Easy Steps to Cleaning & Maintaining Beautiful Outdoor Furniture
Whether you just invested in new patio furniture or the outdoor furniture set you have is several years old, you’ll want to keep it looking its best for many years to come. Regular cleaning is key to maintaining your patio furniture’s longevity as well as its beauty.
Tropical Hardwood Patio Furniture
Made of solid eucalyptus, a natural and renewable tropical hardwood, this outdoor furniture has a timeless beauty and durability that makes it ideal for both indoor and outdoor settings. Eucalyptus is a strong, dense hardwood that is naturally resistant to insect infestation and damage caused by moisture, making it an excellent choice for outdoor use. The warm rich color and natural grain variations of the wood give each patio furniture piece its own special character that is sure to enhance your home’s decor. With the proper care and maintenance, your eucalyptus patio furniture will provide many years of enjoyment.
Tropical Hardwood Patio Furniture Care & Maintenance
Before leaving the factory, tropical wood outdoor furniture is treated with a penetrating oil to repel water and help protect it from the elements. However, when left outdoors, eucalyptus patio furniture will gradually weather to a silvery gray color. If you wish to maintain the original finish of your outdoor furniture, then you should periodically apply a good-quality outdoor furniture oil, using a soft cloth. If you like the natural look of the graying wood, oil does not need to be applied to keep your wood patio furniture strong and durable.
To clean your tropical hardwood patio furniture, use a suitable wood cleaner or warm soapy water, brushing with a stiff brush in the direction of the grain. Let the wood thoroughly dry before applying the hardwood oil finish. Apply additional coats of hardwood oil to achieve desired results. Wipe off excess oil with a clean dry cloth, and make sure the oil has completely dried before using your patio furniture. Storing or covering your tropical hardwood patio furniture with outdoor furniture covers during winter months will also extend its life.
Resin Wicker Outdoor Furniture
The beauty of resin patio furniture is that is has the timeless charm of old-fashioned wicker with the modern practicality of sturdy, weather-resistant resin (a high-density plastic). Unlike natural wicker or rattan which will chip or break over time, resin wicker outdoor furniture is resistant against the UV radiation of the sun, as well as rain and wind. Because it is made of synthetic wicker, this patio furniture won’t fade, peel or splinter, and it requires minimal maintenance.
Resin Wicker Patio Furniture Care & Maintenance
Over time, your resin wicker patio furniture may get sticky from spilled drinks, or grimy from dust or food particles that get caught in the woven wicker surface. In most instances, a spray of water from your hose will take care of everyday dirt buildup. For more stubborn cases, use a mild soap mixed with water and a soft brush or sponge to scrub your resin wicker furniture clean. You can also use a general-purpose spray cleaner on your resin wicker furniture, but be sure to wipe it off quickly and rinse with water to prevent damage to the finish. (Test your cleaning spray in a small inconspicuous area first.) After cleaning your resin wicker furniture, dry it with a cotton cloth. When you’re not using your patio furniture or for end-of-season storage, it’s a great idea to use outdoor furniture covers to shield your resin wicker furniture from rain, blowing debris, tree sap and the hot sun.
Metal Patio Furniture
Wonderfully strong and practically indestructible, metal patio furniture is the ideal choice for those who want their outdoor furniture to last for many years. Styles of metal patio furniture range from classic wrought iron looks to sleek contemporary designs to charming bistro pieces. Since most metal furniture is fairly heavy, it’s excellent for areas that may experience windy conditions – you won’t have to worry about it blowing over. Today’s metal patio furniture has the added benefit of a powder-coated finish that helps protect against rust and weather damage.
Metal Outdoor Furniture Care & Maintenance
Metal Outdoor furniture is among the easiest to care for…that’s why so many restaurants use it for their outdoor patios. When your metal outdoor furniture gets dirty, simply squirt it off with your garden hose and dry it with a cloth or let it dry in the sun. Use a mild soap and warm water to scrub away any stains or mossy patches. Watch for any rusted spots, and use a wire brush or sandpaper to remove them. After some years, the painted finish of your metal patio furniture may flake or wear off due to sun exposure. A thorough cleaning and a new coat of rust-resistant paint will make your metal outdoor furniture look like new again. Outdoor furniture covers will also help extend the life of your metal patio furniture.
Wood-look Resin Outdoor Furniture
If you love the natural beauty of wood outdoor furniture but want it to be practically maintenance free, invest in heavyweight wood-look resin outdoor furniture. Yes, it’s priced significantly higher, but with wood-look resin outdoor furniture you won’t have to worry about cracking or peeling, and you’ll never have to treat the patio furniture with oil or paint it. Crafted from all-season resin lumber with uniform color throughout, this patio furniture offers impressive fading and weathering performance to maintain its beauty for many years. You can even leave wood-look resin furniture outside all winter long.
Wood-look Resin Outdoor Furniture Care & Maintenance
Simply spray this patio furniture with your garden hose to remove most grime and dirt. In case of bird droppings or other stains, you can use a mild detergent and water solution without affecting the color. Use a soft bristle brush to get into the creases of your wood-look resin furniture then rinse with the hose.