How To Care For Your Porch Glider
Weather changes and frequent use can add up to a lot of wear and tear on your porch glider. To ensure that you can enjoy many years on your outdoor living space, take time to properly care for your glider, double porch swing or porch swing chair.
Keep It Clean And Lubricated
Use products made for lubricating metal joints on the bearings to keep them rolling properly. This will maintain the fluid motion of your porch glider. It is also important to make sure there is no rust, so use a wire brush to scrape off any buildup.
Apply joint lubricant twice a year, or seasonally as needed. Keep in mind that, depending on climate, you may have to grease the joints more in the winter than in the summer. Snow and ice are more damaging to the mechanisms than heat and humidity as the metal parts can warp under frigid conditions.
Maintaining a clean seat and base are important as well. Rust can build onto a metal seat, and ultimately cause it to collapse. With a wood seat and base, dirt can bring mildew, and even attract bugs! Wicker needs to be cleaned often, because spiders and other creatures can live within the weave. Also, dust and grime can wedge in between the fibers, weakening the structure itself. All of these are good reasons to keep your entire porch glider clean.
Protect It from Water
Water is the number one cause of rust on the glider’s components, as it speeds the oxidation process of metal. Keep the bearings free of moisture as much as possible, and protect it from humidity if possible. In the event of a heavy rain, move the porch glider to a dry place, whether underneath an awning or inside a garage. If the joints get wet, do your best to eliminate as much water as possible.
To protect the rest of the glider, keep it out of direct sunlight and rain. The finish on your glider can be weakened by the heat and light of the sun, while the material out of which your porch glider is made can be weakened by the properties in water. For instance, water can warp and expand wooden swings, exposing unprotected wood to more moisture. It can also soften wicker and make it easily split or broken if wet. As with the gliding parts, a metal swing can rust if exposed to water, and so should be put in a dry place. During the winter, if snow is in your usual forecast, it is ideal to lay a tarp over your swing to keep out the moisture from freezing precipitation.
Maintain Fresh Paint
One of the benefits of having porch furniture is the versatility of finishes. You can change the color, the finish, and even the texture. Paint designed for outdoor furniture is available at any local hardware store, which contains its own sealants. Some of these paints even have the properties of a primer as well, making it unnecessary to sand or strip the paint off of your glider. Make sure you use the paint appropriate for your material—that is, if your glider is made of wood or wicker, use a wood paint; if it’s made of metal, use a metal paint. This can seal the material from water and sun damage, and can serve to replenish or replace your glider’s protective coating.
Maintaining an operational and comfortable porch glider can add value and character to these pieces. If properly cared for, you can enjoy your gliders throughout many seasons.