I like to publish this article from time to time. We have published numerous posts in the past that into the care and maintenance of cast aluminium or rattan garden furniture, nevertheless, as with any blog these posts take down the page as we publish new material making it a little harder to search for.
Although, they are ranked and appear in Google searches, etc., but it is good to reconsider important topics. To make the things pertinent, we can add a new tip that can be extracted, or talk about the new cleaning products that we found etc.
The care and maintenance of outdoor furniture are very significant. Our furniture is an investment you want to see last for many summer to come, not replacing it after a few years. And believe me, it will last. With a little regular TLC, cast aluminium garden furniture could have a lifespan of fifteen, maybe twenty years or more. It is built to resist nature nothing can throw, and washing from time to time with a little washing liquid and warm water, followed by a thorough rinse and dry with a soft towel is all that is necessary. Maybe a bit of car wax, but we will come back later in the post
Keep your cast aluminium garden furniture looking as best as the first day you purchase it
The main method of keeping our case aluminium fused garden furniture like a brand new is really common sense, but you’d be amazed the number of times customer have made mistakes in the past. Metal garden furniture is planned to be outdoor, but everything that is exposed to Mother Nature, is susceptible to elements, bird droppings, accumulation of dirt in general, etc. So the protection is the key. Unlike wood, for example, you cannot simply sand and re-paint, but you should not do it. The aluminium casting will not rust or rot, end cover will provide all needs for cast aluminium protection, and no oxidation. It is designed to be outdoor in all weather conditions; however, some simple steps will make it look like new for many years to come.
We have already mentioned keeping it clean by washing it with hot water and soap. It is simply to avoid abrasive sponges / brushes or hazardous chemical cleaners etc. Treat your furniture exactly the way you would treat your car. In fact, I regularly use a car cleaning kit to clean my furniture. The car shampoo is impeccable, a suede is a great way to help dry while light (and I must insist that you need a very small amount on a dry cloth) a good car shield / Polish wax is ideal to add a little more protection and restore the brightness of our furniture.
Be sure to keep an eye on the stones bumps in the paint of our furniture. This can be the beginning of the most serious problems. They appear more frequently on the legs of chairs and tables, when pulled through the stone courtyards.
Easy to repair, all you need is our paint retouching, and the following video provides a step by step guide to tackle this simple task. So it is easy to do, but very important you do when you see a chip. If you need a touch-up kit, please contact us.
As our furniture has a slightly structured finish, an alternative to car wax, which may be a bit difficult to apply on some of the rooms, it is possible to periodically apply some oil to the surface after cleaning. As well as waxing the car, it will prevent dirt from accumulating faster and restore the lustre. I find it a little easier to apply and shine up than the car wax.
Car shampoo that has a wax element in it, is also good for use. This will also help make the furniture zero of moisture and dirt, and give it a nice shine. Just keep in mind with baby oil, you can make the surface greasier if you use too much, so be careful. If you are not satisfied with the result, then you can wash it with warm water and soap.
It should also be noted here that the level of care required always depends on the condition of the furniture. What I’m talking about here is a proactive plan for newly purchased parts. If you have neglected your outdoor furniture for one or two seasons and you need a deeper cleaning then you may need to invest in some specialty products. If you always use it on the odd day of sunshine, you seem to get it, then it might be best to leave it for a few months and do this after summer. However, a quick option to get all the dirt removed is the removal of the engine. Always use the least power and try it on the bottom of a seat that to test. I would not use a washing machine on my set, but some people do.
If the accumulation of dirt, etc., is not so bad, then you can try to wash it with soap and water, to which you can add a little vinegar or lemon juice. This can aid to cut through the dirt without damaging the finish. Most of the water is slightly alkaline anyway, so anything you do, do not add TSP, ammonia or any cleaning soda / crystal which can actually damage the surface of the furniture.
To make your cast aluminum furniture be at its best, you can store or cover your furniture when not in use for an extended period of time. This is really the best way to keep your outdoor furniture like brand new. To be honest, I picked up a cover from Amazon and spent more time on furniture at that time. Summer 2016 has been so pretty pants so far. But all the jokes aside, when I’m not using my set, I pull the lid to keep the bird poo etc. outside. The Tarp style cover was only 20 pounds or more, so it is money well spent. That means I have to clean it up when I want to use it. I can remove the lid and set the table for a family barbecue. Indeed, my set is about 2 years old, but does not have space in the garage for you, so it sits outside in the garden all year round with only a protective cover. I only cleaned it once in all this time, and to be honest without cleaning it was more just to get off the cobwebs. I just give it a quick wash with a little soapy water as we clean the rest of the yard!
January is a great month to let your creative inspiration run riot and come up with a radical overhaul of the garden. Here are the major considerations to tick off before you embark on the construction of a new patio.
You usually find the terrace right next to a property. However, it is not always sensible to have it adjoining the home. I have lived in houses where the outdoor dining area was adjacent to the west wall of the cottage on an exposed site. This meant that there was no protection from the elements and we were not able to enjoy sitting outside on any day when there was a strong breeze. In the height of summer, the lack of shelter turned the patio into an oven to be avoided on very hot days. For most of us, locating the dining area somewhere sheltered could well be the most useful option, where you might enjoy some drinks with friends of an evening.
This leads me onto point to – if the perfect site is a trek away from the kitchen, there’s a good chance that you simply won’t go there as often as you might. Consider the access – you are going to need to be able to reach it effortlessly with a tray of glasses or some coffee mugs. If you are a super-entertainer, making it easy to reach from indoors will be paramount. Unless you are in the realms of those who plan to invest in an outdoor kitchen – but that’s another league, and you’d be unlikely to be reading this blog…
Having earmarked a good position, the next thing on the list is the outline – what shape and size will it be? Start with a list of what you are going to use it for, and what furniture will be on it, and then design around that. Garden furniture websites usually have details of what dimensions suit a certain set. As a rule, circular sets work well on square plots, oval and rectangular may be better on a longer thinner site, and trendy corner sets are designed for the obvious. Will it be a mere table and chairs, or lounge set; will you need to incorporate a barbecue or some other gadget?
You also need to think about what materials you will use for this garden structure. The sharp edges or corners of patio can be softened with low walls or curved stone paving, or clever planting. The trick here is to reference the style of the overall garden if you want a harmonious result. A few planters will help marry this formal area into the larger landscape. This is the time to consider how the patio will be lit. The options for outdoor lighting are endless but ignore this vital element at your peril.
And the boring bit. Whenever you considering hard standing – whatever material you use, you must consider how the surface will drain. An effective drainage system will prevent build-up of algae. If you need plumbing advice for outdoor taps etc please try our plumbing category.
Wet and steamy conditions are ideal for fungal spores to grow and the shower cubicle is just the place where they grow, which is what mould on the tiles is. Why do they choose your shower tiles then, the answer is the grout that is used as a waterproof sealant to fill the cracks between individual tiles. This mixture of cement and sand and is what is needed as a very effective barrier against water seepage. Over time the waterproofing capability of the grout diminishes with constant exposure to moisture.
The way that this is treated will depend upon how long you mould has been forming, it can be removed from shower tile grout with both natural cleaners and traditional household bleach. In very severe cases it may be necessary to rake out the old grout and re-grout this with a new waterproof grouting mixture.
There are a number of proprietary spray cleaners that are very effective, but it is possible to clean the tiles using simple household products. The first thing to do is to clean the tiles thoroughly using hot water and a scrubbing brush, use the shower head to rinse off the mildew.
Now you should mix some baking soda, about half a cup to a bucket of water, baking soda won’t harm your plumbing or tile but it will dry our your hands, so make sure to wear gloves when scrubbing. Make a paste using some baking soda poured on to the shower tray and then dip your scrub brush into the baking soda/water mixture and scrub the tile grout completely, working the paste into the grout.
Allow this to remain on the affected grout for at least an hour, remember if it has been affected for a long time the mildew could be hard to remove. Rinse a small area to check how effective it has been and if necessary rinse all of it off and reapply more paste solution, it will not harm your grout to leave this solution on overnight.
If this does not seem to have worked effectively, you can soak some paper towels with white vinegar and place these wet cloths directly on the most stubborn mildew stains. Let the vinegar sit for 15 minutes and scrub the mildew spots. If the spots still prove stubborn, pour vinegar directly onto the mildew stains and scrub. Rinse and repeat until the mildew is removed. If all fails it is possible to try household bleach, this has been known to work well, but remember if you are using bleach in a spray bottle, ensure that the room is fully ventilated, allowing the bleach to work for no less than fifteen minutes.
It might seem like a silly question, but think about – how do you remove the lid on a push button toilet? There are no obvious screws and it doesn’t just lift off. You could do damage to yourself and the cistern by trying to force it up, so instead read this simple way to get it off quickly and easily.
You should first check a manufacturer’s guide if you’re unsure, but most push button cistern lids lift in one of two ways. First try gently pressing down the outer ring of the button and turning it anticlockwise in order to remove the button. If this doesn’t work, use the edge of a flat screwdriver to gently prise the button upwards. This should reveal one or more screws.
You now need to remove this screw. This will allow you to lift the chamber that surrounds the flushing button. If it is a little stiff, it can be prised off with a screwdriver as before. It is then very simple to lift the whole lid away from the cistern.
Replacing it is simply a matter of putting the lid back on, replacing the chamber and the screw, then finally the button and the ring surrounding it.
check manufacturers guide
press down on the outer ring of the seat button
remove screw and lift chamber
replace the chamber and put back crew, button and ring