With the summer season slowly peeking out, it’s time to get ready for the season of fun and outdoor parties. Homeowners who are fond of holding parties on their own backyard should consider investing on high quality garden furniture. Metal is the best choice if you are looking for sturdy garden furniture that can last for a long period of time.
Since garden furniture is placed outside, being exposed to different environmental factors such as rain and sunlight can affect its condition. With the lack of routine cleaning and maintenance, rust can easily develop and this will ruin the natural beauty of your garden décor. The key to prevent furniture rusting is to address the problem immediately. Most garden furniture are already coated and pre-treated but this doesn’t guarantee a lifetime of protection. If rust starts to appear, perform sanding on the affected area in order to have a smooth finish then apply an anti-rust paint.
Of course proper care and maintenance is very important in order to keep the furniture in great condition. Here are some tips on how you can prevent rust buildup and make it last for a longer period of time:
- Always use mild soap in cleaning your patio furniture. Avoid soaps or cleaning solutions that contains harsh chemicals. Your best choice is mild soap and water or a mild dish washing liquid. Also, don’t forget to use a clean cloth or sponge when cleaning.
- Even though most of metal garden furniture is rust- free, being regularly exposed to the sun and rain can lead to oxidation which is one of the main causes of rusting. Protect them from the rain by using tarps as patio covers. Buy strong sheets of tarps that you can use in order to cover the tables and chairs on your backyard especially during the rainy season. If you have a large covered space you can also use it as temporary storage especially if you’ll be away from home. Remember that rain can greatly affect the condition of your garden furniture.
- Check out your local home and garden store and look for a wax that acts as a protective seal for outdoor furniture. Apply it all-over the tables and chairs to prevent oxidation and rusting.
These easy maintenance tips requires very little time and effort. Do it at least once a month in order to preserve the condition of your garden furniture and keep it looking clean, new and beautiful.
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