Caring for Your Outdoor Furniture

by Paul Lopez |18 April 2024 | Blog

The Complete Guide to Caring for Your Outdoor Furniture

Summer is almost here again on the Costa del Sol, and so is alfresco dining, drinks in the evening and watching the stars at night. We love this time of year here at Mad About Furniture, and we’re passionate about helping you create your ideal outdoor space for your home.

Outdoor furniture serves as an extension of your indoor living space, providing a comfortable and inviting environment to enjoy the great outdoors. To ensure your outdoor oasis remains in pristine condition year-round, it’s essential to implement a regular maintenance routine that is tailored to the specific materials of your furniture pieces. From aluminium to wood to fabric, each material requires unique care to keep it looking its best throughout the year. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll walk you through the steps to properly clean, maintain, and protect your outdoor furniture, ensuring it stands the test of time.

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Cleaning and Maintenance Tips

Aluminium Furniture

Aluminium furniture is lightweight, durable, and resistant to rust and corrosion.

  • Clean with a mild soap and water solution using a soft cloth or sponge.
  • Rinse thoroughly and dry with a clean towel to prevent water spots.
  • Apply a coat of car wax annually to maintain shine and protect against UV rays, or keep it covered during the colder months.

Wood Furniture

Wood furniture adds natural warmth and charm to outdoor spaces but requires regular maintenance to prevent weathering and decay.

  • Clean with a solution of mild soap and water, using a soft brush or cloth to remove dirt and debris.
  • Apply a protective sealant or outdoor wood oil to protect against moisture and UV damage.
  • Store wooden furniture indoors or cover it during inclement weather to prevent warping or cracking.

Fabric Furniture

Fabric furniture, including those with features such as cushions and upholstery, requires regular cleaning to prevent mould, mildew, and stains from occurring.


  • Remove cushion covers and machine wash with a gentle detergent on a cold, delicate cycle.
  • Spot clean stains with a mixture of water and mild soap, blotting gently with a clean cloth.
  • Allow fabric to air dry completely before reassembling and using.

Storage and Protection

During the colder months, or when not in use, we recommend that you store your outdoor furniture in a covered area, such as a garage or shed, to protect it from the elements. However, we know that not everyone has the space to do this, so you can also use breathable furniture covers to shield pieces from dust, dirt, and moisture during storage.

Before storing any outdoor furniture, ensure that the furniture is completely dry before covering or storing it to prevent mould and mildew growth from happening.

Discover Your Perfect Outdoor Space with Mad About Furniture

With proper care and maintenance, your outdoor furniture can remain beautiful and functional for years to come. By following the tips outlined in our guide, you can protect your investment and enjoy your outdoor oasis in all its glory. From cleaning and maintenance to storage and protection, a little effort goes a long way in preserving the beauty and longevity of your outdoor furniture.

Ready to elevate your outdoor space with stylish and durable furniture? Visit Mad About Furniture’s showroom today and explore our extensive collection of outdoor furniture sets, dining tables, loungers, and more. Our experienced interior designers will assist you in finding the perfect pieces to suit your style, space, and budget. Don’t settle for ordinary outdoor furniture – make a statement with Mad About Furniture.



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