Cleaning Tips for Outdoor Furniture:
• Iron furniture should be cleaned only with a damp cloth or sponge and mild detergent. To prevent rusting, repair deep scratches on the lacquer as soon as possible. Abrade them gently and then apply commercial black matte lacquer with a brush to the damaged areas.
• Aluminium furniture parts can be easily cleaned using a mild detergent and a sponge. You can repair small scratches on the lacquer with a special lacquer pen.
• Polyester covers should be washed occasionally with a mild detergent and then rinsed clean. Stubborn stains can be removed by rubbing hard using a special vinyl cleaner that is available from drugstores. Avoid using acidic, caustic or coloured liquids.
• Teak outdoor furniture is best left untreated. Teak naturally develops a silver-grey patina after only a few months outdoors, which is a characteristic of the material and not an impairment. Light soiling can be removed with water and a brush. To remove heavier soiling and stains, scrub on a teak cleaner with a stiff brush and then rinse. If you want to restore the natural honey-brown colour of the wood, treat it with a teak protector, but only when the wood is completely clean and dry. One treatment each year is recommended.
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