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How To Properly Care for Your Porch Furniture

Now that the holidays are over, it’s time to clean up and put things away. Every time you take down decorations, it’s a good idea to clean them before storing them for another year. This is true for outdoor decorations, including porch furniture. Keep reading to learn how to properly care for your porch furniture.

How To Properly Care for Your Porch Furniture

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Which Items Need Care?

Depending on how big your front porch is, you may have a lot of different items that need cleaning. Cleaning these items before you store them helps them last longer. The same is true even if you plan to keep them out for the coming season. Consider this list of porch furniture and decorations you should clean regularly:

  • Benches
  • Leaning signs
  • Doormats
  • Outdoor cushions and blankets
  • Lanterns
  • Pots
  • Sculptures
  • Plants
  • Wreaths

Wipe First, Then Clean

The key to a good cleaning is taking multiple steps. When furniture and decorations spend a lot of time outside, they tend to get covered in a fine layer of dirt. Before you can really give these items a proper cleaning, you’ll need to remove that dirt by wiping, brushing, or shaking it off. After that’s done, give everything a wash with a sponge and mild soapy water.

Never Clean With a Dirty Cloth

As you’re cleaning, you’ll also want to be careful about reapplying cloths that already have a lot of dirt on them. When you clean with a dirty cloth, you’re basically just moving the dirt around instead of removing it. After you remove the first layer of dirt, be sure to use a new, clean cloth.

Use Dusting Wands To Remove Cobwebs

One unsightly problem that comes with having outdoor furniture is pests using your decorations as a home. Before you wipe down your furniture, you can use a dusting wand to remove cobwebs and dead insects. If the problem is particularly bad, you can also use a garden hose to rinse off any debris.

Seal Your Wooden Furniture

If you have large, wooden pieces of furniture like benches or tables, don’t forget to reseal them periodically. Sealing helps keep out moisture, which can cause wood to rot. If you also plan on staining your furniture, do so before you seal the pieces. However, you should know that the opposite is true for painting wooden furniture: seal first, then paint.

Clean the Cushions

Having outdoor cushions on your porch furniture certainly makes the space more inviting, but no one wants to sit on a dirty cushion. To clean your cushions, first shake them out. Then check to see if you can remove the inner layer. If so, follow the care directions on the tag and only wash the outer layer. Allow the inner stuffing to air out before putting the cushion back together.

Sweep Your Porch Regularly

Sweeping may not seem like something that’s important for furniture care, but it actually is. When you sweep your porch, you’re getting rid of all the debris that collects around the base of your porch furniture. This debris can harbor moisture and pests, which can damage your decorations. Also, it’s especially important that you sweep the area regularly to stop your coir doormat from shedding.

We hope you find these tips for properly caring for your porch furniture helpful. Ultimately, it’s a good idea to clean your porch furniture every time you change out seasonal decorations.

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