Prepare Your Patio for Spring: Part 1

Spring is right around the corner, and that means it’s almost time to make sure your patio is in tip-top shape. This is part one of our two-part series for easy ways to get your outdoor space ready to see the sunshine. Next week’s blog will cover how to prep your outdoor furniture for spring, so stay tuned!

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Start with a clean slate. Move everything off of the porch or patio first so you can reach every corner. Remember to reach eye-level places like window sills, door frames, or any spots directly next to where your guests will be seated. Also don’t forget to clean umbrella tops before you put them up for the season so the sun won’t reflect grimy shadows.

Apply Some Elbow Grease
Spray down the entirety of your patio and even your vinyl siding with a high-pressure hose. This will clear away dirt and debris without having to resort to using harsh chemicals.

Sand down splintered wood and replace broken tiles or boards. Have dirty grouted tiles or hard-to-reach cracks? Get right into them with a stiff-bristled brush if you find that the dirt is especially stubborn.

Make Your Hard Work Last
If you have a wooden porch or deck, consider sprucing it up with a new coat of deck stain or sealer. Simply sprinkle water on your deck to test whether the wood can absorb sealer or finish—If it soaks in and doesn’t bead up, your deck is ready for sealer. Remember not to apply deck product directly in the sunlight as it will usually dry up before it has a chance to absorb into the wood.

You can also seal tile or stone patios so that they maintain their gorgeous look. Find the right sealer products at your local home improvement store.

Now let’s get ready for a great spring! If you found this post helpful, then check back into The Patio each week for part two, or sign up at WickerCentral.com to receive our weekly newsletter.

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Spend Valentine’s Day On the Patio

Valentine’s Day is Saturday, and if you haven’t already made plans, why not consider having a romantic night at home on your own patio? You don’t have to stay cooped up inside to have a nice evening with your significant other, even if the snow starts falling. Here are some ideas to set the mood for spending your Valentine’s Day on your own front porch.

Photo Credit: PinkPistachio.com
Photo Credit: PinkPistachio.com

Send an Invite
There’s nothing sweeter than getting a cute hand-written note stashed away in your purse, in your car, or even somewhere more exciting like this mirror message from PinkPistachio.com. Leave your Valentine a surprise personal invite and they’re sure to RSVP.

Dress for the Occasion
Wear nice, yet warm clothing in lots of layers, but make sure your date feels like you dressed up especially for them. Keep extra gloves and scarves on hand, just in case. Be sure to keep an eye on the weather so you can make sure your patio date won’t get rained out.

Keep it Simple
Don’t try to go overboard with decorations. This should be a low-key, romantic affair, so a simple candle centerpiece with some flowers would work well. While roses are very romantic flower – and certainly a good pick for Valentine’s Day- consider choosing orchids in pink, red, or fuchsia, which can be just as romantic.

Get Cozy
What’s more romantic than lighting a fire in your outdoor fire pit? Share your favorite loveseat, outdoor day bed, or double chaise lounge, a warm blanket, bring a laptop and catch a movie, or simply snuggle up and chat near the fire. Remember, this is all about spending time with your favorite person in an unexpected place, so make it special.

Heat Things Up
First, chill some wine or champagne—which shouldn’t be too difficult to keep chilled in February, no matter your location—and keep it close by for a toast. Then break out a couple of warm dishes such as pasta, soup, or perhaps even a spicy dish like Pad Thai. Finish off the night with easy-to-share desserts such as chocolate covered strawberries or fondue. You can find lots of delicious, easy recipe ideas for romantic foods on Pinterest.

Now It’s Your Turn
We want to hear from you. Would you ever consider spending Valentine’s Day on your patio with your loved one? Tell us in the comments below.

ABOUT: Wicker Central is an Elkhart, IN, based e-commerce company specializing in outdoor wicker furniture and wicker patio furniture accessories. Email us at thepatio@wickercentral.com.

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Find the Right Outdoor Wicker Furniture Cover

Winter is upon us—time to ensure your patio furniture is protected from the weather. If you haven’t yet covered your outdoor furniture, this guide can help you make the right furniture cover choice.

Shop by Rating

When shopping for outdoor furniture covers, keep in mind that some cover companies have “good, better, and best” ratings for their collections. These ratings FEATUREDare typically based on criteria such as breathability, water and dust resistance, and durability.

For instance, the outdoor furniture cover company KoverRoos has Tyvek (good), SupraRoos (better), and WeatherMax (best). Usually, they offer the same set of dimensions within each collection. If you live in a dry climate and need a lightweight cover to keep the dust off, a cover with a good rating may work for you. If you’re in a cold or damp climate, consider choosing more durable, weather-resistant covers.

Measuring Your Furniture

A good tip for finding the right furniture cover is that you never want to measure too small. The material will not usually stretch, as there may be a plastic or PVC lining that helps make it water resistant.

Allow a few inches of wiggle room for each dimension. So for example, if you have a sofa that is 80” wide, 36” deep, and 36” tall, you would want a cover that is 80-82” wide by 36-38” deep and 31-34” tall.

Mind the Length

You don’t want your covers to touch the ground for a couple of reasons. Covers usually have air vents or side vents that allow air to come up and out from the bottom of the cover. This helps whisk away any moisture that may be inside.

Covers that touch the ground will get wet and not easily dry out, which can lead to mold or mildew. Though your furniture and fabric may be mildew rated, this long-term wetness could eventually break down the cover material.

Protect Your Investment

Your furniture is made to last, but outdoor furniture covers are made to protect your wicker patio furniture investment. It’s important to remember that covers will fade and weather with time. Better the cover than your favorite piece of outdoor furniture.

ABOUT: Wicker Central is an Elkhart, IN, based e-commerce company specializing in outdoor wicker furniture and wicker patio furniture accessories. Email us at thepatio@wickercentral.com.

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