Now that summer has finally arrived, there is no better time to bring out the BBQ and outdoor furniture. However, all too often after a long winter stored in the shed or garage, they need TLC before you can use them again.
Follow these simple steps to make sure your items have been taken care of properly:
Preparing Your BBQ
Start by giving the BBQ a thorough clean to get rid of all the residue grease and fat. You may also need to remove any rust or grime that accumulated over the cold months.
With the BBQ clean, you will then want to give it a good coat with a high quality protective oil. This will stop any rusting and prevent future messes caused by sauces dripping onto stoves etc.
Revitalise Wooden Garden Furniture
Wash down furnish with warm soapy water. If it is wooden furniture you may need to sand it down to get rid of the dirt that is harder to get off. Rub down any areas that appear to have gone rusty, if it is metal furniture. After washing the furniture then treat it by either: varnishing, painting or using metal polish on the furniture to restore it to its former glory.
Soft Furnishings Summer Preparation
The soft furnishings used outside are far more prone to wear and tear by the weather. To keep it looking fresh and clean regularly wash cushion covers and throws with clean water and a mild detergent.
Simply pop them in the washing machine on a cold cycle with like colours only. Then hang or air dry before replacing back onto your furniture.
If you’re looking to keep it bright then give cushions, covers and throws an annual clean by making up a solution of one tablespoon bicarbonate of soda and one teaspoon white vinegar in a cup of water.
Mix this up then soak the cover or cushion in it for 15 minutes and then rinse well with clean water before hanging to dry.
If your cushions are removable, pop them out and wash their covers separately by hand using warm soapy water then rinsing thoroughly after washing.
If they become too faded or worn replace cushions and throws to give your garden a fresh new summer look.
When the summer is over, there are so many things to store and pack away. You could spend hours trying to squeeze all of your bulky furniture into a tiny shed or garage, but why not just take advantage of self-storage? It’s perfect for storing anything large and unwieldy that needs some extra protection during winter – those gazebo frames can be tough on storage space!
Get in touch with our expert team today for that perfect garden furniture storage.