Caring for Patio Furniture While You Paint the Exterior of Your Home
Nothing would be worse than ordering custom outdoor cushions, repainting your house and then finding paint residue all over your new furniture. There is a protocol for caring for furniture when you’re repainting the exterior of your home. You’ll need some tarp, and potentially a storage shed. You’ll also need some paint thinner and some cleaning supplies to make sure you’re prepared to remove any paint that may stain the furniture.
Protecting the Furniture
The first step is to drape some clear plastic tarp over your furnishings. Flexible polyurethane foam doesn’t have any adverse reactions to oil-based paint, but it’s not going to survive prolonged exposure to paint thinner, which is what you’ll need to remove any paint caked onto cushions from splash back.
Once the furniture has tarp to protect it, move each piece away from the wall. This is where storage comes in handy, because it helps you secure your furnishings away from the elements and paint exposure. You can also leave the furniture out, protected by the tarp, and store the upholstery foam from Canada in the storage shed.
If any paint happens to splash onto the furnishings, which is sometimes unavoidable depending on the space you have to work with, you’ll need some paint thinner and cotton swabs to remove it. First, remove the covers from each cushion, so the thinner doesn’t harm the foam, then go bit by bit and remove the caked on paint with your cotton swab doused in paint thinner. It’s a long process, so feel free to throw away covers that suffered the worst splash back and replace them if need be.
The Foam Factory, Inc. specializes in custom outdoor cushions designed for the modern patio, with open-cell foam to reduce moisture buildup.