When shopping for the ideal outdoor furniture for your lifestyle, you may have some questions about warranties, maintenance, fabrics, and other materials.

Here are the answers to the most frequently asked questions about patio furniture:

How long should outdoor furniture last?

Since most sets are made with materials that will withstand environmental elements, they will often last much longer than the life of the warranty. You should expect to get many years of use out of durable, high-quality outdoor furniture.

How do fabrics hold up against the weather?

The weather resistance of most pillows and cushions depends on the type of filling they’re made from. Fabrics like Sunbrella are fade-resistant, stain-resistant, and cleanable with bleach. There are also fabric seating options that are fill-free or cushionless.

How do I remove mold/mildew from cushions or pillows?

Most brands have fabric cleaners, protectors, and stain removers that are safe to use on their products. To prevent cushions and pillows from molding/mildewing, you want to keep them clean and safe from water and debris.

Is it safe to use a pressure washer to clean patio furniture?

Not all materials are safe for pressure washing, so be sure to refer to the care and maintenance guidelines for the brand. Some may be able to withstand pressure washing at certain distances, while some might direct you to handwash.

Are patio furniture covers necessary?

While covers may not be necessary for every patio set, they can be beneficial in minimizing the amount of cleaning it requires. If your furniture sits in an area where it can catch water or falling leaves, using furniture covers will protect them from accumulating any extra dirt or debris. Furniture covers will attach securely to the furniture so that they will not move in windy conditions.

Can patio furniture covers be washed?

Yes, furniture covers should be washed to help maintain their integrity. Cleaning them with mild soap and warm water will remove most dirt or stains. Then, they should be laid flat or hung out to air dry. Be sure to review the care instructions for your cover before cleaning them.

Do I need to winterize my furniture?

Ice, snow, and extremely cold temperatures can affect the longevity of your patio set. It’s ideal to store it in a water-proof area like a basement, garage, or storage shed. However, if you do not have the extra space to store all of your furniture, it’s best to use quality outdoor covers to protect the frame and fabric from the elements.

What types of materials require the least maintenance?

Vinyl wickers, aluminum, and poly-wood are low-maintenance materials. They will be most resistant to the outdoor elements, but they will still require attention to keep clean & ready for use when needed.

Have more questions?

Bassemiers carries over 10 different brands of patio furniture including Homecrest Outdoor Living, Patio Renaissance, Berlin Gardens, and more!

Our sales team can answer any questions you may have and find the perfect patio set for your lifestyle. Visit us to shop our in-store and special order options.