Even plastic outdoor furniture doesn’t come cheap these days. So a little preventive maintenance is time well spent.
The longer dust and dirt sit on furniture, the more damage they’ll do. Clean your furniture at the beginning of the year and at least once more during the year.
Plastic resin This is pretty easy. Just mix up some dish detergent and warm water, dip in a sponge or cloth and wipe. If this doesn’t do the trick, try vinegar and water, a glass cleaner or a cleaner-polish. Rinse and dry.
Wood Stain or seal as necessary to prevent the wood from absorbing moisture and drying out, which can cause splits. Replace any rusting fasteners with galvanized, brass or stainless steel parts.
If your aluminum furniture looks dull, it may have become pitted. Frequent washings prevent this in new furniture, but if it’s already damaged, try this. Rub with fine steel wool soaked in paint thinner. When the metal is smooth, wash with a dish detergent solution, rinse and dry. Then, apply some car wax over the entire surface. Afterwards, give it another wash and wax every few months.
Cast iron furniture rusts when bare metal is exposed to oxygen and water. Touch up bare spots immediately with a rust resistant primer and paint. If you have a lot of rust already, you may want to check out a sandblasting service which will strip off the rust. Apply primer immediately after picking up your rejuvenated furniture. Then decide on your color. Dark green, black or white are popular.
Wicker can dry in the sun. To avoid this, soak it in water at least once a year, and keep it in the shade. Wash with mild detergent regularly, and use a furniture polish to protect it further.