If a summer's worth of outdoor entertaining has taken its toll on your patio furniture, now is the time to clean it - before you stash it away for winter.
No matter what type of patio furniture you have - wood, iron or metal - it has to be cleaned and minor repairs made before settling in for a long winter's nap so it will be ready to roll again next spring.
Here's the fall patio furniture cleaning routine to get your outdoor furnishings primed for storage.
Fall patio furniture cleaning has its rewards: You'll have comfortable, attractive pieces that can be pulled out of storage and used on those occasional warm winter days.
And repairing old outdoor furniture in the fall usually costs half what you'd pay for new replacements.
Worn straps and cushions can be replaced, and patio umbrellas and furniture can be recovered now when prices and wait times for repair are often much less.
In the spring, patio furniture repairs can take eight to 12 weeks because suppliers are swamped with orders.
What about that rust or brown spotting - a chemical reaction to the sun's ultraviolet rays - on your favorite chaise lounger? Quick action now can ensure the chaise is usable next spring.If you catch them when they first adhere themselves, the dark spots are relatively easy to clean away with soapy water. For really tough stains and spotting, Blast Liquid Soap can be used - safely - as a last resort.
If you have wrought-iron patio furniture, chances are you have light rust spots. Most of the middle- to high-end manufacturers use a sophisticated paint process to inhibit rust, but they cannot prevent it.
There's no such thing as rustproof wrought iron. It just has to be watched over and cared for. These fall patio furniture cleaning tips can help.
Wood furniture, whether it's the most expensive teak or inexpensive redwood, also requires regular care, including gently sanding away surface dirt and grime.
Follow with an exterior penetrating oil to keep the surface looking lustrous.Wood is a lot like skin. If you were sitting in the sun, your skin would dry, age, and crack.
The key to extending the life of patio furniture is preventative maintenance. Clean regularly, keep seat cushions indoors when not in use and invest in patio furniture covers. Store all patio furniture in an upright position to allow for proper drainage.
Storing outdoor furniture upside down may cause water to accumulate and freeze inside the frame, causing premature structural damage.