Aluminum Furniture Care
Cleaning Aluminum Patio Furniture
To get the most out of your aluminum patio furniture, you should occasionally clean it with mild soap and water. Once the frame is clean, you should thoroughly rinse and dry your patio furniture with a clean cloth. Do not use any abrasive materials, cleansers or bleach products as these may damage the finish. You should avoid allowing dirt to build up on the metal frames, as this may cause it to become more difficult to remove over time.
If you notice calcium build-up on your aluminum patio furniture, you can try using a solution of 10% white distilled vinegar to 90% water to help remove it. Before you apply your solution, you should always test it on an inconspicuous area of the frame before applying to ensure it doesn’t discolor the finish.
If your aluminum patio furniture has a shiny or glossy, non-textured finish, you may also use a fine automotive wax to maintain it. This will help in reducing the amount of dirt and debris that accumulates on the frame finish. For furniture with textured surfaces or finishes, you can periodically apply mineral oil or baby oil to prevent dirt build-up and restore the luster.
If your aluminum patio furniture has vinyl straps, you can keep these in excellent condition by regularly cleaning with a solution of mild soap and water. Commercial vinyl care products may also be used.
Preventative Maintenance For Aluminum Furniture
Periodically, you should inspect your aluminum patio furniture for any scratches or chips in the finish. 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 typically available through your retail dealer or furniture manufacturer.
To keep your aluminum patio furniture looking its best, you may want to use protective furniture covers when not in use for an extended period of time.