Australia is a land of climatic extremes, with hot summers and, well, pretty wet winters. But we also have plenty of sunshine which makes our land perfect for outdoor entertainment areas complete with furniture, outdoor kitchens, pools – you know the deal.
However, when those stormy days do roll around it is truly important to protect your outdoor entertainment area including having the best protection outdoor furniture can accommodate!
Here are five ways to ensure your outdoor furniture is adequately protected on stormy Australian days:
1. Covering your furniture
This is one of the ultimate ways to protect your outdoor furniture when it’s not in use. Naturally, you might want to find yourself lugging your outdoor furniture into the small remaining garage spaces every year, only to have to lug it back out a few months later when the silly season rolls around.
Instead, you can maintain and protect your outdoor furniture simply by covering with high quality covering made of the very best materials. Covering your outdoor furniture will mean it is protected from the rain as well as other elements like wind and hail whilst protecting its overall form.
2. Coat your furniture
Another great way to protect your furniture year-round and even in the months when you will be using it a lot is to provide it with a protective coating. For aluminium and plastic furniture, you can simply add a coating of car wax to give it a brand new shine whilst adding resistance to the elements.
For wooden and timber furniture, nothing beats the classic top coat of lacquer or varnish to ensure it is protected from wind, rain and hail. Finally, for iron furniture, scrape off any remaining rust from last year’s elements and paint with a protective paint or sealant.
3. Store it in the garage
Of course, you might not mind having to store your favourite furniture in a truly safe space, and the garage is a wonderfully safe space to keep your furniture out of the elements.
If you have the space in your garage, all you have to do is pick up that hefty furniture with the help of a friend or relative and you will have it stored in a dry spot until it’s time to bring it back out for the warmer months!
4. Give it a good clean
Of course, you can always continue to clean your outdoor furniture as the months go on. If you don’t mind getting the cleaning products out and giving it a good go over here and there and then this is a great way to keep your furniture nice and fresh throughout the year.
Of course, not everyone wants to find themselves cleaning outdoor furniture every other week of the year, so perhaps this isn’t the best option, as you may even want to:
5. Repurpose it
For a part of the year. If you have really lovely outdoor furniture that you are proud to call your own and wouldn’t want to get damaged in the wilder months of the year then there is no better way to make the best use of it than by repurposing it for some of the year.
You can use it as dining furniture or even lounge furniture (depending on the product), and this will ensure that you are continuing to use it without making it susceptible to ongoing damage.