Store Your Outdoor Furnishings to Make Them Last

 


Article by: Debbie Rodgers

In many parts of North America, the end of "porch season" has arrived. Whether you're clearing out for some oncoming bad weather, , Easy Pond Algae Control the Ecologically Safe Way closing up the cottage for the season, , Starting with a Water Garden beating the vandals on devil's night, or just retreating to your nest for the winter, , Compost YES, Epsom Salts NO you'll want to store away all of your outdoor , Take the Blossom of Various Types of Flowering Trees items with maximum care.

Dirt particles can settle deep into fabric and wood , Quickly Grow a Natural Privacy Screen or Sound Barrier fibers and making tiny cuts that hasten their deterioration. Untreated soiled spots can become irremovable stains. Moisture , Garden Ponds can breed mold, mildew and rot. Rust will spread, eating through metal. , Terrace Gardening And Landscaping Ideas So proper storage will not only make your spring , Small Backyard Mini-Ponds are Low on Maintenance and Easy to Install set-up more pleasant, it will prolong the life of your furnishings and décor.

The first step is to clean and dry all pieces.



  • Remove any loose dirt and dust from all pieces. For cushions and wicker furniture, , The Heralded Teak Manufacturer: Kingsley-Bate use a vacuum or a soft-bristle brush. Then attack any specific problems.

  • If there are mildew spots from a humid summer, , Starting with a Water Garden remove them with a bleach and water , Recipes for Concrete and Hypertufa solution (1/4 cup bleach to 3 gallons of water).

  • Remove rust spots on metal , Planting Summer Flower Bulbs frames; sand , Small Backyard Mini-Ponds are Low on Maintenance and Easy to Install the area lightly to remove as much as possible.

  • Use toothpaste applied with a dry cloth to get rid of scuff marks on vinyl furniture , Garden Decor -- It Is More Than Just Decorations or strapping.

  • Once specific areas have been treated, wash all pieces with mild soap and water , How to Grow Blueberries and rinse well. If you have cedar furniture , Concrete Mold Buying Tips that is dingy, you can use a pressure washer set on low to help restore its lustre. Umbrellas covers may need to be scrubbed with a bristle brush.

  • Wipe down all pieces with a dry cloth and then leave to thoroughly air , The Flower Drying Game - Part 2: Sand or Glycerin? dry. This is probably the most important step.



Secondly, repair , Blowers and protect surfaces.



  • Apply vinyl protectant to vinyl straps.

  • Oil moving parts such as wire umbrella frames and hinges by spraying silicone on the joints.

  • Use furniture , The Flower Drying Game - Part 2: Sand or Glycerin? paste wax to polish wooden , The Flower Drying Game - Part 2: Sand or Glycerin? umbrella poles.

  • Apply car wax to non-textured metal , Aluminum Strap Patio Furniture for the Poolside finishes, and baby oil to textured ones. This will help maintain the surface.

  • If there were rusted spots that you have cleaned up, apply touch-up paint , How to Naturally Dry Hydrangeas or clear lacquer.



Third, store your items away.



  • If you live in a climate , Planting Summer Flower Bulbs with long snowy winters, , Garden Decor -- It Is More Than Just Decorations seriously consider indoor , Buying Teak Wood Furniture Responsibly storage of your furniture , Working with Landscape Contractors & decorations for the season, , How to Naturally Dry Hydrangeas whether that's in your back shed, , Aluminum Strap Patio Furniture for the Poolside a neighbour's garage, , How to Grow Blueberries or a rented storage facility.

  • If you cannot store your items inside , Recipes for Concrete and Hypertufa away from the brunt of winter's fury, then do cover them - but make sure the furniture , Garden Decor -- It Is More Than Just Decorations is dry before you cover it! If it is not, the plastic , Take the Blossom of Various Types of Flowering Trees tarp can promote mold growth. Inspect the tarp carefully for tears so that water , Understanding Integrated Pest Management and snow , Your Garden - Start With The Basics do not leak in.

  • Some furniture, , How To Find Cheap Flower Delivery In Your Area such as teak benches, , Landscaping - Put A Pond in Your Back Yard cedar chairs , How to Grow Blueberries and wrought iron table sets are designed so that they can be left in the elements year round. If you have some of these furnishings and will not be using them in the winter, , Your Garden - Start With The Basics bring them in if you have the space. Yes, they will endure the winter, , How To Find Cheap Flower Delivery In Your Area but winter , Small Backyard Mini-Ponds are Low on Maintenance and Easy to Install protection will extend their life.



So take some time now to store away your outdoor , Abatement and Consistency Philosophy paraphernalia. It will pay big dividends next spring. , Whack 'Em Back - Getting More Flowers by Pruning
About The Author

Debbie Rodgers owns and operates Paradise Porch, , Quickly Grow a Natural Privacy Screen or Sound Barrier and is dedicated to helping people create outdoor , Garden Decor -- It Is More Than Just Decorations living spaces that nurture and enrich them. Visit her on the web , Straw Bale Culture Technique at www.paradiseporch.com and get a free report on "Eight easy ways to create privacy in your outdoor , The Endearing Language of Flowers space". Mail to debbie@paradiseporch.com

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