Wrought iron patio furniture brings a timeless, romantic quality to patios, decks, and porches. If cared for properly, it can last an indefinite number of years. If not properly cared for, though, wrought iron can chip, rust, and lose its original appeal. While wrought iron furniture doesn’t require a lot of special treatment, it does need to be cleaned and checked periodically to ensure that it stays in the same good condition as it was when you first acquired it.
How to Clean Wrought Iron
- Using a clean rag or sponge, wipe down your furniture with a mix of mild dish soap and warm water. This will ensure a gentle, but thorough, cleaning.
- If you encounter more stubborn dirt or minor rust, sand those areas lightly with a medium to fine grit sandpaper. Wipe clean, and touch up the area with the appropriate type of paint. If touch up paint did not come with your furniture when you purchased it, you can find touch up paint at your local hardware store.
How to Protect Wrought Iron
Just like any patio furniture, wrought iron should be properly protected when not in use. The best way to do this is by using patio furniture covers. Patio furniture covers protect wrought iron from damaging weather conditions and the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Covering your wrought iron furniture after each use or at the end of the season is completely up to you. Be prepared to spend more time cleaning and maintaining the furniture, though, if you decide to wait until fall or winter to cover it up.
Overall, maintaining wrought iron patio furniture is easy and requires very few supplies. It does, however, require periodic care to keep chipping and rusting at bay.