Top Tips to Weatherproof Your Garden Furniture
IIn the UK, we experience some of the most temperamental weather conditions across the globe. From, rain, sleet, snow, and sunshine – sometimes all in one day – and this can have a lasting effect on your garden furniture, no matter how weather resistant it is. So, we have revealed our top tips to weatherproof your garden furniture.
Whilst many garden furniture types such as rattan, aluminium and outdoor fabric are extremely weather resistant, there are still ways to look after your furniture and keep it looking brand new and extend its lifespan. For other garden furniture types such as wood, plastic, and metal, these are not so weatherproof and will need regular care to ensure they last.
Here, are the varying weather types that can have lasting damage to your furniture and how best to protect your garden furniture from them:
Whilst rattan, cast aluminium and outdoor fabric will all fair pretty well in the cold weather, wood and plastic in particular will not do so well.
Any water in or on the wood will freeze and when it thaws this causes the wood to swell and causes lasting damage to the interior of the wood. We recommend throughout the winter your store your wooden garden furniture in a dry, indoor space.
For plastic, the cold temperatures turn it extremely hard and brittle and therefore it is more susceptible to cracking. Again, we would recommend you store any plastic garden furniture indoors throughout winter.
Whilst most high quality rattan garden furniture can be left outdoors in freezing temperatures, snow and frost can often leave behind dirty stains on the furniture and to avoid this and keep the furniture clean and ready to use, we recommend a winter cover.
If there is one consistent weather in the UK, it is rain. Most garden furniture materials can be covered with a weatherproof garden furniture cover in order to keep the most of the rain away, however, make sure you remove any garden furniture cushions before attaching your cover as they will sweat under the cover and this could cause mould. Having a cover is particularly important for lesser quality rattan as the damp will cause it to rust which will leave orange stains on your patio. It is less important for higher quality PE rattan, though it helps to keep the furniture clean.
For wood furniture, if you cannot find a cover and you have nowhere to store the furniture indoors, make sure you coat the furniture in a protective paint or varnish to keep it safe from the worst of the damp weather and to avoid rot.
For outdoor fabric, make sure you keep the furniture somewhere that the sun shines most, this way once the rain is over it will dry out much more quickly and you won’t have to contend with mould (although the beauty of fabric furniture is that any mould can be washed away – see the video below).
Oh, that glorious week of sunshine we crave all year round – the perfect weather for enjoying your garden furniture but here is your reminder that the sun can also have a lasting effect on your furniture.
On really hot days, wooden garden furniture can dry out and this can also cause fading, turning it a completely different colour to when it was new. To prevent this, keep wood in the shade on hot days and treat with oil that nourishes the wood and stops it from drying out.
Metal garden furniture can get extremely hot in the sunshine so be careful when you touch it and try and put a parasol up over the area to keep the furniture cool and comfortable to sit on.
Rattan garden furniture can sometimes sag in extreme heat. Whilst it will return to normal once it cools and is not particularly damaging to the furniture it can look strange and like something is wrong. To prevent this, simply move to a shaded spot or put up a parasol to keep the furniture cool.
If you follow these top tips you will guarantee your garden furniture has a long lifespan and remains looking as good as new.