By Mildred Walker. Furniture. Published at Tuesday, September 18th, 2018 - 00:41:07 AM.
Here‘s another hint: you can usually tell from the available sizes if a particular brand of patio furniture cover is higher or lower quality. Those brands whose covers undergo exhaustive research and development are usually the ones that have a full array of shapes and sizes to fit a huge variety of furniture. When you find covers that are not exactly applicable to the dimensions of your furniture, it does not necessarily mean that the next lower or higher size in that brand will fit. The ideal solution is to find a "custom fit" patio furniture cover. There are many companies and websites who specialize in doing this.
It may be a more expensive proposition, but it also provides the best protection for your furniture over time. Covers that are undersized will not give adequate protection to your furniture, and covers that are too big will tend to be blown away (or cause your furniture to get blown away). Another unwelcome development from loose covers is the creation of pools of water that can cause moisture as well as become breeding grounds for mosquitoes (yuck) and other insects. During winter, these pools of water can turn into ice and cause damage to the cover and the furniture as well.
Some manufacturers go over the top when making their products the best-of-the-best. When it comes to patio furniture covers, special features may come in the form of elastic hems, Velcro closures, zipper closures, leg ties as well as built-in storage pockets which can be used to protect the covers while in storage. One way to direct water away from outdoor furniture covers is through the use of piping along the seams. Other outdoor furniture covers have built-in air vents whose function is to reduce the level of moisture that can form underneath the covers. Air vents can also reduce the amount of air that gets trapped under the covers during windy days.
Naturally, next on your to-do-list is to inspect your furnishings for debris, and remove it accordingly. Lawn, garden, and patio furniture should be cleaned only according to manufacturer‘s specifications; but generally, most outdoor furniture can be cleaned with a mixture of water and mild detergent. Here‘s another hint: patio umbrellas must be washed or cleaned in the "open" position to allow cleaning of all their parts. Make sure that all outdoor furniture is allowed to dry before covering it. Otherwise, you could be inviting unwelcome mold to take up residence.
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