There are many different types of materials available when choosing outdoor furniture. In my last blog I explained the versatility of Teak and how the finished look is dependent on how it is maintained. If Teak is not your style, framed metal furniture is another beautiful choice that will last for years when cared for properly, even if you live near the ocean.
Roger’s Gardens offers two primary choices in framed metal outdoor patio furniture in aluminum and wrought iron. If you are concerned with rust and prefer lighter weight furniture, aluminum would be your choice. Although aluminum will not rust, it can oxidize, especially with exposure to the salty coastal air. If you desire stronger framework wrought iron is another good choice. However, if it chips or scratches and the bare metal becomes exposed to the elements, it can rust. With the proper care, both will afford you years of enjoyment.
The most harmful element to both types of patio furniture metal is salty coastal air. One of the best ways to protect your furniture from the elements is to cover it on a daily basis when not in use. To remove the build up of salt and other pollutants, it is recommended to rinse it weekly and dry with a soft cloth. If necessary, a gentle cleanser may be used, such as dishwashing soap, but harsh abrasives should be avoided. For non-textured surfaces you may apply a coating of a high quality car wax or polishing compound once every 3 months.
There are also quality products designed specifically for outdoor furniture care that act as a protectants and sunscreen. The images above show when a product is used on a small table with the “before” on the right side and the “after” on the left side. Be sure to consult your manufacturer’s warranty for any special instructions or exclusions before starting any maintenance routine.
With wrought iron outdoor furniture, the risk of rust is highest when the powder coating has become chipped or scratched to the bare metal. This should be treated immediately by applying rubbing alcohol to the damaged spot, followed by a light sanding and an application of touch up paint from the manufacturer.
A few minutes of maintenance a week is all it takes to ensure a long life for your outdoor furniture.