scrub with sandpaper.

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prepare for next season


To save yourself a chore next summer, why not repaint any wooden pieces, polish plastic ones and clean all furnishings before storing away in your shed or garage.

If you don’t have the luxury of space, considering stacking or folding your furniture.

If it has to stay outdoors, remember that powerful wind has the capability to wreak havoc so make sure you take your seat cushions inside and close your garden parasol and secure it with a bungee cord.

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