Clean, Clean, Clean
Just because your tables and chairs don't really look dirty does not mean that they are not in need of a good cleaning. You should set yourself a cleaning schedule and stick to it. This is the best way to avoid unexpected surprises. You have to remember that garden furniture tends to stay outdoors year round so it is very easy for dirt to amass there which can be very difficult to get off once it starts to accumulate. By giving everything the once over every couple of weeks, even if it only takes a short time, you will be protecting yourself against having to do a bigger, firefighting job in the future. This persistent cleaning regime only really applies to objects made of plastic or PVC and those with smooth, weather strong surfaces. Wood and other painted items are a whole different ballgame.
Oiled Wood Pieces
Oiled wood pieces of furniture need to be re-oiled every six months to keep them in optimum condition. The oil helps to prevent decay and fading, which can occur if exposed to harsh weather environments. Your local home and garden store will have many options from which to choose. Oiled wood furniture should also be cleaned once a year. Mix one tablespoon of bleach, five tablespoons of a gentle dishwashing liquid and a 3 litres of water, and softly rub the surface of your wood furniture with a soft bristle brush. Wash the solution from the furniture, and allow it to dry completely in the sun.
Keep Rust at Bay
There are not many more unsightly things than a beautiful piece of garden furniture covered in ugly brown rust. The best way to avoid this serious issue is for you to use paste wax on all metallic surfaces. This should be applied soon after purchasing your furniture and reapplied after all cleanings. It may be quite a chore but you will be thankful for having taken the time to do it when your most treasured piece of furniture keeps on looking sturdy and new for many a year.
By Alisha Webb. Alisha is a blogger, an interior designer of her own home and a fan of Kitstone.
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