How to properly maintain your patio furnitureStrong Life Patios and Carports

Posted on December 19, 2012 – 00:00

wooden patio furniturePatio furniture is one of the hardest pieces of furniture to keep clean because it is always exposed to the elements – wind,rain and everything else that the harsh Australian climate can throw at it.

So how can you make sure your patio furniture stays in ‘ready to use’ condition?

Many think that with a good downpour of rain comes a good clean,but this is not the case. Heavy rain brings with it dirt and debris which only add to the problem,and soap and water never fall from the sky together,so your patio furniture unfortunately cannot get clean by merely sitting there.

Furthermore,long intervals between cleaning patio furniture can make it even more difficult to remove dirt and grime,so to make the job easier and quicker,aim to give your patio furniture a good wash down weekly or at most fortnightly.

At the same time you can check for signs of rust on chairs and inspect cushioning for holes or tears that may need fixing. Repairing damage as soon as it happens will help to extend the lifespan of your outdoor furniture and prevent damage from becoming worse in the long run. It will also save you the embarrassment of your patio furniture falling apart mid-way through entertaining!

Below we have included a few tips on how to keep your patio furniture clean according to the type of material it is made from:

Aluminum Patio Furniture

Aluminum furniture can be raw or painted (often referred to as powder coated). To clean:

  • Use warm water and a small amount of mild detergent.
  • Scrub the entire surface with soapy water.
  • Rinse with clear water to remove soap residue.

Once cleaned raw aluminium furniture can have a metal polish applied which will leave a nice shine and maintain the cleanliness of the furniture for longer.

Plastic Outdoor Furniture

Plastic outdoor furniture is very popular because its easy to clean,affordable and durable. Cleaning is similar to aluminium furniture and can be done with mild soap and water (minus the metal polish). For sturdier plastic furniture you could also consider using a karcher of other high pressure powered hose to remove loose dirt and debris.

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2007-07-06 21:19:10 by -title-

I recall someone here asking a long time ago, about what "furniture" to use, in order to conceal the implements of the B&D ------ and I provided the idea of buying a plastic (Rubbermaid Patio) storage bench, and spray-painting it wood-brown (Krylon FUSION paint is perfect for plastic).
or go with the nice Delahey bench (natural wood)
Has anyone else seen some good ways to hold 'cuffs & stuff' -- hidden in plain sight?

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