Most outdoor metal furniture is made to withstand the harsh weather outside. Regular cleaning is important to keep the surface free from dirt and debris. The patio furniture is exposed to sort of animals and weather elements that hide away the beauty and eventually make the furniture useable.
Cleaning metal furniture requires the application of your everyday cleaning detergents with water that can wipe away dirt and bird droppings. In certain instances applying grease and paint will provide additional protection from rust formation.
This blog post is meant to identify the material used to manufacture most outdoor metal furniture. Knowing the metal used to make your outdoor furniture will help you learn how to care for your furniture and allow you to enjoy your furniture for a long time.
Does metal patio furniture rust?
Most outdoor metal furniture exposed to the outdoor elements is susceptible to rust and decay.
Aluminium is well known for being rust-proof. The lightweight natural is suitable for making outdoor metal tables and chairs. Most aluminum furniture is made from hollow and cast aluminum.
Cast aluminum is the heavier option than lightweight hollow aluminum manufactured furniture. The hollow lightweight aluminum furniture is easier to relocate and move indoors when the winter snow sets in.
The lightweight nature of aluminum furniture can be blown and tossed around with hollowing winter winds and storms. The furniture needs to be secured firmly to prevent the furniture from being damaged when left out on your patio.
Aluminum is rust-proof and can be left outdoors in the winter. The ease of maintenance lets you focus more on caring for your garden plants and flowers. The aluminum material can easily be cleaned and repainted when it’s time to refresh the furniture.
Cast aluminum is cast with a powdered coating that allows for various colors. In the winter, storing the metal furniture indoors or covering it with a waterproof tarp is recommended. If the paint on the cast aluminum furniture is scratched, this will expose the powdered coating allowing for the penetration of water that later leads to rusting.
Painted metal surfaces exposed to direct sunlight, harsh rain, and winters will slowly lose their shine. Unprotected metal surfaces are a good candidate for rust development. The condition needed for rust to develop is water and oxygen.
Can you leave metal patio furniture outside in the rain?
Light rain is not a detriment to your metal furniture. Outdoor metal furniture is usually manufactured to withstand light rain and windy days. Outdoor metal furniture cast in aluminum is lightweight and highly water-resistant.
Aluminum cast outdoor furniture is the best option when purchasing your next outdoor furniture. If you reside in areas that experience frequent rains, you must store your furniture in your garage or bring them indoors.
Placement of your furniture is also essential when leaving your metal furniture outside.
Adding an artificial shade like a gazebo will protect your furniture from rain on your furniture and limit the exposure to the sun on your metal surface.
How do you get the rust off outdoor metal furniture?
One of the simplest and cheapest ways of preventing rusting on the surface. The paint provides a protective barrier between the metal surface and the corrosive agents.
The paint barrier prevents the penetration of moisture to the metal surface. The surface needs to be prepped and primed before applying the paint. The paint is aesthetically pleasing and brings the art to life. Below are the options you can purchase to paint your metal art.
1. Oil-based paint: Oil-based paint is considered to be durable and highly resistant to moisture and humidity. Oil-based paint is also referred to as alkyd paint. The paint provides a glossy finish and is resistant to staining. The glossy finish makes the surface easy to clean.
The paint is typically used for high-traffic areas and surfaces. The paint adheres to metal longer compared to other paints. Moisture from rain and dew does not stick or penetrate the metal surface.
When applying the paint o the surface, the drying time typically takes 8 to 24 hours to completely dry.
2. Latex Paint: Latex is another option to use to paint your metal surface. However, compared to oil-based paint, latex has a higher chance of chipping. Before applying the paint, the surface needs to be primed to allow for proper paint adhesion.
Properly prepping the priming of the surface will go a long way in extending the lifetime of the paint on the surface. Ensure the surface is cleaned and remove any old paint and debris. Remove as much of the rust as you can from the surface.
You can apply rust-resistant primer before applying the latex paint. Typically, the latex takes 15 – 30 minutes to dry completely.
3. Spray paint: Spray paint can be both water and oil-based. The application of the paint is different from your regular paint. The application is easier and needs to be done in a well-ventilated room. I recommend spraying painting your metal furniture outside to prevent exposure to toxic fumes that can harm your respiratory system.
Another benefit of using spray paint is the ability to use it for hard-to-reach and irregularly shaped artwork.
Prime and prep the surface before applying the spray paint. This can be achieved by scrapping any excess or old paint from the surface and Sanding down the surface to the best of your ability to achieve a clean, dirt-free surface.
How do you Clean patio metal furniture?
Cleaning the surface of the metal furniture first requires the removal of any loose dirt, debris, mold, and mildew buildup from the surface. While cleaning, be gentle and thoroughly inspect the surface.
This is the opportunity to inspect your furniture for paint chipping and rusting. Use your garden hose to gently shower or mist the outdoor furniture with water. Avoid using power washers due to the strength and power of the stream of water that can damage your metal furniture.
How do you get rust out of outdoor metal furniture with vinegar?
To remove rust from outdoor metal furniture with vinegar, you will need the following items:
- White vinegar
- A scrub brush
- Baking soda (optional)
Here are the steps you should follow:
- Pour enough white vinegar into a spray bottle.
- Spray the white vinegar making sure they are fully covered.
- Ensure that the surface is thoroughly soaked and periodically spray the affected area. The longer you leave the vinegar, the easier it will be to remove the rust.
- After soaking, use a scrub brush to scrub away the rust. If the rust is stubborn, mix some baking soda with water to create a paste and apply it to the rust before scrubbing.
- Rinse the garden tools with water to remove any remaining vinegar and rust residue.
- Dry the metal surface with a towel and store them in a dry place.
The above tips will give you confidence in cleaning and protecting your outdoor metal furniture. The proper care for your furniture extends the life and beauty of your furniture, and you can enjoy them for a long time.