Published at Thursday, November 02nd 2017. by Calantha in Outdoor.
The garden outdoor furniture that you own needs to be cared for just as the furniture inside your home. Your garden outdoor furniture care, if done the right way, will provide you comfortable seating for a long time. You want your outdoor furniture to continue to look as good as it was when you purchased it. Outdoor patio furniture is constructed of various types of materials. The first step in the proper care of your outdoor living furniture is a good cleaning regardless of its construction material. Dirt and leaves will always settle around and in your furniture so a good brushing with a soft bristle brush or broom will help get rid of the debris. A simple garden hose will wash away any residue. For stubborn dirt or stains use a sponge drenched with water and mild soap.
If your choice is wicker furniture for your outdoors, then Rattan vine is the usual material used in making some exotic wicker chairs and tables. The general features for outdoor wicker furniture includes - lightweight, comfortable, tight uniform weave with no splinters, distinctive look and use of some synthetic material like resin. If your choice is metallic furniture, then aluminum is your best friend for outdoor comforts. Good aluminum furniture will give out a unique look and is also extremely light weight being made of hollow aluminum tubes. Aluminum furniture come either in wrought aluminum or cast aluminum, and both are equally good. The general features for outdoor aluminum furniture includes - durability, rust-free, lightweight, weather-resistant, formal and easy to maintain.
Resin garden outdoor furniture is the easiest type of furniture to maintain. It is made to cope with the elements and a mild soap and water cleaning will work fine. Staining is a possibility of water is left standing on the tabletops or seats so drying off after the rain and wiping away wet leaves will help. In order for resin outdoor furniture to remain shiny use orange oil or auto polish. So you see a simple cleaning and following the special care maintenance supplied by the manufacturer of the garden outdoor furniture will lengthen its life and give you years of outdoor enjoyment. Sometimes an even better solution would be to cover your furniture or store it away during the off season. This helps to protect it and make it last longer.
You can leave teak outdoor furniture outdoors, with no care. As it ages, the wood will mellow to a beautiful silver-gray color. It is very easy to clean using a mild soap and a soft bristle brush to lightly scrub and rinse with clear water. Teak wood outdoor furniture should last a lifetime if built properly in the first place. Top grade teak outdoor furniture lumber is kiln dried, epoxy resins are used for lasting strength, and any metal parts used to hold the furniture together are constructed of either stainless steel or solid brass, which will not corrode when left outside. Top furniture grade teak, used for furniture contains high natural oil content that will resist warping and rot, ensuring that it will last more than a lifetime.
Plastic furniture is also gaining grounds these days more due to its cost-effectiveness than good looks. Do not forget to keep the budget on outdoor furniture under check. Generally, your outdoors should not look overcrowded with furniture stuffed in every nook and corner. Few but unique furniture items on the outdoors is the ideal approach. Never go by the beauty of the furniture article. Your requirements always come first. So, its always handy to have your requirements in mind before you set foot to buy outdoor furniture. Maintenance of outdoor furniture is another yardstick that should be given due regard. Wood and aluminum furniture comes on top for the maintenance criterion. A good polish or varnish can easily prolong the life of outdoor furniture.
This is also the type of furniture that can be left outside all year round. The combination of steel and rattan furniture is also popular because they are long lasting but they need regular maintenance. Although they can easily be washed with soap and water, it causes the paintwork to get damaged, chipped and nicked and will cause rust to set in if not repaired at once. They are more expensive than plastic but if they are properly maintained they last very long. Rattan and wood outdoor furniture is among the most popular choices for outdoor furnishings worldwide because of its natural looks and versatility that are perfect for most homes, resorts and spas. Solid wood exudes warmth and a very homey feel. Teak and mahogany are the most used hardwoods for outdoor furnishings because they are very durable and last up to twenty five years with proper maintenance.