When you haven’t sat outside for a while and Autumn mizzle sets in, you know it’s time protect your garden furniture over the Autumn and Winter seasons. We recommend the following tips to help keep your furniture pristine and ready for Spring sunshine:
Whether your furniture is rattan or aluminium, store furniture cushions away in a well-ventilated garage or outbuilding – you could put them in one of our cushion bags or leave them loose. Make sure they are dry when you put them away and be aware of mice and other nibbling pests.
We advise that cushions are stored inside during prolonged periods of non-use. If short of space and they have to be stored outside in one of our cushion boxes, check at least once a week to ensure there is no damp, mould/ mildew or rodent damage. Also consider buying a winter cushion box cover to add further protection from the elements.
For rattan furniture, use a soft brush to clear away any leaves or garden debris. If there are any dirty marks on the rattan or table top, clean with a cloth and warm soapy water. When dry, cover the furniture with the appropriate cover for your furniture set. These are available from your Bramblecrest retailer or on our website.
For aluminium furniture, clean the frame and table top with a soft cloth and warm soapy water. As the aluminium is powder-coated, it will not rust so can be left outside to elements. However, if you wish to protect it from garden debris and passing birds (!), it can be covered with our furniture covers as before.
Parasols should be closed and covered with a parasol cover when the canopy is dry. Best to store indoors for prolonged periods of non-use especially in if situated in an exposed location.
Teak tables and benches should be left uncovered. Due to the natural properties of teak, the furniture will mellow to a silver grey colour.
When using furniture covers, check from time to time that any pooled areas of rainwater are pushed off.
Our new style covers are made from a highly durable, tear resistant Ripstop fabric with a water repellent coating. They feature a buckle to ensure they are secure in the wind and mesh air vents to prevent trapped moisture. These easy to fit covers are available from our online shop or from your local stockist.
There are lots of handy care tips and videos on our website – please click here for more information.