ocean air and patio furnitureOne of the best things about living in Santa Monica is being so close to the beautiful Pacific Ocean -- nice beaches, fresh fish, and a cool breeze. I love the smell of salt in the air from the ocean.

However, a lot of people don’t like all of the salt that comes with living near the beach. After all, salt does have a tendency to wear down a lot of materials and cause metals to rust quicker. So this leads me to a question that we get asked all the time:

Does living near the ocean damage patio furniture?

The answer to that question is it depends.

It really depends on the quality of the furniture and what kind of finish it has. In the past, I’ve owned cheap furniture that had a very light finish and it did rust after only a few months.

But that’s not something I ever worry about now, because my patio only has the same furniture that we sell at Victory Furniture, which is very high quality. Whether or not your furniture will rust is determined by the manufacturer and the finish they put on the metal.

All of our furniture is sealed with powder coating or weather resistant paint to ensure that the elements don’t affect them.

To answer the question, living near the ocean can damage patio furniture, but it won’t damage quality furniture. The only thing you would have to worry about is if you scratched the coating off of the metal. In which case, you should clean the area and apply some weather resistant touch-up paint to the area.

It’s important to clean your furniture every so often, not just for keeping a nice appearance, but to ensure that salt and dirt isn’t accumulating. That’s what can eventually wear down the finish of your furniture over time. Check out our guide to caring for outdoor steel furniture to get see how easy maintaining your patio furniture is.

So if you live near the ocean and you buy our patio furniture, you’ll be able to enjoy it for many years to come.