If you plan on keeping your outdoor space the way it is for a long time, then a good maintenance plan is essential to your yearly chores. It doesn’t have to be too hard either; remember the old saying, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Here’s some handy advice from The Foam Factory to help you maintain your patio furniture for many years to come.

Inspect the Foam

The first thing to check is your sofa seat cushions. If they are in an un-shaded area, that means they’re susceptible to rain and wind and all sorts of elements. Dust off the dirt, and use a sponge or soft brush to apply a solution of 1/4 cup mild detergent diluted in 1 gallon of water. Rinse the cushion and allow it to air dry for maximum results.

Clean the Fabrics

If you have removable covers for the seats, consider pulling them off and looking at the seat foam inside. Sometimes mold and mildew can grow inside over time, and begin to rot the furniture from the inside out. That’s unpleasant for you and your guests. Throw the covers through the laundry (if you can) and they should be good as new.

Replace Old Furniture and Accessories

Maybe you’ve let it go too far, and now your furniture is ruined. Never fear! Sofa foam replacement can be bought fairly cheap at just about any home goods store, as well as online marketplaces. Slap a new cover on it, and put it on your old furniture and you should be good to go.

Once you’ve checked the furniture, don’t forget to sandpaper any metal and repaint if it gets scratched, and take a brush to your wicker furniture to get a good tough clean. Do these steps regularly, and you should be enjoying your furniture for years to come!