Caring for Garden Furniture

2By caring for your garden furniture properly, you will not only keep it appealing but you will also considerably extend its durability. The amount and type of care required depend on several factors but above all, they depend on the material from which your furniture is made. We will therefore make an overview of garden furniture care according to the most popular materials.

Plastic

Plastic garden furniture does not require any special care other than occasional cleaning. It cannot get affected by mould, infested by insects or rot if exposed to moisture for prolonged periods of time, while spilled foods and liquids are simply wiped off with a damp cloth. But as many owners of plastic garden furniture observe, it is not as outdoor proof and care-free as it should be.

Unless you buy high quality plastic furniture that is resistant to UV light, you should not keep it exposed to direct sunlight for prolonged periods of time because it causes degradation and fading. Also, be sure to wipe off any spilled foods and liquids promptly because they can leave a stain no matter what the manufacturer claims.

Wood

Wood is probably the most desirable material for both indoor and outdoor furniture. It reflects a special sense of warmth and blends perfectly with the natural surroundings. Many people, however, avoid wooden garden furniture because wood cannot withstand exposure to the harsh outdoor conditions for long if it is not treated with protective coatings.

It is important to mention that there are many types of wood and that some such as teak for instance do not require much care other than routine cleaning. It does not need any protective coatings and can be left outdoors all year round regardless of the weather conditions. This is due to the fact that it is naturally resistant to the outdoor elements including rain, snow, heat and other weather extremes as well as mould and wood-eating insects. How to keep wooden garden furniture in top condition therefore depends greatly on the type of wood it is made from.

Metal

Metal is strong, durable, stylish and does not require any special care as long as it is protected with anti-corrosive coating. Caring for metal garden furniture should therefore include period inspections for signs of paint peeling off and prompt action unless it will begin to rust. But if your garden furniture is made from stainless steel, you do not need to worry about rust. Keep in mind, however, that it is not 100% stain-proof. So be sure to clean any spills as soon as possible.

Stone

Stone is probably the most convenient and the most durable of all materials that are used for garden furniture making. It virtually lasts forever and needs only occasional cleaning to keep it looking appealing. If your stone bench or table by chance gets affected by green algae, there is no reason to worry because they can simply be washed off with soapy water and a sponge.

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