OUTDOOR FURNITURE CARE AND CLEANING
- Use a solutions of mild soap and water with a soft cloth such as a microfibre cloth. Make sure all excess soap is rinsed off.
- Avoid abrasive soaps and chemical containing bleach as this can damage the finish.
- Powder coated aluminium should be cleaned every 2-3 months to remove dirt and grime and prevent mould growing.
- Outdoor furniture and planter boxes made from painted timber should painted at least 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.
- Just like your house weatherboards, your painted outdoor furniture will benefit and be protected by a lick of paint every year, especially if exposed to Australia's harsh climate. The new paint will not only make the furniture look fresh, it also re-protects the underlying wood.
- All woods are susceptible to rot and decay if left in damp, humid and shady areas for a extended periods of time. Wood that becomes saturated with rain water is more likely to warp and rot, so using waterproof protective covers when your furniture is not undercover will keep your wooden furniture in good shape. The bases of furniture legs are definitely the most susceptible when it comes to water damage. If wood furniture is kept on the grass, or on a surface that collects rain water, the legs can become saturated. Covering the bottoms of each furniture leg with rubberised material or small sections of cedar fencing material will help protect your furniture from rotting from the bottom up.