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How do I stop my outdoor furniture from fading? Here are 4 tricks experts want you to know to keep it protected from UV rays

  • August 5, 2023
 A deck with upholstered outdoor furniture

A deck with upholstered outdoor furniture

Distressed cast iron bench, vintage terracotta pots, the patina of a rusted watering can – we love a shabby chic backyard as much as the next person. What we don’t love, however, is faded patio furniture that looks unloved and unkempt, resulting in a garden that looks neglected.

It’s easy to think your outdoor furniture is invincible – it’s designed to live outside, after all – but if you want to keep it looking its best, you’ll need to maintain it. Rain, wind, and frost can cause their own problems, but one of your worst enemies when it comes to the upkeep of garden furniture is the sun. Since we mostly use it through the summer it’s left to the peril of intense UV rays, with fading being a common problem.

The thing is, patio furniture doesn’t come cheap so if you want to keep it looking its best for more than a single summer, you’ll want to know about the various way to stop it from fading. To help you, we asked some experts in garden furniture for their insights on keeping modern outdoor furniture looking fresh. Here’s what they had to say.

1. Store it properly



It might sound obvious, but the first step to well-kept patio furniture is storing it properly when not in use. Although we typically keep our garden seating outside through the whole summer, the sun can still be pretty powerful throughout the rest of the year too, so, if you’re not using it through autumn and winter, be sure to store it away.

‘One way to do this is to use a protective cover when you’re not using it,’ explains  Raf Michalowski, interior designer and founder of Meble Furniture. Most modern furniture will come with

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