Garden Furniture Care Guide
Great for relaxing in the garden or enjoying time with family, furniture is a must-have for any garden. However, it can be particularly hard to decide which kind to purchase.
If you are looking to update your garden or patio area with some new furniture, it's important to look into the different materials available and how to protect them throughout the year.
There are various types of garden furniture to choose from, and each requires a different level of care. This level of care will also be dependent on the climate you live in. From very low-maintenance materials, to those that need a little TLC throughout the year, our garden furniture care guide will provide you with all the information on garden furniture protection you need.
Synthetic Woven and Rattan Garden Furniture
Synthetic rattan furniture is a brilliant addition to any garden and is extremely low maintenance because it is specially made to face the outdoor elements. This means it can stay outside throughout the year, without the worry of it eroding. Most cushions provided with this type of furniture, although not entirely weather-proof, can withstand the odd shower.
Synthetic Rattan Garden Furniture Protection
Synthetic rattan furniture doesn’t require a lot of caring for. To clean, either hose down on a low pressure setting or wipe clean with a non-foaming cleaning fluid, as foaming cleansers can get trapped in the intertwined wicker. If the frame is made of a different material, you will need to care for this differently, for example, by using oils for wood and protecting paints for metal. During the colder, winter months, it is normal for synthetic rattan furniture to stiffen. This is nothing to worry about as it will become soft again once the weather begins to warm.
Natural Woven and Rattan Garden Furniture
Natural rattan furniture is a popular choice for both the garden and the conservatory as it looks fantastic. Unlike synthetic rattan, natural rattan is not as weather-proof and can be affected by sun exposure and moisture. To ensure longevity of your natural rattan furniture, it’s best to store away in a dry place during the winter months to prevent any water damage or mould.
Natural Rattan Garden Furniture Protection
Natural rattan furniture needs a little more care than synthetic because it is more delicate. To clean any dirt or dust in between the weave you can use a soft brush or toothbrush. Because natural rattan cannot withstand large amounts of moisture, it should be wiped be with a damp cloth. Using a water sealant will help the material better withstand the outdoor elements and make the furniture more durable, ensuring the rattan keeps it’s natural character as long as possible.
Wooden Garden Furniture
Wooden furniture is perfect for the garden as it is weather-resistant which means it’s able to withstand the often-unpredictable summer weather. There are various types of wooden outdoor furniture, but the most common variety is teak. Each type of wooden furniture naturally ages over time, which adds character and makes it unique. This means it is normal for wood to form cracks along the grain and change colour after being left outside.
Teak Garden Furniture Protection
To make sure you get the best out of your wooden garden furniture, it’s important to take care of it throughout the year. Hardwood furniture like teak can be scrubbed with warm soapy water or a hardwood cleaner to remove any built-up dirt. It can also be hosed down with a pressure washer. There are various ways to preserve wood and prevent it from looking worn. As hardwood ages and is exposed to the natural elements, most types will turn a silver colour. To keep this lovely natural colour, opt for a clear teak oil (or hardwood oil if you don’t have teak furniture). Alternatively, to add a new lease of life to your weathered teak furniture, choose a wood paint or stained oil which are available in various colours.
Metal Garden Furniture
Metal garden furniture is very hardwearing, which is perfect for withstanding various weather conditions. The most common types of metal outdoor furniture are aluminium and steel. These are both easy to care for, simply wipe clean with warm soapy water, using a gentle cloth.
Aluminium Garden Furniture Protection
The great thing about aluminium furniture is that it won’t rust. However, over time, the coating on aluminium furniture may change colour or peel. To prevent this happening, it’s best to put the furniture away during winter months to stop the outside elements damaging it. You can also preserve aluminium furniture by painting over the coating with a similar coloured metal paint.
Steel Garden Furniture Protection
The majority of steel garden furniture is finished using a powder coating which helps to protect the material from rust, peeling and erosion. If your steel furniture does begin to show signs of rust, this can be removed using steel wool and touched up with some metal protectant paint in a similar colour.