The Outdoor Furniture Maintenance Guide

By Deepak Gupta posted 6 days ago

  
The Outdoor Furniture Maintenance Guide

Oddly enough, caring for furniture, in fact, begins before choosing which piece to buy. When considering what kind of care you need a garden side table or teak benches, even before making your purchase, you will be given the best chance of a long and happy life.

For example, if you know that you will not have the patience to maintain your outdoor furniture, you may be able to purchase less maintenance furniture. However, if you have the time and ability to give some sanding and varnishing, then you can choose with confidence for a set that may require a little more care.

We decided to create this guide, not only to help you consider your options before buying but also to give you some advice on the best ways to take care of the furniture you already own, as well as how to store it (if necessary) for the most months. cold

Assembly


First steps: To avoid damage during assembly, use the cardboard box as floor protection. This helps to avoid scratching your new furniture and avoid markings on laminate or wooden floors.

Do your homework: Always read the assembly instructions carefully, especially taking into account all the elements that should be part of the assembly. For example, sometimes the screws and bolts must be tightened to only 80% and then when the rest of the assembly is completed, all the screws and bolts can be fully tightened.

General Maintenance Tips


Tip 1: If your furniture needs assembly - tighten the mounting screws periodically. Sometimes, loosened screws can accelerate wear.

Tip 2: If you are going to use your outdoor furniture during the winter in a cold or very humid environment, it is certainly worth using garden furniture covers that will help you prolong your life and above all will substantially reduce cleaning and maintenance. Always try to remove the cushions from the garden furniture and store them indoors.

Tip 3: We recommend that you use a soft-bristle plastic brush to clean some of the materials (never use a wire brush). Why not keep old toothbrushes? - They are the perfect size to enter hard-to-reach corners and cracks!

Rattan


Artificial Rattan furniture: Again, super simple - just clean the structure and rattan with soapy water and a cloth and rinse. Regular cleaning will help maintain its appearance. The corners and small areas of difficult access can be cleaned gently with a soft plastic bristle brush.

Natural rattan furniture: This type of furniture can be cleaned with soapy water and a cloth, but make sure the cloth is only wet, never soaked. A damp cloth adds too much water - it will be absorbed, causing the rattan to corrode. For this reason, it is also worth covering or storing the furniture indoors at the end of the summer season.

If the furniture frame is made of aluminum, some lubricating oil can be used to maintain the surface - for best results, apply at the beginning and at the end of each season. When it is cold and wet, storing the hollow aluminum furniture upside down could cause the water to freeze in the frame, which can lead to damage. It is recommended to keep the furniture in its normal position so that the water evacuates correctly.

Teak


When exposed to the sun, you may notice that the teak turns a silvery gray color, however, this is completely natural and the physical integrity of the wood is not altered. When necessary, the wood can be cleaned using a soft plastic bristle brush and soapy water. For the strongest stains, very light sand. This reveals the color of natural teak, but it won't be long before its silver-tone returns.

If you want to bring back the natural color of the wood, wash the furniture with soapy water, let it dry, sand lightly and then apply a clear oil. You can use any linseed oil or teak sealer oil, which is available at most hardware stores.

Teak is a beautiful and very resistant material with natural oils that prevent wood rot, so there is no need to treat it. However, if you want to maintain its natural color from the beginning you can treat it with a teak sealer when it is new. First dust the furniture with a damp cloth, let it dry and apply the sealant according to the instructions on the can. To maintain the color, repeat annually.

Hardwoods


Garden furniture made of hardwoods such as Keruing, eucalyptus, and acacia can be treated in the same way as teak, however, they do not have natural oils inside, so they can degrade over time.

To maintain and preserve this type of wood outdoors, simply sand and reapply oil every year. If you plan to leave your furniture outdoors during the fall and winter, why not take advantage of the good weather and spend some time doing this now so that your furniture is protected during the cold and wet months?

Aluminum


When necessary, simply clean with soapy water, rinse and let it air dry or wipe with a lint-free cloth. A soft-bristle plastic brush can also be used for difficult areas.

Store the furniture indoors during bad weather, or keep covered.

Plastic


Very simple - soapy water, a cloth, and a soft brush are all you need!
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