Garden Furniture Care Guide
At the first sign of sun, there’s nothing better than relaxing outside & lighting a barbeque. Taking care of your garden furniture helps it look & last long-term, saving you time and money.
Our helpful guide will give you handy tips and information on caring for your garden furniture.
CARING FOR STEEL FURNITURE
Steel furniture is a popular choice due to its classic, versatile look and durability.
Preventing rust is the best way to keep your steel furniture looking good & lasting for longer.
Cover & store someplace dry when not in use - exposure to harsh weather conditions can cause damage.
If exposed to wet conditions, dry off with a cloth to prevent water accumulation & rust build-up.
Any 'bubbles' of paint is an indication that rust is beneath the coating.
Remove bubbles with wire gauze and touch the area with metal paint.
Mix warm water and some gentle soap.
Wipe the furniture with a sponge, removing any dirt or debris.
Rinse with a bucket of water - avoid using a hose as water pressure could cause further paint damage.
Let it air dry, and check for signs of rust.
CARING FOR ALUMINIUM FURNITURE
Aluminium furniture is lightweight, easy to clean and requires little maintenance.
It has rustproof properties so when exposed to air, it develops a layer of oxide, preventing a build-up of rust.
Often there are other materials to enhance the design, so ensure you check the care guides for these materials.
It will not rust; it can become discoloured or corroded when affected by harsh weather or pollution.
Cover when it is not in use, or keep it in a dry place to prevent it from becoming dirty or discoloured.
Wash with warm water & gentle soap.
Adding lemon juice or vinegar will help your furniture to keep its shine.
If the colour has worn away due to chemicals, it can be treated with a touch up of matching car paint to disguise these blemishes.
Caring for Rattan Furniture
Resin or rattan effect wicker furniture is a synthetic material that looks and design of natural wicker but is much more durable.
It has the aesthetic of natural wicker but has in-built resistance properties to the elements.
Keep away from direct heat sources like BBQs or outdoor heaters, as the heat can damage the fibres causing them to melt.
They can be left outside all year round in hot or cold weather without losing colour.
We recommend covering or storing during periods when it is not in use as adverse weather conditions can - over time - deteriorate the furniture.
Clean regularly to prevent a build-up of dirt and grime in the small, interwoven spaces.
Spray the furniture lightly with a hose, washing off all dirt and debris.
Mix warm water with a gentle soap.
Lightly scrub the furniture using a soft bristle hand-held brush - this is ideal for removing dirt from smaller spaces.
CARING FOR PLASTIC FURNITURE
Plastic furniture can be a great addition to your outdoor area due to its durability and easy maintenance.
These are ideal for kids, as they can be wiped down easily and moved around the garden or indoors.
It can be left out all year round; however, it is good to store it in a dry place when it is not in use or in bad weather conditions.
If other materials are blended with plastic, storing when not in use or harsh weather conditions can prolong its lifespan.
Wipe all dirt and debris with a dry cloth.
If using water and bleach to clean plastic, fill the mixture in a handy spray bottle, protecting your hands.
Mix warm water and soap, and wipe the surfaces with an absorbent cloth.
Leave to air dry or wipe away with a towel.