The idea of cleaning resin art is considered irrelevant for new owners of resin art. Outdoor resin art can withstand harsh weather and conditions. If neglected for a long, resin art will deteriorate and lose color.
Deciding when to clean the resin art required considering several things. The appropriate time and state of the resin art should be considered when cleaning the resin art. For example, avoiding cleaning in sunny months sounds better than in cold months. The sunny weather will expedite the drying process and prevent exposure to frost in the colder months.
When is the best time to clean resin outdoor art?
Several factors must be considered before deciding when to clean your resin garden art. The current season determines whether to clean the resin art. Resin garden art can withstand both summer and winter months.
You can leave the statues and figurines made out of resin for an extended period without cleaning. However, when the time comes to clean the art piece, the best time to clean the outdoor art is when the sun is out. Ideal, the summer months are the best times to clean the art. The presence of the warm weather allows for the statue to breathe and dry much more quickly. Check out this blog post on protecting your resin art from harmful UV light.
Consider the delicate nature of the art.
Some resin art needs special care when cleaning them. The age of the resin art determines the amount of cleaning agent and focus required to clean the surfaces. Over time, resin art lost its structural strength and color.
Applying too much force in scrubbing an aged art piece will lead to damaging or even breaking the art. Proper care needs to be taken when cleaning off the dirt and debris. Applying non-toxic or harsh chemicals is recommended to avoid further deterioration of the art piece.
Sometimes, using a soft brush with water is needed to clean delicate resin art.
How do you remove mildew from resin?
Cleaning the surface of the resin art piece 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 art piece for any splitting or breaks you need to repair later. Moss is typically on the surface and can be removed easily by following the steps below.
Avoid using a harsh bristled brush when scrubbing the piece, as this will create small ridges or microcracks that will later result in a significant problem. Use a soft cloth or a sponge when cleaning the surface. You can use your hand to feel for cracks and remove debris on the surface.
Mix the water with dish soap before scrubbing the surface to ensure an even consistency. Be careful not to use harsh soap that can harm your concrete. Your standard dish soap is sufficient to get the job done.
Once the scrubbing is done, ensure the soap is sufficiently removed from the surface, and no bubbles are left. Have the piece dry in a warm place for at least 24 hours. The concrete needs to be set on a dry surface, not on a wet surface where water can wick through the concrete on the bottom, up into the piece.
Once completely dry, you can assess if it needs to be cleaned more, repainted, or resealed.
How to Clean Old Resin Art before Painting.
In certain instances, your resin art may need to have a new paint job. Over time the old paint may need to be retouched or entirely replaced to restore the art piece to its original beauty.
Here are the steps to follow to remove old paint from your concrete art piece:
Use a coarse brush (Not coarse enough to scratch up your piece) to remove any loose bits of dirt or paint. You want the bristles to bend about halfway when wet. If they don’t bend, it is too coarse. If they bend entirely flat, it is too soft.
Next, use a soft, dry cloth to help remove any stuck bits. Microfiber works amazingly well for this, but you can also use soft, disposable shop towels or an old washcloth or t-shirt.
You then want to use a paint remover (Preferably soy based) on any parts you wish to repaint/repair. Soy-based paint strippers are better at removing the paint while not compromising the concrete.
Make sure to slather it on; if you put it on too thinly, you must do this step again.
After the amount of time, your cleaner says to wait (Typically a few hours), use a throw-away rag to wipe down your piece.
Finally, wash your piece well with water, a gentle soap, and a soft rag.
The care of resin statues over time increases their longevity and beauty. Neglecting the resin art over time exposes the art to weathering and discoloration.
There is a tendency to forget your resin art from time to time. The statues and figurines can be covered by other plants, which can lead to the growth of mold and mildew on the surface.
The ideas provided above will be a step forward in ensuring that your resin art is considered an essential part of the garden as well as enhancing the beauty of your garden.