Quick guide to maintaining your patio furniture

With today’s huge selections of different types of garden furniture, there are definitely choices to suit every budget. There are a lot of local furniture stores and online retailers (such as the, ahem, excellent Lazy Susan) that offer big savings on stylish ranges of garden furniture. Most of these garden furniture stores also offer free delivery and give warranties on the majority of the patio furniture items that they are selling, as well. There are so many different furniture pieces that you can choose to add to your patio space, from full garden furniture sets, patio tables, patio sofas, patio chairs, patio benches, dining sets, recliners, bar stools, bar sets, bistro table sets, chaise lounges, porch swings, hammocks and so much more.

Amy 4 Seater Round Garden Table

However, garden furniture is an investment and as with any investment you need to look after it. Taking care of your outdoor furniture is very important in protecting your investment. Knowing how to care for your patio furniture is key to making your outdoor furniture last as long as possible. The most popular patio furniture being sold today will last for many years, but all, regardless if they are constructed from, plastic, iron, timber or cast aluminium, will require a little special care and attention from time to time.

We’re a little biased but if you buy aluminium patio sets, then yes they’re a little more expensive, but they do not rust, have a longer lifetime and are by far one of the easiest to maintain. Detractors (and by that I mean companies that sell other forms of garden furniture such as timber and iron) will always try and play the ‘pitting’ card, but that’s total nonsense as if it does occur it is incredibly easy to fix, especially when compared to rusty iron or rotting timber! If you have steel or iron patio furniture, then you should touch paint any scratches as soon as you get the chance to prevent rusting. If rust is present, sand the rust down and paint to avoid further damage to the frame.

Protecting all your oudoor furniture from the elements will greatly enhance their lifespan. Bring your cushions inside on rainy days. Keep the cushions dry to lengthen the life of the fabric. Invest in some outdoor furniture covers and protect your furniture in bad weather. Store all garden and patio furniture away during winter time and do not forget to stow away your patio and garden lights, garden lanterns and garden torches. Buying or building a shed makes perfect sense. Clean outdoor furniture regularly

  • Aluminum Furniture
    Aluminium furniture does not rust and then come either painted or powder coated. If they’re not coated or painted, then you really need to paint or coat the aluminim frames with acrylic powder. Regularly clean the frames with water and mild soap. Preventation is the best form of defence so apply annualy a coat of car wax and this will help to prevent pitting and allow for easy cleaning in the future.
  • Wrought Iron
    Apply wax or naval jelly to protect the frames from corroding or rusting. Wrought iron needs to be painted annually to prevent rust. Regularly with water and mild soap.
  • Steel Furniture
    As with iron, apply a car wax to protect the frames from corroding or rusting. Touch paint any scratches as soon as you get the chance to prevent rusting and if rust is present, sand the rust down and paint to avoid further damage to the furniture. Regularly with water and mild soap.
  • Wooden Outdoor Furniture
    if coated with an exterior-grade varnish can be cleaned with water and mild soap. Thoroughly rinse the furniture with clean water. Wooden garden furniture should always be stored indoors during the winter with the exception of teak and cedar furniture. Teak and cedar furniture can also benefit from not being exposed to the elements during winter, but it will stand up better than most other types of timber used in the construction of modern garden furniture. If you have teak furniture, the you need to re-apply varnish annually to preserve the look. And this goes for all other types of wood too, as they will all look better and last longer if coated annually with a wood sealer
  • Outdoor Fabrics
    Always check the labels for washing instructions. Most can be machine-washed using the gentle cycle at 30 degrees. Add bleach for white items if needed. Do not machine-dry, always hang outside to dry in the sun and stretch back over the frame before the fabric is completely dry to avoid shrinkage.  Always cover fabric furniture when raining and store indoors during the winter.
  • Patio Acrylic Cushions
    Always remove from the frame before cleaning and clean using a sponge, mild soap and warm water only. Thoroughly rinse the furniture with clean water and dry completely before using or storing to prevent mildew. To remove mildew, use a solution of one litre water, one cups of detergent and half a cup of bleach. Never wrap cushions in plastic when in storage as this will encourage mildew if there is any moisture present
  • Resin Outdoor Furniture
    To be honest resin garden furniture probably requires the least amount of care and attention, however, it does need periodic care, especially if you plan to leave it outside all year round.  Spray off with clean water and allow to air dry. Use a gentle abrasive to remove any scuff marks. Remove mildew use a solution of two cups of detergent and one cup of bleach in one gallon of water
  • Synthetic Wicker & Rattan Outdoor Furniture
    Again, rattan garden furniture is largely immune to the elements. However, it will look better and last longer is it is coated a few times a year with a protective finish such as a weatherproof plastic coating
  • Natural Wicker & Rattan Outdoor Furniture
    Clean using a hose or pressure washer (set low) to remove dirt and stains. If very dirty use a sponge, mild soap and cold water to wash. Leave the furniture to dry and wax the frame. Try not to wash natural wicker an rattan too often, as leaving it will help enhance its lifetime.
  • PVC/Plastic Patio Furniture
    Apply mild detergent to plastic and allow to soak. Scrub with a stiff brush and hose to wash clean. Add a few drops of oil or silicon to any moving metal parts and protect from sun if not being used for any long period of time, as ovr exposure to the sun will fade or yellow plastic furniture
  • Parasols
    Wash covers using a soft-bristled brush, mild soap and cold water. Lubricate all joints of wire-frame umbrellas and wax the farmes of wooden-frame umbrella to restore shine. Always fold the parasol down, and if not being used and during the winter store indoors.

About Lazy Susan

About Lazy Susan

Lazy Susan is a small family business that specialise exclusively in wicker, rattan and metal garden furniture, specifically cast aluminium. Visit www.lazysusanfurniture.co.uk to find out more and view our complete product range.

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