Great products to help protect your wooden and metal garden furniture!

Hardwood furniture

Preservative protection and teak oil available from all the best DIY retailers, in a handy spray or in a bottle are available.

We would recommend applying this regularly maybe once or twice a season. This will keep your hardwood garden furniture looking great!

Softwood furniture

Garden furniture products made from softwood such as pine looks great, worth every penny and is another alternative if you do not fancy buying a piece of furniture made of hardwood. Also because the vast majority of furniture made from soft wood is sold untreated, you have the advantage of being able to finish how you want it. Unfortunately unlike hardwoods, softwood furniture does not withstand the good old British weather like hard woods do so you must make sure that your furniture is protected with a garden furniture cover and is treated against rot, decay and moisture damage.

We would recommend again using a preservative protection and teak oil. This will colour and protect untreated softwood. This is perfect to protect your furniture, keeping it looking great all year round! It is perfect if you have just purchased a brand new and untreated garden furniture set. Remember that once you have painted and protected your garden furniture, give it that bit extra protection with a furniture cover.

Aluminium furniture

One great reason to choose a garden furniture set made out of aluminium as it does not rust does not rust. We would still recommend covering it with a garden furniture cover to give it some protection and also to keep it clean. Another great thing about aluminium is that it is also very light! So it makes it easier to move it around and to store it, because it is so light weight it could be stored in a garage roof space.

Metal steel furniture

Exposed metal surfaces will eventually rust over time. Make sure that the paint has not flaked and is not peeling. You can refresh the look of your garden furniture, as it will fade over time with car polish or wax. You can protect your metal furniture with garden furniture covers to keep your furniture clean in the winter months. You must check your metal furniture carefully for flakes and cracks. If you have an area of heavily corroded of oxidized it will require some form of treatment to repair the bare metal surface. Basically the same method in which you take to care for your car applies for metal garden furniture. Make sure you use some fine car polish with a smooth cloth, and then once polished make sure the area is repainted or metal lacquer is applied. Don not use anything rough to apply the polish as it will leave fine scratches. Treat any little chips in the paint with paint or lacquer and always use rust resistant primer will help keep the rust from spreading. Your local DIY store will have a good selection of paints and lacquers and cleaning products for metal. Salvation Army Pickup

Plastic furniture

To care of your plastic garden furniture such as chairs and tables the best thing we can suggest using is warm soapy water and a sponge or a cloth. If they are in use a lot over the summer months then try and clean them once or twice a month just to keep them looking fresh. Once clean cover them with garden furniture cover to enable them to look great all year round. Some people recommend using chemical such as bleach or other chemicals to clean off stubborn stains, that is fine. But make sure you are careful where you use the chemical as it can be harmful to the environment. Also if you do decide to use chemicals such as bleach to remove dirt and grime make sure you wear rubber gloves as it will cause irritation. Stubborn stains and mildew would require bleach, and since no amount of chemicals like chlorine would harm the material, then your plastic chairs would be just fine.

Tempered Glass Table Tops

Tempered glass table tops can be cleaned regularly using warm soapy water or any glass cleaning product. Check for cracks before covering them with a garden furniture cover and before use or after have been in storage for a considerable time. The last thing you want to happen is for your table top to collapse, or break. You can of course protect your tempered glass top using garden furniture covers.

 

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