Backyard & Patio Living

How to Clean and Care for Wood Patio Furniture

Wood Patio Furniture

No matter what kind of wood your patio furniture is made from, it should be cleaned once a year to keep it in top shape.  Here’s a simple recipe:

  • Mix one tablespoon of bleach, five tablespoons of a gentle dishwashing liquid, and a gallon of water, and softly rub the surface of your wood furniture with a soft bristle brush. Wash the solution from the furniture, and allow it to dry completely in the sun.
  • Repainting or restaining wood furniture could be indicated at this time to cover and protect any worn or damaged areas.

Patio Furniture CoversCaring for wood furniture goes beyond giving it an annual scrub down, though.  All woods are susceptible to rot and decay if left in damp, humid, and shady areas for a long time. Wood that becomes saturated with rain water is more likely to warp and rot, so using protective Outdoor… Continue reading

Dads Go to Extraordinary Measures to Save a Buck

Saving Money Using Extraordinary Measures

Who can deny that one of Dad’s favorite activities is saving money?  Your dad, my dad, the kids’ dad… it doesn’t matter — most of these guys really get jazzed about saving a buck or two.  Any dad will tell you, too, that the surest way to save money is to take care of the stuff you already have.  That way, you don’t have to shell out any dough to replace any stuff until it absolutely falls apart.

Lawn Tractor CoverEnter my husband, who happens to be a dad, too.  He’ll do anything to avoid replacing what he feels is still functional.  His work boots are falling apart, but to him, “they have character.”  His weed whacker is held together with duct tape and spit, and he argues for its extended life by telling me — “hey, it still works!”  Luckily, the more expensive the tool, the better he cares for it.  The lawn tractor is a good example.

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How to Select the Best Patio Furniture Covers

Patio Furniture Covers

As the weather turns intensely cold in winter or hot in summer, enjoying time on your outdoor patio furniture can be unbearable. Before retreating inside for the rest of the season, be sure to protect your investment by covering your furniture with outdoor furniture covers, also known as patio furniture covers. Severe weather conditions like wind, rain, sleet, snow, hail, ice, and even blazing summer sun can significantly damage outdoor patio furniture over time. Covering your furniture with outdoor covers can significantly extend the life of your wood, metal, or all-weather wicker patio furniture. Not just any outdoor furniture covers will do, though. Selecting the best covers means considering the material with which the covers are made, the size of your own patio furniture pieces, and any special features you may desire. Here are some ways you can choose the best patio furniture covers.

Choosing Materials

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Easy Tips for Maintaining Wrought Iron Furniture

Wrought Iron Furniture

Wrought iron patio furniture brings a timeless, romantic quality to patios, decks, and porches.  If cared for properly, it can last an indefinite number of years.  If not properly cared for, though, wrought iron can chip, rust, and lose its original appeal.  While wrought iron furniture doesn’t require a lot of special treatment, it does need to be cleaned and checked periodically to ensure that it stays in the same good condition as it was when you first acquired it.

How to Clean Wrought Iron

  1. Using a clean rag or sponge, wipe down your furniture with a mix of mild dish soap and warm water.  This will ensure a gentle, but thorough, cleaning.
  2. If you encounter more stubborn dirt or minor rust, sand those areas lightly with a medium to fine grit sandpaper.  Wipe clean, and touch… Continue reading

An Exception to the Rule of Getting What You Pay For

Veranda Patio Furniture Covers

“You get what you pay for” is a familiar phrase that usually rings true.  Paying less money for something can often mean that you’re getting a poor quality product that doesn’t last.  In most cases, paying more on the front end for a better quality product actually saves money over time because that product lasts longer and doesn’t need to be replaced as often.  Luckily, there are exceptions to every rule — including the rule that “you get what you pay for.”

When it comes to protecting your outdoor patio furniture from harsh weather and extending its life, patio furniture covers are the key.  Better quality covers do a better job, but, of course, they are often more expensive than the cheaper varieties.  Keep in mind that most patio furniture covers that are cheaper in price are also cheaper in… Continue reading

Custom Furniture Deserves More Than Standard Protection

Made by you or made for you, custom patio furniture is one-of-a-kind and deserves custom protection so that you can enjoy it for years ahead.  Custom patio furniture covers allow you to adequately protect your uniquely designed outdoor furniture in a way that standard covers simply cannot. 

Standard patio furniture covers are exactly that…standard.  They are constructed to fit the most common shapes and sizes of furniture, but they fall significantly short when it comes to custom furniture.  A proper fit requires a personalized approach.  With custom patio furniture covers, you provide the dimensions and indicate the desired material and features.  The result is a rugged, carefully made cover that protects your one-of-a-kind furniture creation against harsh weather and the premature aging that comes with prolonged exposure to the elements.

Don’t Neglect Your Patio Umbrella This Winter

Patio Umbrella Cover

As summer winds down, it’s a good time to start thinking about how you plan to protect your outdoor patio furniture when it’s not being used during the colder months.  Do you have a large enough shed or storage area to put all that furniture away?  Many people don’t, so investing in high quality Patio Furniture Covers is essential for ensuring that your furniture stays properly protected through all kinds of weather.  

The patio umbrella is often the most neglected piece of outdoor furniture when it comes to covering the patio furniture.  Many people don’t realize that they can cover their patio or market umbrella, too.  Patio umbrellas tend not to last more than a couple of years when they have to endure harsh winter weather without protection, but with a Patio Umbrella Cover, you can enjoy your umbrella… Continue reading

Patio Furniture Covers Offer Year-Round Protection

Furniture Covers

Choosing Outdoor Patio Furniture Covers is just as important a decision as choosing the furniture itself.  You spend a good deal of money on high quality patio furniture, so it’s vital to protect that furniture so that it will continue to look good and last for many years.  Covering your outdoor furniture with high quality patio furniture covers ensures a proper fit and a long life for your furniture pieces.

It used to be that people only covered their outdoor furniture in the winter.  But, patio furniture can easily become dirty and damaged when exposed to harsh weather conditions common at other times of year, such as rain, hail, high winds, and the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays.  More homeowners prefer to cover their outdoor furniture year round when it’s not in use.

Collegiate Grill Covers For Sports Lovers

Mississippi State Collegiate Grill Cover

What do you get for the sports-loving grill master in your life who has just about everything?  How about a new Collegiate grill cover with his or her favorite College sports team logo on it?  Team logo grill covers do more than show your team spirit; they protect the grill from harsh weather conditions, dirt, and bird droppings.  Durable and snug-fitting, these grill covers stay put until the next time dinner rolls around.  They make a fun and practical gift for any holiday.

Covers for Everything!

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Protecting your investments is a wise decision. No one wants to invest money into something that they love, only to have it ravaged by the environment. Sun, wind, rain, animals – Mother Nature can do some major damage to your belongings! The best way that you can protect the things that you love is with a protective cover. You can buy a cover for almost anything. Most people want to cover their vehicles, which are often expensive and large purchases. Cars, trucks, boats, motorcycles, and RVs all benefit from protection from the elements. You can get covers for recreational equipment, such as pools, swing sets, sandboxes, and grills. You can even get custom covers made to fit anything! Mighty Covers can make any kind of custom covers that you can imagine from materials that include acrylic canvas, poly cotton, vinyl, polyester, and nylon. You can also have features such… Continue reading