Lawn care shouldn’t stop with your plants and flowers. Regular maintenance should include every aspect of your lawn including your patio furniture, fence, grills, handrails, and gates.
Lawn care and maintenance of your patio furniture
Contrary to what most people believe, lawn furniture made from metal are not that difficult to maintain.
- Clean your furniture at least twice a year. Combine liquid cleanser with warm water and use this to clean your lawn furniture. For hard to reach areas and stubborn dirt and grime, use an old toothbrush to easily scrub it off. You can opt to use a cloth to dry the furniture or let it air-dry.
- Be conscious in handling and moving your furniture. Keep in mind that even the slightest clunk between metal surfaces can result to chipping their top coat. If you want to move them to a different position, lift them up and avoid dragging them as this may scratch the areas that were dragged. As much as possible, avoid scratching your metal furniture because this quickly leads to rusting, which is difficult and costly to repair.
- If you live some place with stormy summers, brutal winters, or other extreme climates, bring your metal furniture inside to protect it from the harsh effects of bad weather. You may also want to store it in your cellar or attic for the entire duration of the winter season. If you do not have additional space in your storage room for your lawn furniture, opt to cover it with a blanket.
Quick fix for your metal lawn furniture
As soon as you notice signs of rusting even if it’s just a tiny area, you must quickly implement the necessary repair. Never postpone fixing any rust problems as these can quickly spread throughout other areas of your metal furniture as well as to other metals in your lawn.
To remove the rust, completely clean the area before sanding. Use fine-grit sandpaper to lightly sand the area. Notice that continuous sanding effectively removes the rust. Wipe off all lingering coarseness. Make sure the area is smooth and not a single trace of rust can be seen. Touch up the furniture’s paint. Make sure you use metal primer first and let it completely dry before applying paint for metal surfaces.
Metal furniture restoration
Even with consistent lawn care and maintenance, your metal furniture will still need revamping as the years pass by. The key to effective metal furniture restoration is preparation. First of all, you need to remove the furniture’s top coat and uncover the bare metal underneath. You can do this by using a wire brush or a wire pad attached to your power drill. Wipe the furniture clean using a damp cloth. If you want to hose the furniture off, make sure you let it completely dry before applying the metal primer and metal paint.
Learn more about lawn care and lawn furniture maintenance by calling Local Hardscape Pros and speaking with their representative.
Local Hardscape Pros
4717 Jenn Drive Suite 100K
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
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