Tips for Maintaining Patio Furniture

Posted by Garden2Home on 1/24/2014 to Care & Maintenance
Fine outdoor furniture deserves exceptional care. Our furniture can be enjoyed for many years when well maintained.

REGULAR MAINTENANCE AND HOW TO CLEAN CAST ALUMINUM FURNISHINGS

Wash the furniture with a solution of mild detergent and water, rinse with clear water and dry thoroughly. To all metal frames, apply a fine, clear automobile wax for maximum protection against harmful ultraviolet exposure and salt air.

For best protection, perform this maintenance at least twice a year.

HOW TO CLEAN STAINLESS STEEL FURNISHINGS

Stainless steel is virtually maintenance free under normal use and conditions. Wash with a mild detergent, then dry with a soft towel. Do not use chlorine based products on stainless steel. To restore the satin finish, rub along the length of the frame with a non-woven, non-abrasive pad.

HOW TO CLEAN TEAK, SHOREA AND OTHER WOOD FURNISHINGS

Left alone to age, the natural color of teak and shorea furnishings will weather to a soft, silvery grey. Depending of the degree of rain and sunlight exposure, this process may take up to one year. Over time, as the wood ages, tiny checks or fine cracks may be noticed on end sections. There is no need to be alarmed because this is normal in the process of wood aging under outdoor conditions and will not in anyway undermine the fundamental strength and durability of the furniture. These imperfections, which are inherent properties of wood, will enhance the beauty of the furniture.

To maintain wood furnishings, use a soft bristled utility brush and stroke gently in the direction of the grain to remove surface dust. For more stubborn dirt, the wood may be washed periodically with a mild solution of four parts laundry detergent or dishwashing soap to one part of bleach in water, then rinse thoroughly and allow to dry completely.

Oiling wooden outdoor furniture may cause mildew or irregular coloring. To maintain the natural color of wood, furniture may need to be treated at least twice a year, depending on the amount of exposure to the elements.

HOW TO CLEAN VINYL AND PVC FURNITURE

Apply a quality vinyl protectant to guard against the effects of air pollution, salt air build-up and mildew. Remove light stain with a solution of mild detergent and water, then rinse with clear water and dry thoroughly.

HOW TO TAKE CARE OF RATTAN AND WICKER FURNITURE

Since moisture and excessive sun exposure is not good for your wicker furniture, it is advisable to place it under a covered area when used outdoors. Rattan and wicker furniture is perfect for gazebos, cabanas, porch, or patios. Invest in furniture covers especially if you will use the furniture in uncovered areas or on the porch. Rid your furniture of dust and moisture using a soft cloth. You can also make use of a vacuum to get rid of allergens that might be thriving in the joints and corners of your pieces. Once a year, you can wash your wicker furniture using lukewarm water and a sponge. Dry it with a soft cloth and leave it to completely dry under the sun. Mildews may also grow on wicker furniture. Try to sponge it off with soap. You can also try using bleach or lemon juice to wipe it off. You can also repaint your wicker furniture according to your desired colors. Just make sure you clean it first and get rid of dusts to have a fine finish.

HOW TO CLEAN FABRIC

Fine outdoor fabrics are designed to endure years of sun, soil and moisture. To remove light stains, wash outdoor cushions with a solution of mild detergent and water, and thoroughly rinse with clear water. Stand cushions on end and allow to air dry completely. Mildew and heavy stains can be removed with our Adieu Mildew Remover/Preventative. Note: Do not dry clean or use a washing machine or dryer. Do not steam or use water at temperature above 100 degree F.

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