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Keeping your furniture looking like new

Plastic Garden Furniture. Plastic furniture is a popular choice these days, mainly because of its low cost and durability. Like all other outdoor furnishings, you want to keep them out of freezing temperatures and harmful UV rays. Twice a year, you should clean them so they are ready for spring and summer. A mild detergent and water will work fine, then rinse your chairs off. After they have dried, apply a coat of car wax to the chairs to help keep them clean between maintenance cycles. If you have mold or mildew, use 1/2 cup of bleach in a gallon of water and let it sit for 10 minutes after you apply it. Then rinse the furniture off and apply the wax.

Wood Garden Furniture. Regularly wipe down the furniture as best you can with a damp cloth that has been dipped into a mixture of wood-friendly cleaner and water. If you see any major flaws, sand them down and refinish the wood, either with paint or a weatherproof lacquer or stain. If you have teak, use good teak oil that can be purchased at any marine supply store. Cedar garden furniture doesn’t require weatherproofing. It’s made to weather gracefully over time and some cracking is normal.

Metal Garden Furniture. Caring for your metal furniture depends largely on the type of metal. Regardless of the material, it’s a good idea to wipe your metal garden or patio furniture down with a damp cloth from time to time to remove surface dirt and contaminants. For deeper cleaning, you may want to use a cleaner designed specifically for the type of metal. There are numerous cleaners on the market just for chrome, steel, bronze, and aluminum.

With these simple care tips, you can keep your garden furniture looking like new and in good repair for years to come. Like your indoor furniture, these comfortable chairs, sofas, benches, and tables represent a sizable investment and you want to ensure that they are in good repair, well maintained and clean so that you can continue to enjoy your garden for many years to come.