After spending a few seasons on your porch, the furnishings you have may begin to show their age with mildew, rust marks, stains and more. Use the following general care tips to ensure you have your tables, cushions, chairs and more looking good as time goes by. Outdoors furniture with woven fabrics will generally have undergone a chemical treatment allowing them better stain and moisture resistance, regardless of material, but you would still do well to protect them anyway.
- Maintaining wicker furniture
The pliable weave of wicker furniture is made from split reed, rattan, coated paper and other similar solutions. Coated in paint, varnish and even a combination of both, they are pretty resistant to the elements apart from sunlight for the most part. You would still do well to cover the furniture pieces if you are leaving them for extended periods of time. Make sure you also vacuum it to get rid of dirt and debris, using a dust brush attachment or even a dry paintbrush. Clean up the surfaces using a mild soap solution, scrub and rinse and you will have solid results. Avoid the use of way too much water as it may easily weaken the fabrics. Dry off well before using.
- Wooden furniture care
Most of the lumber used for outdoor furniture has its own naturally resistance to decay and the elements. Even though the sealants used will help prevent color loss and wear and tear, they are not always necessary. Wood will often form its own patina and will require little to no maintenance and the ability to last for a long time. Deep cleaning of this type of furniture on the other hand requires a bit more care. If you want to do some serious cleaning of mildew stains, then you will need to mix a gallon of hot water with some powdered oxygen bleach following instructions accordingly. Scrub the affected area with a soft brush and rinse well. If you have any rust stains or bird droppings, then you will need to sand the area with fine grit sandpaper, rinsing it afterward. If your area is way too large to sand effectively, then you will need to mix hot water with some oxalic acid crystals, commonly known as wood bleach for easier cleaning. Apply it with a soft brush and then rinse well. Never use chlorine bleach or it will damage the wood fibers.
- Metal furniture care
Iron, steel, aluminum as well as other metals can be wrought into amazing shapes, cast from molds or even formed into hollow tubing. A lot of the metals used however are suffering from rust, making metal furniture painted with clear varnish, paint or even a powder coating for increased durability. Deep cleaning for these materials requires a mild soap, scrubbing and rinsing in most cases. If you have mold or rust stains then it will be an entirely new game altogether, prompting the use of fine grit sandpaper. Wipe the area clean, apply a touch up of paint as needed over several thin layers and let the area dry between coats. Humidity may affect the paint, so make sure you work on a dry day at all times.
If your outdoor furniture is beyond repair, then you probably bought it at a big box retailer! Aspen Fireplace and Patio carries only high-quality outdoor furniture that is manufactured to withstand the elements and last for a long time.