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How To Care For Your Metal Lawn Furniture This Summer

Summer might not officially arrive for a few more weeks, but the warm weather has already arrived. Now that it has, you'll want to start enjoying your yard. You might have already set your lawn furniture out. If you have, you'll want to make sure it's well-taken care of this summer. Constant exposure to extreme heat and other environmental issues can really wreak havoc on your lawn furniture, even your metal garden furniture. If you have metal garden furniture in your yard, you'll need to take special care to keep them looking their best. Here are three steps you can take to make sure your metal garden furniture survives the summer.

Keep Your Metal Lawn Furniture Clean

Now that you have your garden furniture set up in your yard, you'll need to keep it clean. You don't have to perform any heavy-duty scrubbing, but you do need to spend some time each week giving it a light cleaning. Begin by hosing your furniture off with your garden hose. If you see a heavy accumulation of dirt, you'll need to use a garden sprayer and a sponge to get it clean. Fill your garden sprayer with water and add about a tablespoon of dish soap. Spray your furniture with the cleaning solution and wipe down with your sponge. Rinse your furniture with your garden hose and allow to air dry.

Cover Chips with Fresh Paint

Metal lawn furniture is pretty durable, but chips can still arise, especially when they're used on a regular basis. To make sure your furniture stays in good shape, you should cover the chips with paint as soon as possible. The best way to cover chips on your metal furniture is with paint that is specially designed for that purpose. However, if you don't have that available, you can use rust-resistant metal paint. Just be sure to cover the entire chip with paint.

Repair Rust Spots Quickly

Today's metal furniture usually won't rust. However, it is still important that you inspect your furniture for rust spots, especially in areas that have recently chipped. If you do discover rust on your furniture, you should repair the areas as quickly as possible. You'll need a sheet of fine-grit sandpaper and some of your protective paint. Begin by sanding the area with your fine-grit sandpaper. Wipe the area with a clean cloth to remove the sanding particles that were left behind, and then apply a layer of protective paint to the area. Repeat this process whenever you find rust.

For more information, contact a company like Prairie Road Iron Works.