While patio furniture is designed for outdoor use, extended exposure can lead to your furniture deteriorating at a faster rate. Here are some reasons to cover your patio furniture when it’s not in use.
Rain and water damage
Furniture pieces made of natural materials like wicker and rattan can rot and decay as a result of becoming wet. Similarly, metal furniture can rust if it’s left out in the rain. Covering your outdoor furniture helps protect them from water damage and reduces the need for repair and replacement.
Excess sun exposure
The sun’s harsh UV rays can cause significant damage to your patio furniture. Excess sun exposure can cause fading and discoloration. Not only can the sun affect the appearance of your patio furniture, overexposure can cause cracks to form in wicker furniture, leaving it vulnerable to impact and water damage.
Animal activity and burrowing
Wild animals can also cause damage to your patio furnishings. Bird droppings on fabric and natural materials can leave stains that may be difficult to fully remove. Small critters can also burrow into rattan and wicker furniture, construct webs, or leave unwanted dirt and grime behind.
How to cover your patio furniture
Patio umbrellas and awnings are great for protecting your patio furniture from sun damage and offer moderate protection from the rain. However they can also suffer the same damage as the rest of your patio furniture when constantly in use. Consider investing in waterproof, UV resistant, patio covers to fully protect your patio furniture when not in use.
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