Some pieces take on more decoration than outdoor furniture. Whether it’s soaking at a pool party or seeing a blizzard, it can lead to some abuse. That’s why it’s a good idea to give your outdoor equipment an occasional TLC. Although today’s exterior fabrics and finishes are built to withstand the elements, annual cleaning can go a long way in making them in the years to come.
Choose a waterproof material
An important factor is to choose materials that have been proven to be resistant to rain and moisture. Weatherproof galvanized steel, concrete composite, and water-resistant synthetic outdoor wicker chairs are naturally weather-resistant and resistant to fungus which could damage the outdoor furniture. When exposed to elements, teak-like wood develops a silver-grey patina over time.
Acacia wood is another fine material for outdoor use, but requires slightly more maintenance than its metal-based counterparts. Despite its natural weather resistance, acacia is still sensitive to moisture and humidity. To make acacia wood furniture look brand new, it is recommended to cover it to keep away excess moisture.
Today’s outdoor clothing is very durable, but the dirt and grime also make it very difficult to weave. Start by dusting the surface, and then using a sponge or soft bristle brush, dilute 1 cup mild detergent (such as dawn or violet) in 1 gallon of water. Remove all soap and wash clothes thoroughly to keep them air dry, and your cushions should be as shiny and flat as the days you bought them. If your cushion covers are canvas, you can remove them and toss them in the washer. If you do not have removable cushions, grab a strip of Fels-Naphtha soap and apply it with a soft bristle brush. This technique also works well to remove tough stains such as bird droppings from canvas openings.
If your makeup is in good condition, all they need is a quick vacuum and a mild detergent wipe on a thin cloth. Scrub the stubborn scum with a Bristol brush dipped in the same solution, and then rinse with a cloth in plain water. If you notice your wicker drying and splitting, choose an attractive day to fog with a garden hose and allow it to dry in a shady spot. Do not do it more than twice a year to prevent the glue joints from weakening.
TLC for teak
Dirt and grime can cause mildew, so it is important to use a bristle brush to thoroughly clean with a mild detergent and an equivalent water solution. Do this once a year and the teak should be without light.
Boiling your teak will help maintain its buttery golden colour and prevent the grains from breaking down, but will also help convert the moisture into a mould more easily. Ask your manufacturer before oiling your teak and get a product recommendation if you decide to proceed.
Love on metal
Most metal garden furniture is finished with a protective coating that is inaccessible to the elements, but this finish will eventually go away. Carefully inspect your metal objects each spring. If varnish bubbles or you find any rust is damaged, use sandpaper to remove the damaged area, and then apply new paint or varnish. Strong acids can remove the protective finish of your furniture. So, check this out regularly and remove them as soon as you see them. From a mild detergent solution to a damp cloth, it is also a good idea to fine-tune throughout the season.