Reclined, icy drink in hand, sun on your face; the perfect sun lounger position. Only ruined by pesky clouds, rain, and damage to your beloved furniture. We can’t do anything about the weather, but we can help out with keeping your sun lounger looking fresh throughout the year. Primed and ready for long summer days lazing in the sun.
Hardwood furniture is as resilient as its name suggests and can stay outdoors all year around, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t need some tender loving care. When it comes to cleaning it, a wet cloth or soft-bristled brush at least once a year will do the trick. Optimum cleaning times are in the Autumn, before the cold weather sets in.
Keep its natural colour vibrant by treating it with wood treatment, or go that step further, by investing in some covers to protect it from the elements.
The paint job for most of these come with some protection from rust, but they’ll still need some effort to stay looking shiny and new. Go for a cloth with a mild washing-up liquid, rinse any soap residue off, and then dry it off properly. For extra duty of care, consider applying a good quality, clear car wax a minimum of once a year. It’ll make a big difference in prolonging the life of your metal furniture.
Games, boisterous activities, or straight-up accidents mean that chips to the paintwork of metal material could happen. If the inevitable happens, sand down the affected area and then cover it up with a thin layer of touch-up paint to restore it.
A solid staple for most gardens across the country, wicker always looks and feels very summery. Keep it looking perfect by cleaning it without the cushions a minimum of once a year. After clearing away leaves and debris, cleaning tools of the trade are warm soapy and a soft cloth to wipe away the dirt. Rinse off the soapy water and leave to dry.
If your sun lounger is made from synthetic wicker it can be left out all year (minus the cushions), but you might want to go for a protective cover. It’ll protect it from UV damage and direct water away from it.
It isn’t a sun lounger without comfortable cushions, so make sure you show them as much attention as the furniture itself. Repeated use, BBQ hands all over them, and potential spills all take their toll, and that’s before the weather even gets involved. Keep them protected with a fabric cleaner and protector. Don’t have those to hand? Old fashioned warm water and cloth should do the trick for the cleaning part. Just remember to remove the inner padding first.
When the sun gets too intense, a parasol is your best friend, so be sure to look after it. Try not to leave them standing in a parasol hole when they aren’t being used. Remember to fold it away and store it in a dry place when it isn’t needed.
For cleaning, remove the fabric from the arms of the frame and wipe it clean with a sponge or cloth soaked in a mild soap solution. Time to dry? Just pop it back in its frame and let the sun or fresh air do the rest.