How to Waterproof Your Outdoor Furniture, According to an Expert

The first step to protecting your outdoor furniture from the elements has absolutely nothing to do with waterproofing – you need to start by assessing the condition of your furniture.

“Before you start waterproofing your patio furniture, it’s essential to check for any signs of wear,” says Barker. In particular, he advises, “Look for cracks, chips, or peeling paint, and make sure all moving parts are still in good working order. If you spot any issues, be sure to fix them before you start waterproofing, as this will help prolong the life of your furniture.”

Yes, it adds a bit of time to preparing your furniture for the cooler seasons. However, issues like furniture rust can potentially stain cushions and other textiles that are likely stored with them, meaning you could end up ruining several pieces.

Plus, from a practical standpoint, when you finally get all your furniture out as the warm weather approaches, the last thing you’ll want to do is spend hours mending and fixing things. If you take the time to do this as the first step in the process, not only will it help the longevity of your furniture, as Barker suggests, but it will also make things much more convenient in the future.

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