Wrought Iron Furniture Care & Maintenance
Cleaning Wrought Iron Patio Furniture
Wrought iron patio furniture frames should be kept as clean as possible. Do not let dirt or debris build up on the metal frames, as this may cause it to become more difficult to remove over time. Occasional cleaning with a mild soap and water, followed by a thorough drying with a towel is typically all that is required.
If you notice calcium build-up on your wrought iron furniture, you can try using a solution of 1 part white distilled vinegar and 9 part water to help remove it. Before you apply your solution, you should always test the solution on an inconspicuous area of the frame before applying to ensure it doesn’t discolor the finish.
If your wrought iron furniture has a shiny or glossy, non-textured finish, you may also use a fine automotive wax to help maintain it. This will usually help in reducing the amount of dirt and debris that accumulates on the frame finish.
Preventative Maintenance For Wrought Iron Outdoor Furniture
Periodically, you should inspect your wrought iron furniture for any scratches, chips in the finish or occasional rust seepage from crevices or hidden, unfinished surfaces inherent in some ornate designs. If you should find any areas where the bare metal is exposed, you should contact your furniture manufacturer or retailer for information about how to repair it. Depending on the size of the area, you may be able to use touch-up paint to correct the problem. Touch-up paint in matching frame colors is usually available through your retail dealer or furniture manufacturer.
Additionally, you should never leave wrought iron furniture standing in water. Leaving wrought iron furniture in standing water will increase the risk of rust and corrosion.
To keep your furniture looking its best, you may wish to store or cover your furniture when not in use for an extended period of time.