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How to maintain your patio furniture

Patio furniture can last for years. Keeping your furniture looking good year after year takes a little extra maintenance. You probably have most of the tools you need to maintain your patio furniture; proper maintenance primarily requires a little time and effort.

Make Your Patio Furniture Last img - Waldorf MD - Tri County Hearth & Patio CenterMaintaining metal furniture

To prevent rusting, metal patio furniture usually is coated with varnish, paint or powder. Regular care of your metal furniture should include cleaning with a mild soap mixed with water. So, if you notice rust or mold forming, gently sand it away with a fine grit sandpaper, and touch up the paint or varnish, if needed. And, you can apply a protective coating with car wax. Apply the wax and buff it away per the manufacturer’s recommendations.

Washing fabric furniture

Sun, sunscreen, dirt and grime can make the fabric on your patio furniture look faded and dull. You can save your patio furniture! So, don’t throw out your cushions before you need to. If the patio cushion covers can be removed, they can be laundered per the instructions provided on the fabric tags. Also, for fabric that can’t go into the washing machine, you can scrub away buildup with a solution of one-quarter cup of a gentle detergent, such as dish soap or laundry detergent, mixed with one gallon of water. Simply scrub the cushions with a soft-bristled brush, rinse them thoroughly and lay them out to dry.

Cleaning wicker furniture

Like metal furniture, wicker furniture usually is coated with a varnish or sealant to keep the material safe from the elements. So, regularly vacuuming the wicker furniture with an upholstery brush can keep it free from debris. Any difficult stains can be scrubbed away with a soapy solution. Avoid washing wicker frequently with water, as that can weaken the fibers. Also, wicker can be damaged easily by rainwater or sunlight, so wicker furniture should be kept covered when it isn’t in use.

Maintaining wood furniture

Wood furniture can be the easiest to maintain, depending on your expectations. Therefore, natural wood furniture can be allowed to gray to its natural patina, which needs no regular care. In addition, if the wood is painted or sealed, it will require some regular touch-ups, or the occasionally refinishing, to keep it looking new. For regular washing, scrub wooden patio furniture with a soapy solution and rinse. Rust or mildew stains can be scrubbed away with a solution of oxygenated bleach and water. Also, wood furniture with a diminished finish can be restored with a gentle sanding or by scrubbing with a wood-bleaching agent. A water-proofing agent can be applied to wood furniture to seal out furniture and keep it looking fresh.

If your patio furniture is in need of an update, or if you are in need of replacement pieces, furniture covers or accessories to freshen and preserve the look of your patio set, stop by Tri-County Hearth & Patio Center. We can help you update your outdoor furniture and keep it looking new or get you set with a great new set of outdoor furniture. Contact us today!

Is your Big Green Egg ready for spring?

Spring Big Green Egg Photo - Waldorf MD - Tri - County Hearth & Patio CenterIf you are lucky enough to have a Big Green Egg, you likely are looking forward to warmer days ahead, when sunny days and summertime gatherings will have you grilling, roasting and smoking for your family and friends. Whether you have been using your Big Green Egg all winter or whether you will be pulling it out of storage in anticipation of grill weather, there are some things you should do to get your Big Green Egg ready for the spring.

Inspect fasteners

The Big Green Egg advises checking your Egg’s fasteners at least twice per year — or more often if your Egg is new — and tightening them when needed. That includes checking metal bands, the hinges on your Egg’s lid and all nuts and bolts. Checking and tightening fasteners regularly will keep your Egg stable and secure.

Examine the area around your Egg

As you prep your outdoor grilling area for the spring, look at the areas around your grill. Make sure the area is free from combustibles, such as overhanging branches or leaf piles. Look at the area directly under your Egg to make sure that it has not deteriorated from exposure to the Egg’s heat. Remember that the Big Green Egg puts off extreme amounts of heat, and making sure that there are no combustibles around your grill will help to prevent grilling fires.

Don’t wash you Egg

It can be tempting to give your Egg a thorough spring cleaning, but that can be damaging to the Egg. While wiping off the outer portions of the Egg is safe, never wash or wipe the inside of your Egg with water. Water can penetrate the Egg’s ceramic and cause cracking down the road. If there is food residue inside your Egg, close the vents and lid after you’ve used your Egg, and the leftover heat will burn away the residue. Once the Egg is thoroughly cooled, you can scrub further using the Big Green Egg Grid Cleaner or the Stainless Steel Mesh Grill Scrubber.

Gradually warm up your Egg

If you haven’t used your Egg all winter, you will have to reheat the Egg gradually to slowly and safely evaporate moisture or burn away any residue that may have formed. To safely preheat your Egg, ignite a small amount of charcoal within the Egg and slowly bring the Egg to a temperature of 350 degrees.

Stock up on grilling necessities

No grill master likes to be caught without the tools he or she needs for a successful cookout. Before you are ready to light your Egg for the spring, make sure you have everything you need: Charcoal, grilling accessories, thermometer, wood chips and rubs and seasonings. If you have been considering upgrading your Egg with a new nest, plate setter or baking stone, spring is the time to invest so you can enjoy your new Egg accessory all summer long.

If you are ready to prep your Big Green Egg for the grilling season, stop by Tri-County Hearth & Patio Center today! We have all of the Big Green Egg accessories and replacement parts you could need, along with charcoal; grill tools; spices, sauces and rubs; and anything else you might need to create great meals on your Egg this grilling season.

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