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How Businesses Can Maintain Outdoor Furniture to Prevent from Degrading?

Many businesses, such as hotels, keep outdoor furniture to provide entertainment, dining options, and relaxation to their customers.

If your business has outdoor furniture, you have to maintain them properly. And failing to do so can result in a negative impact on your business.

Outdoor furniture is prone to the onslaughts of weather, frequent use, and stains which can take a toll on them. Suppose, the furniture gets dirty, then will your customers like to sit on them? The answer is in the negative. And, in that case, they are most likely to go somewhere else. As a result, you will lose revenues, and that is something no businessman likes.

As such, you have to maintain your outdoor furniture properly to not only attract and retain customers but also prolong the lifespan of the furniture.

Routine cleaning is one of the best methods of maintaining the furniture.

So, let us walk through the effective cleaning and maintaining methodologies for outdoor furniture of different materials:


Wooden Furniture

Wooden furniture is popular outdoor furniture among many businesses that comprise outdoor dining tables, chairs, etc. The popularity is primarily due to the aesthetic appeal and durability of the wood material. However, the furniture is likely to get damaged gradually if you fail to take adequate care.

But, there is no reason to worry as there are effective ways out. The following ways can help to prevent your wooden outdoor furniture from getting damaged:

  • Clean the debris regularly. Wash spills, and bird droppings using a gentle cloth or brush soaked with water and a non-detergent soap. The cloth or brush will help to avoid scratches.
  • Remove old polish layers by rubbing them with tea bags soaked in boiling water or a cloth soaked in boiling tea water. It will help to keep the furniture shiny.
  • Rub non-gel toothpaste on strains, and then wipe the toothpaste with a damp cloth. It will help remove the strains.
  • Mix equal quantities of baking soda and water, forming a paste, and rub it on ink stains to remove them.
  • Cover the furniture when not in use to prevent continuous exposure to sunlight that can fade the colour. Store the furniture inside, if possible, when not in use.

Plastic and Poly Lumber Furniture

Plastic and poly lumber outdoor furniture are lightweight and affordable. The furniture does not require much maintenance and also can withstand the weather’s wraths.

Even then, you need to maintain them properly to keep them looking the best. And, if the furniture is of white or light colour, you cannot escape cleaning the furniture regularly to prevent a dirty look.

It will help if you do the following:

  • Mix a small quantity of bleaching powder in a large bucket of hot water, and rub the mixture with a scrub brush to remove dirt, scuffs or stains.
  • Mix vinegar, dish soap or laundry detergent with water, and rub the mixture with a brush to remove tougher stains.

Metal Furniture

Metal furniture is preferable for outdoor furnishing due to its durability. As such, many businesses put furniture made of steel, cast aluminium and wrought iron outdoors.

Despite their durability, the finishes on metal furniture will degrade over time due to exposure to sunlight and rough weather conditions. Moreover, the furniture will accumulate dirt over time.

Therefore, you should not fail to clean them regularly with the following effective methods:

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  • Rub dust or debris with a soft cloth soaked in soapy water.
  • Remove any bird droppings from the furniture with a soft cloth soaked in soapy water. Do not allow such dropping to stick to the furniture for long as the acidity of the droppings will react with the metal to degrade it.

If you notice the paint on the furniture starting to go off, re-paint as soon as possible. Or else, the underlying metal will begin to rust, if left for too long.

Ensure that you examine your metal outdoor furniture thoroughly for rust and other wear at the start of the season. For example, wrought iron is susceptible to rust when gets exposed to water. So, rub the rust, if you notice, with sandpaper. After that, paint the furniture to prevent the metal from getting exposed to water.

Wicker Furniture

Wicker is a favourite material for outdoor furniture for many businesses. Furniture made of wicker is light in weight and durable apart from imparting an airy and summertime feeling.

Again, you need to clean them regularly to maintain a good look. And, here are the effective cleaning methods:

  • Rub the furniture with a soft cloth, microfiber duster or feather duster to remove dust or debris.
  • Clean the between of crevasses with a soft-bristled paintbrush
  • Mix vinegar and water in small quantities and rub mould and mildew with a soft cloth soaked in the mixture.

Teak Wood Furniture

Teak wood is another favourite material for outdoor furniture. You will see many businesses using teak wood furniture outdoors that adds warmth and visual appeal to the visitors.

But, the furniture loses colour, gets strained and becomes dirty if you leave them exposed to the outside atmosphere without cleaning regularly.

However, there is also an interesting phenomenon worth pointing out. If teak wood furniture gets exposed to the sun for long, they develop a grey-silver patina, preferable for many people.

You need to clean the furniture to prevent damages while maintaining a good look. And, here are how to clean them:

  • Mix one cup of bleaching powder with one cup of laundry detergent and put the mixture in one gallon of warm water. Alternately, mix one cup of vinegar with one gallon of warm water.
  • Rub the mixture with a soft plastic brush on the wood.
  • Allow the mixture to remain on the wood for around one minute, and then rinse with clean water.

In addition, you should take adequate care to preserve the original teak colour. And to do so, applying a teak protecting material will help.

Again, if you notice any patina developing on the teak material, you can restore the original colour with some products, if you wish. But, it is a challenging process.

Moreover, the advantage of teak wood furniture is that there is no need to store them inside when the season changes. What you can do is, cover them with a light and breathable material. Also, ensure that you avoid keeping them in hotter environments that can dry the teak wood to crack it.

The Final Say

Keeping outdoor furniture involves a substantial investment, and plays a substantial role in appealing customers to your business premise apart from providing convenience to them. Therefore, you should maintain the furniture properly to keep them clean while prolonging its lifespan.

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