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It’s that time of year again when better weather is approaching, and the use of outdoor living spaces is about to become more common.

Maintaining and cleaning outdoor garden furniture is important following the winter months to keep your outdoor space looking great. Whether you have a patio set, lounger, firepit set, or picnic table, keeping it clean and in good condition is essential to maintaining your outdoor space.

Here are some tips on cleaning and maintaining different types of garden furniture.

Wooden Furniture (inc teak, oak & pine)

Wooden furniture is a classic choice for outdoor seating and dining. To clean wooden furniture, use a mild detergent and water, and rinse with a garden hose. For tougher stains, use a pressure washer. Be sure to seal the wood yearly with an appropriate oil or varnish to protect it from weather damage.

Metal Furniture

Metal furniture, such as cast aluminium, also is a popular choice for outdoor seating due to its durability and strength. To clean metal furniture, use a mild detergent and water, then rinse with a warm soap & cloth and then rinse with a garden hose and wipe down and leave to dry naturally.

Plastic Furniture

Plastic furniture is also a great budget option for outdoor seating because it’s lightweight and easy to clean. To clean plastic furniture, use a mild detergent and warm water, then rinse with a garden hose.

Rattan Furniture

Rattan furniture is possibly the most popular choice currently in the UK due to its lightweight construction and extreme durability. To clean rattan furniture, use a mild detergent and water, then rinse with a garden hose or jet wash on a low setting so as not to damage the products.

Cushions and Fabrics

Most scatter cushions and fabrics should be cleaned with a warm damp cloth. In some cases, it is possible to machine wash them (please read the label), however, it is important only to put them on a 30°C wash and put them back on the foam inserts when they are still damp to avoid shrinkage.

Glass Tops & Table Stands

Care should be taken with any glass surfaces, if this is to be removed, ensure that this is undertaken when fully dry (to avoid slips) and placed in a location on a stable surface to avoid any damage. The glass can be initially cleaned with a warm soapy cloth to remove any dirt and wiped dry. Please ensure that care is taken when moving or replacing the glass and that it is fully dry to avoid damage.

Repairing Garden Furniture

Annual checks should be performed on garden furniture to ensure all fixings are secure and stable before seasonal use.
Over time, garden furniture can become worn and scratched due to exposure to the elements and regular use. Minor scratches and scuffs may be repaired with polish, while more serious damage may require more advanced repair techniques. Please don’t hesitate to refer back to your suppliers for any additional advice or assistance.

Storing Garden Furniture

If the garden furniture is not used for long periods, it should be stored in a dry and sheltered area. Make sure to cover the furniture with a waterproof furniture cover designed for the set or use a breathable material such as canvas to avoid trapping moisture.
If the furniture is made from wood, ensure that its placed it in a place where it will not be exposed to direct sunlight which can result in bleaching.

By following these steps, you can help to keep your garden furniture looking its best and ensure annual longevity. With proper care and maintenance, you and your loved ones can enjoy your outdoor living space for many years.