How do I look after my garden furniture set?
Rattan – using soapy water with a cloth and old toothbrush at least once a month will add to the lifespan of your furniture. If uncleaned, dust and debris can build up, ultimately leading to insect infestation and the build-up of bacteria. Vacuum the dust, and use the toothbrush and cloth to get between the crevices to keep your furniture looking pristine.
Metal – simply clean with a soapy cloth. Most metal furniture has a protective finish, although acidic substances, such as bird droppings, can penetrate weak spots so as soon as you spot them, wipe clean with a cloth.
Wood – to prevent your wooden garden furniture from drying up and cracking, apply wood oil two to three times throughout the spring and summer. Before treating with oil, clean the wood thoroughly with a stiff brush or high-pressure cleaner. Make sure it is completely dry before applying the oil.
Plastic – fill a bucket with a gallon of warm water, add 10-20 ml of washing up liquid and scrub with a cloth. Leave to dry in the open air. If the furniture still looks filthy, add half a cup of bleach to a gallon of water. Apply with a cloth and allow the solution to stay for two minutes before rinsing.