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Waterproofing Outdoor Furniture


Outdoor furniture is a great addition to your house but it can be trouble in some situations, for example rain. This means that you should waterproof it in order to use it longer. Most of the outdoor furniture is water-resistant, however, this isn’t enough. It needs to be waterproof. But even if you have some waterproof equipment outdoors it loses its qualities over time. This is why you ought to maintain and waterproof it seasonally; normally, during spring and fall.

Investing in waterproofing is a good idea as it will make your furniture last longer. Sometimes the paint is peeled off and outdoor items need  to be freshened. For this reason, before waterproofing you may need to do some other work on the equipment.

Waterproofing Outdoor Furniture

When doing so, don’t forget to check the manufacturer’s instructions as some products may be harmful to the fabrics.

Now let’s talk about how you can waterproof your furniture. See if it helps.

In order to waterproof your outdoor equipment you are going to need waterproofing spray. Before you use it, however, you should prepare the furniture.

# Use hand vacuum to go over the furniture. Make sure you gather all the dust, food and other particles there may be. Use oil soap and warm water if your furniture is wooden. If it is heavily soiled, use outdoor fabric cleaner before your proceed to waterproofing. The reason why you do all this is because once you apply the waterproof spray it will kind of seal in it and should there be any dirt on the items, it will remain on them.

# There is waterproof lacquer, paint or spray. No matter what you choose you need to follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Don’t forget to apply the spray over dry furniture. It works best on dry surfaces. This means that you need to waterproof the equipment on a sunny day when no rainfall is expected.

# Make sure you prevent the spray from reaching plants and animals as it can harm them. To ensure a safe process, place th furniture on a driveway, patio or somewhere else, but just make sure it is an area that is far from plants.

# Next, proceed to applying the spray. Cover the seams well. You need to avoid moisture from collecting there.

# When you are done spraying the furniture, let it dry completely before you use it again. If during the time the furniture is let to dry it stars raining, make sure you store it indoors.

Several Other Tips:

  • Before waterproofing, be sure to check if there are any rips on the fabric. You need to repair them if you want to apply the spray.
  • Read the labels on the waterproofing sprays and pay special attention to the warning signs. Even though some products are great to use on some fabrics, they should not be applied on other fabrics. If you don’t want to ruin your furniture, it is strongly recommended that you pay attention to this.
  • If you happen to waterproof your outdoor equipment during a windy day, you need to wear protective clothing and safety goggles. Otherwise you risk to get spray on your skin or in your eyes.
  • Most of the furniture fabrics allow using the same waterproofing formulas that are usually used on sailboat fabrics.

So now you should be ready to waterproof your outdoor furniture and prepare it for moist days. Always make sure you follow these tips to ensure safe and efficient waterproofing.

Author Bio : July Minor works for http://www.perfectcleaning.org.uk/deep-cleaning-kilburn-nw6 and has a lot of experience with home improvement and cleaning.

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