Just like growing plants in as many places as possible, creating a patio is a fantastic way to make the most of your garden. Here, you can entertain friends, host parties, play games with the family, or just sit, read, and relax on a warm summer evening. But, outdoor patios require a lot of care and maintenance. Otherwise, you risk letting things get out of hand, and your formerly cozy place becomes somewhere you don’t want to think about. To help you make the most of your luxury patio, here are six simple tips to maintaining it.
Pick the Perfect Cover
You need to protect your patio from the elements, and this is why choosing the best fabric for outdoor furniture is so important. A quality cover to place over tables, chairs, benches, will ensure your furniture doesn’t rot from yearly rainstorms, while also keeping the materials safe from UV exposure, frost, and more. Likewise, these covers will also keep garden debris, such as leaves and twigs out, as well as bugs and other animals who might consider the area to be the cozy home they’ve been searching for.
Install Storage Boxes
There might be smaller items such as decorations or cushions that you want to keep safe when you’re not using your patio, too. For this, you can consider buying storage boxes to keep everything else out of the way and protect them from weather damage. Modern storage boxes come with a range of styles that are both functional and keep the aesthetic you want to achieve. You can buy a regular storage box and keep it off to the side, or you can upgrade your benches to ones which have storage space under the seat. This will save space and also make everything easy to take out when the time comes to entertain again.
Use a Power Washer
Over time, your patio will get covered in grime, dirt, and the occasional spilled drink. It’s one thing to get on your knees and scrub until the area looks as good as new, but this can take hours, and it’s no good for your back. An alternative is to use a power washer with specific patio detergent. The powerful stream will loosen dirt and grime, while the wash itself will clean up the space, getting between the patio slats and keeping your patio looking perfect all year round. You can also use it on your furniture to wipe down any dirt or stuck leaves if you’re feeling especially lazy.
Tilt the Furniture
A simple solution that will mostly protect your patio furniture is to tip it over so any rain, snow, or sleet doesn’t ruin the seating area. Of course, this is most effective when combined with a cover, but if you don’t have a cover (or have a roof over your patio area), this is the best idea. It won’t keep critters out, and there will still be some leaves to clear out, but at least you can sit down in a dry spot when the sun finally reemerges.
Keep Up With Wear and Tear
It’s difficult to keep up with wear and tear with your patio being outside. This is because it is out of sight, and therefore out of mind, especially during colder months where you’re not spending much, if any, time there. However, wear and tear can quickly get worse, so it’s in yours and your patio’s behest interest to check up on it now and again. Look for chipped paint, sagging frames, or even leaks. This will save you a substantial repair job later on and means your first night back outside will be as relaxed as you need it to be.
Use It Often
Many people have a dream of building a patio area but end up not using it anywhere near as much as they planned. The more you use your patio, the more value you will get from it, and this gives you the chance the make constant improvements. You can see which furniture or decorations work and which don’t, allowing you to evolve the space regularly. Eventually, you’ll get a patio that you can be proud of.
A Breath of Fresh Air
Anyone who has installed a patio knows how much of an investment it can be, and this is one reason you should do everything you can to maintain the area. The longer you leave it, the more work it will be, and you risk needing to work even harder to keep it a space that you and everyone else loves. Therefore, take a little time each week to keep it in the best condition, you’ll thank yourself later.