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By Michael Shook

It is such a sad day in the end of the autumn. Indian summer is over, for real this time, and you need to do something with the patio furniture before it really starts to get cold. You know this day has been coming ever since you first brought out your patio chairs and chaise lounges in the spring, and now it is really here.

It isn’t much fun to see that the summer is truly over, but if you want to have furniture to enjoy again next year, there are a few things you need to do.

Some of the steps you need to complete to care for your furniture will vary according to what material your furniture is made from. But in general there are a couple of things that everybody will need to do no matter what their chairs and tables are made from.

First of all, is an inspection of the wear and tear on the furniture. If you have kids that use your patio furniture this is a really important step. If you need to fix the spring on your glider or refasten one of the seating boards on your garden bench, this is the time to get these things taken car of. It might be a little work now, but guaranteed you are going to be kicking yourself if you put this kind of maintenance off until spring.

Next comes a thorough cleaning of every piece of patio furniture you have. This is the step that is going to take a while. And how you clean is very dependent on what your furniture is made from. Plastic resin wicker look furniture can simply be sprayed with a garden hose and then washed with a soapy rag. Just make sure you move the furniture off your patio or deck if you can so you don’t have to clean the floor afterward.

Wooden furniture maybe needs some light sanding and refinishing. This is something for sure that you want to do in the fall because you sure do not want to be waiting for the finish to dry before you can use your patio set in the warm season.

Wrought iron can be brushed off thoroughly with a soft hand brush and then wiped off with a damp cloth. If your paint is still really good on this kind, you can use the hose, but if you’ve got rust spots, don’t use the hose.

Even though it’s sad to be putting away your patio furniture for the season, it will be there fresh and new next year if you just take a few minutes to do a little bit of routine maintenance.

Michael Shook writes about the fun and excitement of living the patio life on his site at LAPatio.com. Stop by and check out the great deals on patio furniture available online at great bargain prices.

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