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Protecting Your Patio Furniture From Water Damage

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Patio furniture is designed to be resistant to the elements, but over time, your furniture can show some wear and tear from rain damage. Here are some of the best ways to protect your patio furniture from water. 

Waterproof Your Wood Furniture

Wood is some of the most susceptible to water damage, so you'll need to take some extra steps to protect these pieces. Besides storing them in a garage or shed when they're not being used, you can use some over the counter waterproofing sprays to make them more water resistant. A good waterproofing spray should last for at least a year. 

Use Wax to Prevent Rust

Your aluminum and iron furniture may start to collect rust over time if you're not diligent. Fortunately, applying a coat of wax from your hardware store can help to protect the furniture from corrosion. 

Use a Patio Cover

Patio covers come in a variety of materials, including steel, fiberglass, and wood. They can protect your guests from the elements while keeping your furniture dry on a daily basis. Many patio covers are designed to still let the daylight in, while providing weather protection. When you install a cover on your deck, the value of your home may also go up, since you can use the space 365 days a year. 

Wash Your Fabrics

The soft furnishings on your patio can be some of the first to rot, since they may hold moisture more easily than metal items. You'll also need to look out for the signs of mold and mildew. After a heavy rain, you should wash these items and dry them quickly to prevent mildew. Check the tags; many pillows are washer and dryer safe. Otherwise, you might use a leaf blower to shake the excess water out of them. 

Washing Wicker Furniture

Your wicker furniture may be the easiest to maintain when it comes to water damage. Since wicker is already pretty water proof, the only thing you'll need to do is wash off the grime that collects with each passing storm. It's safe to use a mixture of laundry detergent and water to wipe down your wicker furniture, and then you can use your garden hose to spray it off. 

A nice set of patio furniture can set you back a pretty penny, so it's important to protect your investment as much as possible. These patio additions will help you keep your furniture nice in spite of the weather.