victory furnitureOne of the great things about aluminum patio furniture is that they are generally easy to maintain. Aluminum is lightweight, durable, and is more resistant to rust and mold than other patio furniture materials.

That said, you still need to maintain your aluminum furniture to preserve the finish on the metal and to extend the life of your furniture as long as possible. The good news is that maintaining aluminum is an easy process and doesn’t require a lot of work on your part.

How to Clean Aluminum Furniture

The main thing you need to do to take care of your aluminum patio furniture is give it frequent, light cleanings. Dirt is the enemy of clean aluminum furniture and if corrosion happens it is usually a result of built-up dirt and grime. The simple solution is to prevent dirt from accumulating in the first place.

Before cleaning, take off all of the cushions and accessories from the aluminum furniture. Cushions also need cleaned to prevent mildew, but you might want to set aside a separate time for that. Right now we’re focused on the frame.

Take your garden hose and attach a spray nozzle so you can use the “rain” setting to spray off all of the dirt and debris that you can find. Don’t use a pressure washer or the strongest setting on your garden nozzle, as this can wear at the finish if you get carried away. We might be overly cautious here, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Once you’ve sprayed off all the debris, it’s time to actually clean the furniture. Make a bucket of soapy water using a mild dish detergent and warm water. Gently scrub each piece of furniture using a soft cloth or soft brush to remove anything that was remaining on the furniture. Don’t forget to clean underneath the furniture and in tight corners.

It’s possible that your furniture has picked up a scuff or two if it’s rubbed against other metal furniture, tools, shoes, or toys in the yard. Fortunately, scuffs like this can usually be removed easily.

To remove the scuffs and preserve the existing finish, use a non-abrasive cleaner such as Soft Scrub. Gently rub the cleaner on the scuff with a soft cloth and warm water. Repeat until the scuff is no longer there. Most of the time scuffs will come out on the first attempt, but some might take a few scrubs before they come out.

Once you’ve finished cleaning everything thoroughly, use your hose to rinse the furniture off. Be sure to check in joints and tight spaces to make sure no residue is left behind.

How to Protect Aluminum Furniture

The simplest thing you can do to protect your furniture is to cover them when you aren’t using them, especially during rain and snow. This will prevent the majority of debris from building up and from your aluminum getting scuffed.

Scratches on powder coated furniture can be filled in with touch-up paint or clear coat paint that you can get from a hardware store. It’s important that scratches don’t go untreated and that the raw aluminum doesn’t become exposed. This can lead to rust.

If you keep your furniture cleaned and protected it will last a lifetime. Patio furniture is an investment in your outdoor living space and caring for your furniture helps you protect that investment.