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Outdoor Furniture Maintenance: Preparing for Spring

Outdoor Furniture Maintenance:
Preparing for Spring

Posted by Fortunoff Backyard Store

Spring is near.

As winter gradually gives way to the warmth of spring, it’s time to breathe new life into your outdoor space. There’s no better time to rejuvenate your patio, deck, or garden and prepare it for the upcoming season. Whether you’re hosting outdoor dinners, soaking up the sun with a good book, or simply enjoying the sights and sounds of nature, a well-prepared outdoor space can make all the difference. Here’s how to get started.

Assess Your Space

Before diving into any spring preparations, take a step back and assess your outdoor space. Walk around your patio or deck and make note of any areas that need attention. Are there any damaged or worn-out pieces of furniture that need replacing? Is the landscaping in need of some TLC? Taking stock of your outdoor space will help you prioritize tasks and make a plan for revitalization.

Clean and Declutter

One of the first steps in preparing your outdoor space for spring is giving it a thorough cleaning. Remove any debris, fallen leaves, or dead plants that may have accumulated over the winter months. Sweep away dirt and cobwebs from your patio or deck, and power wash surfaces to remove built-up grime. Don’t forget to clean your outdoor furniture as well.

Cleaning Outdoor Furniture

Outdoor furniture is exposed to the elements year-round, so it’s important to give it a good cleaning to remove dirt, pollen, and other debris that may have accumulated. Here’s how to clean different types of outdoor furniture:

  1. Teak Patio Furniture: For teak outdoor furniture, start by brushing off any loose dirt or debris. Then, mix a solution of mild soap and water and gently scrub the surface with a soft brush or sponge. Rinse thoroughly with water and allow the furniture to dry completely before applying a fresh coat of protective sealant or wood oil.
  2. Aluminum Outdoor Furniture: Aluminum and cast aluminum patio furniture can be cleaned with a mixture of mild soap and water as well. Use a sponge or cloth to apply the soapy solution. Pay extra attention to any areas with stubborn stains or rust spots. Rinse thoroughly and dry with a clean towel to prevent water spots.
  3. Wicker or Rattan Patio Furniture: To clean wicker or rattan outdoor furniture, start by vacuuming any dust or debris from the surface. Then, mix a solution of mild detergent and water and gently scrub the furniture with a soft brush or cloth. Rinse well with water and allow the furniture to air dry completely.
  4. Polymer Outdoor Furniture: Polymer patio furniture is the easiest to clean. Simply wipe it down with a mixture of mild soap and water, then rinse with clean water and allow it to dry.

Revive Your Garden

Spring is the perfect time to breathe new life into your garden. Start by pruning overgrown shrubs or trees and removing dead or diseased plants. Clear away any weeds or debris from flower beds and borders, and add a fresh layer of mulch to help retain moisture and suppress weeds. Consider adding some seasonal flowers or plants to add color and fragrance to your outdoor space.

Enhance Comfort and Style

Once your outdoor space is clean and tidy, it’s time to add some comfort and style. Consider investing in some new outdoor cushions or pillows to add a pop of color and make your furniture more inviting. Add some outdoor rugs to define seating areas and create a cozy atmosphere. Don’t forget to add some ambient lighting with string lights, lanterns, or solar-powered garden lights to extend the enjoyment of your outdoor space into the evening hours.

Create Zones for Relaxation and Entertainment

Finally, think about how you want to use your outdoor space and create different zones for relaxation and entertainment. Arrange your furniture to create cozy seating areas for lounging or dining, and add shade with outdoor umbrellas or pergolas to provide relief from the sun. Consider adding some outdoor speakers or a fire pit to create a focal point for gatherings and make your outdoor space feel like an extension of your home.


With a little bit of effort and creativity, you can transform your outdoor space into a backyard oasis that you’ll love spending time in all spring and summer long. So roll up your sleeves, grab your gardening gloves, and get ready to welcome spring in style!

27th Feb 2024 nbrown@chairking.com BigCommerce

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