Days, literally, three to make official the summer through the door, but all of us already weeks doing life, or at least spending some hours, in summer plan. We have terrace or garden at home know the enormous luck that this supposed to enjoy this time of the year… but also know the work represented give the proper care and maintenance all parts of furniture and decoration that are part of our outdoor patio.
This week I happened to prepare a double article to see How to deal with the different materials that can compose our outdoor furniture. First thing you must know is as important as the implementation to initial and your care during the time you are exposed to the open air short term storage (protect them during times of the day that are not being used, especially in the hours of strong sunlight or rain) and, above all, treatment prior to save them at the end of the season.
According to franciscogardening, garden furniture are usually divided into four large groups: wood, metal, resin and fiber; In addition to the textile covers and awnings. In principle, all of them are designed to be resistant because they must withstand Sun, water, changes in temperature and weather in general, so that the cleaning base is as simple as rinsing with water and neutral SOAP. However, they all have specific characteristics that we can apply little tricks that guarantee better conservation and, therefore, longer duration.
In this article, I will talk about the first two cases:
What is the material more accustomed to be in permanent contact with the outdoors? As at the moment we usually do not use furniture made of MOSS, we respond quickly it is wood. Despite their excellent conservation capacity, you need some care.
First, remove the dust with a cloth. You can also clean it with some water, but it is important to dry it thoroughly because otherwise the wood can absorb excessive moisture and crack or bulge is. Where you find spots that are not removed with water, passing a small soft sandpaper (carefully!) will be the solution.
To prevent this furniture discolored by prolonged exposure to the Sun, should be covered with a specific varnish that serve as a protective layer and at the same time gives a nice shine. If you prefer to use a more natural method for this coverage, there are vegetable oils, such as linseed or teak oil, which act the same way on the wooden parts: wipe with a cotton ball soaked in this liquid a couple of times a year not only to recover the original material color, but which will also protect it against insects and fungi.
For this reason, the exotic woods like teak have longer and are highly recommended for exterior, as its surface is coated by a layer of natural resin that delays much wear, therefore only water with a quick brushing in localized spots will be ready.
In the case of metals, we will try to separate two of the most commonly used in this type of furniture: wrought iron and aluminum.
On the one hand, the furniture of wrought iron have a great clear adversary: the oxide. A coat of antirust varnish and proper maintenance of the paint is essential, scraping and returning to paint when it deteriorates, or at least biennially. It is always better to prevent than to repair, so it should always be this process of care before storing furniture until the following season. A trick of nature to clean the rust is preparing a mixture of cooking oil and naphtha, and leave about 60 minutes. In case of using other solutions such as paraffin, you must apply with a sponge of fine wire and focus on the nooks and crannies. For small parts and removable, such as nuts or screws, we landed to the remedy of removing them and let them soak for one whole day at cola drink.
Following with iron, in spite of not being a complete piece, many furniture like lounge chairs and folding chairs can have hinges or metal joints which are also exposed to corrosion by moisture and disuse. In this case, spread with a little petroleum jelly will keep them clean and in form. No squeaks or snags!
As for aluminum, it is a material on the rise in the choice of outdoor sets, since it is very resistant and, unlike iron, at the same time very light. Mild soap dissolved in water will be enough to put together this type of metal. Rinse and dry it is as important as avoid abrasive products that can fully charge these parts.
Tomorrow we continue with other materials! Thanks for reading so far.