Here in the Northwest, we look for every opportunity to get outside; with that in mind, many of us invest in outdoor furniture. As the colder months approach, here's how you can prepare your patio and boat furniture for safe, winter storage. Follow our time-tested tips to ensure that you can enjoy your outdoor furniture again, year after year.
Now that the weather is warming up, it's time to get your outdoor living space ready for relaxing and entertaining. After a few Winters in storage, most outdoor cushions and patio umbrellas will require a thorough cleaning. Although outdoor fabrics are designed to be to sun and moisture resistant, they're also exposed to other outdoor elements including some furry friends, insects and allergens. This means that they are vulnerable to other soils that can impact the life and appearance of the piece.
Here at D. A. Burns, we offer comprehensive cleaning services for your outdoor cushions, patio umbrellas and marine fabrics. Outdoor area carpets, boat covers, Bimini tops, dodgers and sails - we do it all.
We had the opportunity to clean an outdoor marine fabric that had been neglected for some time. Although this was a good quality synthetic boat cover, the soil that had accumulated allowed mold, moss and lichen to take root. Often the discoloration of soil and moss can disguise damage that will become apparent after cleaning.
Today, most outdoor fabric is made of a synthetic material designed to be resistant to sun fading. Closed-cell foams are used for the cushion interiors so a little rain won't hurt. They're tough enough to stand up to both the weather and the more aggressive use that comes with being used outdoors.