Monthly Archives: July 2011

How to Clean and Care for Wood Patio Furniture

 

Wood Patio Furniture

No matter what kind of wood your patio furniture is made from, it should be cleaned once a year to keep it in top shape.  Here’s a simple recipe:

  • Mix one tablespoon of bleach, five tablespoons of a gentle dish washing liquid, and a gallon of water, and softly rub the surface of your wood furniture with a soft bristle brush. Wash the solution from the furniture, and allow it to dry completely in the sun.
  • Repainting or restaining wood furniture could be indicated at this time to cover and protect any worn or damaged areas.

Patio Furniture CoversCaring for wood furniture goes beyond giving it an annual scrub down, though.  All woods are susceptible to rot and decay if left in damp, humid, and shady areas for a long time. Wood that becomes saturated with rain water is more likely to warp and rot, so using protective Outdoor Patio Furniture Covers when your furniture is not in use is strongly advised to keep your wooden patio furniture in good shape.

The bases of furniture legs are definitely the most susceptible when it comes to water damage. If wood furniture is kept in the grass, at the poolside, or on a surface that collects even a small level of rain water, the legs can become easily saturated and damaged. Covering the bottoms of each furniture leg with rubberized material or small sections of cedar fencing material will help protect your furniture from rotting from the bottom up.

Additionally, exposure to chemicals including solvents and chlorine, and exposure to common items such as alcoholic beverages, plants and flower nectar, and hot items (off of a grill, for example) can permanently stain and damage wood surfaces. Moreover, it is vital to prevent plastic objects, like plastic table cloths, toys, place mats, and appliance covers, from lying on wood furniture for a long period of time because plastic can discolor wood. Plastic can also stick to and damage a wood finish.

The lifespan for any wooden patio furniture depends greatly on the type of wood used and the weather it is exposed to. Properly maintaining your outdoor wood furniture can make it last for many years and maximize your investment. Outdoor wood furniture makes a natural and beautiful addition to any backyard, deck, patio, or garden, and with care, it will continue to make a great impression for years to come.

Beautiful Shade Sail Installations to Inspire

Shade sails can be a beautiful addition to any backyard or outdoor area. They are a perfect patio or pergola cover. Shade sails are available in several different kinds of fabric (Commercial 95, Sunbrella, and Coolaroo) and can be stock or custom sizes to fit any space. They also come in an abundance of colors. Try layering or arranging different sizes or shapes of shade sail to create a custom look. Here are some examples of shade sail installations. Call Mighty Covers at 888-246-6909 to find out how to create these custom looks.
Sun Sail Installation

Sun Sail Installation

Sun Sail Installation

Sun Sail Installation

Sun Sail Installation

Cool Relief from Stifling Summer Heat

 

Boating and Boat Covers

Where do you go for relief on days when the heat, humidity, and intense sun threaten to chase you indoors?  If you own a boat, you most likely head for the water.  Boating offers a refreshing retreat from sweltering summer days.  Your boat can take you over cool waters to shady and private, tree-lined nooks along the banks of a favorite lake or river.  Perhaps you drop anchor, slip the snorkeling mask over your head, and jump in for a little underwater exploration.  Or, do you prefer to crank the motor on high and feel the cooler air wash over your face as you skim the water’s surface?

Boat CoversDo you use your boat every so often?  Every weekend?  Every day?  Whatever the frequency, you can maintain a cleaner boat that withstands harsh weather conditions better if you consistently use a Boat Cover to protect it.  Boat covers are available for every kind of boat, and they should be used when your boat is in storage, in transit, and after each day of use.

However you choose to use your boat, no matter what kind of boat it may be, it has the power to take you away from the stifling masses of thick, hot air that can be so oppressing on dry land.  For many boat owners, boats offer a quick and easy vacation destination.  Bring the dog and your bathing suit, and you’re ready for relaxation.

Jet Ski Safely This Summer!

Jet Ski Fun
Jet ski accidents happen too frequently and have been the subject of much media coverage lately. While jet skis are a great way to have fun and enjoy the water this summer, they also should be operated with the utmost care. Be sure to follow these safety precautions and tips to maximize your fun while minimizing your risk.

  • Don’t operate a boat or jet ski after you have been using alcohol or drugs. They impair reaction, timing, and judgement.
  • Make sure that your jet ski is in good working order prior to taking it into the water. Check fuel levels, make sure that there are no cracks or other abrasions in the body of the craft, and make sure that you are experienced in the operation of the vehicle. Take the off-season to study the mechanics of driving and use a jet ski cover to protect from damage.
  • To avoid injury, turn off the engine when individuals are in the water. Be aware of others around you and maintain a safe radius.
  • Don’t stand in or on the vessel while it’s in motion. Stay seated. You should also avoid overloading the jet ski by only allowing the maximum recommended riders on at one time.
  • Always wear a flotation device. It is also important to securely attach the engine stop lanyard to your wrist or PFD. Keep it attached at all times. If you should happen to fall of the jet ski, the engine will shut-off when the lanyard releases the kill switch.
  • Do not use jet skis at night.