How to Clean and Maintain Your Patio Furniture
Posted By: admin on 6 Jun, 2017
By its very nature, patio furniture is regularly exposed to harsh weather conditions. It gets soaked in rain, tanned in sunlight and covered in snow. Your outdoor furniture goes through many extremes requiring some love and maintenance to keep it going.
Cleaning and maintenance of patio furniture depends on the type of material it’s made of. Teak, aluminum, wicker and wrought iron are some of the varieties available. Each material requires a different treatment and maintenance method.
Here’s a guide to take care of your outdoor furniture.
- Teak Wood Furniture
Patio furniture made from teak wood is very popular among homeowners. Teak wood is extremely durable but needs a little attention to keep it looking like new. Dirt and grime cause mildew and the golden colour of this fine wood turns to silver-gray if left untreated. To clean your teak wood furniture, prepare a cleaning solution by mixing equal amounts of mild detergent and water. Scrub the solution on the furniture by using a bristle brush (non-metallic). Don’t apply too much pressure. Scrub in the direction of the grains and then rinse off the solution with water. Choose a sunny day for the cleaning so that the furniture gets dried up quickly. Remember to oil your teak wood furniture after cleaning to maintain the golden glossy finish.
- Wicker Furniture
Outdoor wicker furniture is light, yet sturdy, and adds to the aesthetic value of any patio. Cleaning wicker furniture is easy. Use a garden hose or pressure washer to spray off the dirt. For extensive cleaning, mix a mild soap in clean water and wash with a sponge. In the case of stubborn stains, scrub the furniture with a bristle brush dipped in the same cleaning solution. Then wipe off the solution with a wet lint-free cloth.
- Metal Furniture
Furniture pieces made up of steel, wrought iron, wrought aluminum or cast aluminum are common. They are covered with a coating to protect the furniture from harsh outdoor elements. But without proper maintenance, it will eventually deteriorate. Therefore, to clean metal framed furniture, you simply need a mild liquid soap or a car wash soap. Clean your furniture with liquid soap and wipe off using a wet microfiber cloth. If you see any rust damage, then remove the rusted area with sandpaper. Don’t forget to cover it up with matching paint.
Apply a clear automobile wax once a year to maintain the shine of your metal-framed outdoor furniture. It will also provide protection from the salt air if you’re living in a coastal area.
Outdoor fabrics need special care as sun rays, dirt and grime eventually cause discolouration and depreciation. When it comes to cushion and upholstery cleaning, soft dusting is recommended. For tough stains, prepare a cleaning solution of water and mild detergent. Apply the solution with the help of a soft bristle brush or sponge. Now, rinse away the solution thoroughly from the fabric and let it air dry. If you have removable cushion covers, you can wash them in the washing machine.
Whether you’ve purchased an all-weather garden furniture or a water resistant patio furniture, a little maintenance goes a long way. Clean them at least once a year according to the material they’re made up of. Proper care and a bit of pampering will make your outdoor furniture last longer.