How to care for your patio furniture

Sarah Home

If you choose it wisely and source it from a reputable supplier, your patio furniture can last a really long time and make for the centrepiece of your outdoor experiences to come. As robust as its indicatively built though, patio furniture still needs a little bit more extra-special care than that you’d give your regular, indoor furniture.

It typically gets more exposure to the elements, so naturally, it’d never be a matter of just placing it and dusting it off once in a while.

Take inspiration from commercial dining establishments

Part of what makes the experience of visiting your favourite restaurant professional is its choice of pieces such as the outdoor furniture they have available for outdoor dining. You don’t notice until you’re compelled to take a closer look, but otherwise looking towards these commercial dining establishments for inspiration goes beyond just the styling.

Your subsequent decision to go with an extending, deluxe teak outdoor table and chair set, would have taken into account the durability of the set if you drew inspiration from a commercial dining establishment. You would have accounted for the quality element by default, alongside the styling.

Take heed of the specific product care guidelines

Now, getting into the actual care of the pieces; even the most high-quality and durable of patio furniture needs to be cared for. There are some general guidelines to follow, such as how you would do well to place it under cover, apply some protective coating and clean regularly. However, each patio furniture piece ideally comes with a set of product care guidelines that are more specific to that piece, so never discard these guidelines.

They are indeed merely guidelines, so taking heed of them doesn’t mean you don’t have to apply any extra care.

Under cover

Outdoor, garden and patio furniture will inevitably be exposed to the elements, but if you can minimise any exposure to the elements then that’s exactly what you should aim for. The best way to do this is by keeping the pieces under cover, like on a covered patio or draping it in waterproof covers when not in use.

Something as seemingly insignificant as limiting direct exposure to the UV rays of the sun can surprisingly extend the lifespan of your patio furniture.

Proactive protection

Within the guidelines of the manufacturer, of course, specific patio furniture pieces, such as wooden furniture, should be sealed with a protective coating, like paint or varnish. This can also give it an enhanced appearance, but ultimately it’s about protecting the surface. Ensure to apply enough sealant to hard-to-reach areas and try to get the job done “evenly” so that everything dries up at around the same time.


The basics of cleaning patio furniture revolve around keeping it dust and moist-free, cleaning off the surface as quickly as you can after each use, to avoid liquid and other substance stains that might get harder to clean the longer they’re left on. A good old soapy solution will usually do, with a thorough clean every so often required as well.