Simple to maintain, most garden furniture is treated to resist moisture as UV, and some rough woods are mocking the weather.
Resin: with hot water
In PVC or polyethylene, garden furniture is washed regularly with hot soapy water to remove dust and dirt. To avoid impurity encrustation and discoloration over time, apply a special wax for synthetic resin in early spring. At the end of the season, also perform a scrubbing clean with a specific product ("furniture maintenance" department in DIY stores).
The loom: with a damp cloth
The loom looks like woven rattan, while being very resistant to moisture and very strong. The fibers dipped in a bath of latex, oven dried and covered with an anticorrosive paint wipe with a damp cloth and ask nothing else.
Canvases: with soap
They cover the back, the seat or the entire seat. Exemplary outfit, rot-proof and tear-proof, these paintings need only a cleaning with soapy water to stay beautiful. Use a soft brush or sponge when attached to the structure, machine wash at 30 ° C when loosening. Avoid all solvents and abrasives to keep the surface intact.
Fragile attention: rattan, bamboo, wicker
Rattans are faded in the sun and can not withstand moisture, so keep them under an awning. It is washed in soapy water and dries outdoors in a place protected from the sun. The wicker requires maintenance with lukewarm water with vinegar or cold water and lemon juice. Bamboo needs to be coated with linseed oil. A soft cloth polish finishes the treatment.
Natural fibers: sponge
Most of the canvases are treated to keep their colors intact even while staying out all summer long. Their water-repellent surface also prevents water and dirt from getting stuck. On stains, immediately wipe a damp sponge, never rub with abrasive products. All removable fabrics are machine washed cold or at 30 ° C. Air drying is recommended and can be ironed on the uncoated side if necessary. At the end of the season, return them to a dry room.
The furniture in wrought iron, zinc, raw galvanized steel, powder coated steel or aluminum, also requires regular maintenance. All powder-coated furniture is washed with a soft sponge dipped in dishwashing liquid.
Raw galvanized steel resists rust and is also cleaned with soapy water with a rag, just like wrought iron treated with anticorrosion. In spring, coat them with a thin layer of metal cream. It cleans and shines as much as it protects.
To clean the untreated wrought iron, scrub with a wire brush, emery cloth and a soft cloth to finish.
Zinc wipes with a rag, the rain patina its surface leaving traces that make its charm.
Aluminum furniture rubs with a damp, slightly soaped cloth, or with specific products that do not damage the surface. Avoid abrasive sponges.
Wood loves oils
The wooden furniture is sheltered in winter, but not under a plastic cloth that almost always causes mold. They all clean with water and soap, with a soft sponge. Only the raw chestnut does not clean, it does not need it.
The teak skates over time. The French have trouble accepting that their furniture turns gray. If you want to keep its original color, coat it with teak oil once a year or pass it to the exotic wood saturator. He will also be protected. To renovate, spend a sobering exotic wood.
The keruing must be coated with linseed oil twice a year, at the beginning and at the end of the season, to preserve its intact qualities. It can be sanded with fine sandpaper in case of stubborn stains and then oiled again.
Eucalyptus changes color over time. Protect it with an exotic wood oil twice a year.
European woods even treated in an autoclave will be better protected with a primer oil and then a natural stain or a non-greasy saturator.
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