From the Right Cleaning Products to Outdoor Furniture Covers, Make Your Patio Set Last
What’s the best feature, in your opinion, of your cast aluminum outdoor furniture? You can have a second to think about it. Some of you may answer that you love its timeless look. Others will likely go for how sturdy and versatile it is. Others still will cite its longevity—a good set could last you well until your kids are adults with families of their own. For us, hands down, what we love most about cast aluminum is how low-maintenance it is; we know some of you certainly agree. It’s easy to take care of, as long as you keep on top of it. Here’s how:
Low-Maintenance ≠ No Maintenance
Just because your aluminum patio set is easy to take care doesn’t mean you can just let it slide. You should still take care of it often—what’s different is how easy it is. Because it doesn’t rust, your cast aluminum outdoor furniture can stand up to a little rain now and again. However, allowing any dirt or grime to build up on the surface can corrode and scratch it, damaging the furniture. Take a gentle cleaning solution or a mild soap, mix it with warm water, and wipe down your patio furniture, making sure to get into all the little nooks and crannies where dirt likes to hide. Don’t use any abrasive solutions, like bleach, or anything with the WHMIS symbol for corrosiveness on it, as these materials will do more harm than help for your furniture. Calcium buildup can be tackled with white vinegar diluted in water—just make sure to do a test application to ensure it won’t discolour the aluminum.
Prevention is the Best Protection
Did you make sure to buy outdoor furniture covers? These can make a serious difference in how long your patio set lasts. Most furniture outlets carry protective covers for outdoor furniture, and they are always a smart investment. Put these covers on before storms whenever possible, and be sure to use them if you plan to be away from home for an extended period of time, such as a vacation or holiday.
You should also make sure that you have room in your garage, shed, or other storage area for your patio furniture. Stow it away in the winter time—it may not rust, but the cold and snow can damage the metal, and shave years off its lifespan. You can even throw on the outdoor furniture covers while in storage to keep them from getting dusty or grimy over the winter.
Follow these steps, and you’ll get to enjoy your cast aluminum outdoor furniture for many years to come!