Protecting Your Garden Furniture From the British Summer

Sunday, 30 June 2013

When the Great British Summer finally arrives, we all want to make the most of the rays - and for many of us that means setting up our garden furniture for plenty of sunbathing and dining al fresco. However, with the UK's notoriously changeable weather, it's wise to take precautions to protect your garden furniture from the fickle elements - here are our top tips.

Store your garden accessories

If you have an outhouse or shed, remember to move your garden furniture into storage when you've finished using it. Although continuously moving the contents of your garden may be a hassle, it does protect it from the irreversible effects of the weather. Most of us will be aware that exposure to rain may corrode metal furniture and rot untreated wood - but prolonged sunlight exposure can also be surprisingly damaging, with the capacity to permanently bleach almost any material.

Watch your wicker

Wicker furniture is particularly susceptible to the British weather and might require some TLC to keep it looking its best. Experts recommend keeping wicker furniture covered if you plan to leave it outside in the sun for more than 2-3 weeks, as well as cleaning it regularly. When cleaning wicker, it's best to use a mild soap solution and not too much water - this reduces the build-up of mildew and grime, keeping your wicker looking fresh.

Treat your furniture

If most of your garden accessories are made from organic materials like wood, then you can avoid weather damage by applying a treatment. Wooden furniture can be treated with wood varnish, paint or oil, depending on your preference, whilst untreated softwoods (like pine, fir or spruce) also benefit from wood preservative.

Of course, there's no accounting for Mother Nature, and sometimes garden furniture can become damaged in spite of our best efforts. Here at Swiftcover, we offer Garden Cover as an optional extra along with our home insurance policies - this protects garden contents (up to £2,000) from a range of hazards, including storm and falling trees.

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