Best Care Tips for Your Phoenix Outdoor Furniture
August 20th, 2018
Our hometown of Phoenix, Arizona has the best weather for al fresco dining, pool parties, and other outdoor events. It’s why we love outfitting Phoenix backyards with stylish, high-quality outdoor furniture. Phoenix weather, however, is not without its pitfalls. Monsoon season can literally turn your tables upside down. And don’t get us started on the heat.
Taking care of your furniture year-round will help it withstand the couple months of inclement weather conditions. Plus, proper care will make a noticeable difference in the look of your furniture. Instead of dull and dusty, you’ll have shiny and sleek-looking furniture. Check out these furniture tips for each of the common materials you’ll find in our stores.
All-weather wicker, also known as resin wicker, is designed to withstand the elements of nature, which makes care easier. If you notice your wicker furniture is dirty, a basic soap and water mixture will do the trick. Simply use a rag with some warm soap and water to wash off dirt. Rinse thoroughly with water and wipe dry.
Wicker can be stored outside year-round, but consider purchasing a furniture cover to preserve its quality. Covers can be placed over your furniture during extended periods of time when you won’t be using it.
Teak is a durable material, so it naturally does not require much maintenance. If you want to preserve your furniture’s color and prevent mildew build-up, it is a good idea to occasionally clean your furniture. Make a simple and natural cleaning solution using one part cleaning vinegar and one part warm water. Use a soft sponge or rag so you don’t scratch the wood.
The natural weathering of teak wood can cause the wood to turn a light gray color. Some people prefer the look of teak’s natural progression. If you prefer to keep and enhance the golden honey color of teak, you may choose to oil the wood every few months. Linseed oil is commonly used for oiling teak. Here are the steps to preserve teak properly:
Clean and dry the wood’s surface
Use a paint brush to paint on the oil
Keep oiling until it no longer absorbs into the wood
The end result should be a matte finish
We use high-quality materials and fabrics that are made to withstand the elements of nature. If you notice dirt and residue build-up on your cushions, use a dry or damp rag to wipe them off. It’s a good idea to store cushions inside during a summer storm. If you won’t be using your furniture for an extended period of time, you might consider covering up your cushions or moving them inside.
Furniture frames, tables and umbrella stands can be hosed down or wiped with a damp rag. It’s important to do this about twice a year to prevent residue build-up and prolong the life of your furniture.
Looking for more information or ready to shop? Come check us out at one of Paddy O’ Furniture’s locations or shop online for high-quality outdoor furniture.