Style and Design in Fall

In between the seasons and the changes in temperature, there will be a lot of adjustments happening for the common patio furniture. Keeping it stylish would be a challenge and giving the effort would often seem too much. 

Experts say that the simplest steps could be your answer to prolonging the stylish look that furniture have. 

"It makes sense to put effort into protecting and maintaining what you have in your yard," says Matt Blashaw, of DIY Network's "Yard Crashers."

Here's a few little tips to make that possible, even for the busy person:

1. Covers nowadays are weatherproof so there is no need to store away your furniture if you don't have time. Grills, fire pits, chimeneas also need to be covered and there elasticized ones made for such equipment. Cushions, even with fabrics are acrylic made, should be kept away when not needed to keep it in shape. 

2. Clean them before putting it away could save you from future problems of stains or other deterioration. It is also important to take note of the manufacturer's requirements before you go on and use any solution to clean the furniture. Usually, soap and water wil do. 

"Monthly cleaning and maintenance can help the furniture maintain a good appearance and make your investment last longer," Colleen Maiura of Lowe's Home Improvement said to customers. 

Sometimes it is also advisable to use a cup of bleach or 2 cups of detergent and a gallon of water to clean mildew. Simply spraying the solution on the cushion and keeping it for 30 minutes will allow it to be cleaned. 

3. Make sure to maintain every now and then, even with the smallest task at hand. Ensuring to keep doing this as a habit will eventually lessen the load of maintaining the furniture. 

Wood furniture only need oil or varnish, wicker meanwhile need wax. Metal frames need paint retouches to keep it away from stains and rusts. You may also use powder-coatings or naval jelly. 

4. Never throw away the warranty for it could be your key to keeping your furniture for the long-term. 

"Keep the receipt, and if the furniture does not hold up to the regular 'wear and tear' promise within the warranty period, contact the manufacturer and get yourself a brand-new set. Many homeowners throw the warranty card away and, in turn, throw big money in the trash." said DIY Network's Yard Crasher Matt Blashaw. 

5. Think before you shop for furniture. Ensure that you have time for the kind of maintenance that you will be doing for this furniture. But if you really don't have time, purchase something cheap or budget friendly so that yuo can save a lot and allow yourself to enjoy it without the worries! 

Posted by Diane Araga, on September 13, 2013 at 10:00 AM