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How to Clean Wrought-iron Patio Furniture

by Randall Shattor

Wrought-iron table and chair

Things You Need:

  • Hose
  • Dish soap
  • Sponge

If you're looking for strong, low-maintenance pieces for your yard, why not buy wrought-iron patio furniture? Wrought iron is frequently used for fencing and outdoor furniture because of its superior strength and durability. With its weathered, ancient appearance, wrought-iron outdoor furniture can add a lot to your home decor. However, you may have a few questions about cleaning your wrought-iron patio furniture, especially when you've used it in your garden for awhile. Read on for tips on caring for your wrought-iron patio furniture.

Wrough-iron Patio Furniture Care:

  1. Prepare the outdoor furniture to be washed. Remove any pillows or cushions from your outdoor furniture and follow the manufacturer's recommendations for cleaning them. Move your wrought-iron patio furniture away from dirt, grass or plants and place it on a driveway or large patio. This will keep the hose from splashing mud onto your patio furniture as you clean it.

  2. Wash the furniture. Hose down your wrought-iron tables, stools and chairs and pour a quarter-size amount of liquid dish soap onto a sponge. Wipe wrought-iron furniture with the sponge, using a circular motion to scrub away all dirt and debris. Rinse the sponge frequently and add more dish soap as necessary if your outdoor patio furniture is particularly dirty. A handled scrub brush can also allow you to clean hard-to-reach areas on your wrought-iron tables and chairs.

  3. Rinse off the soap with the hose. Use the hose to rinse off all the soap and any remaining dirt. Allow your outdoor patio furniture to air-dry before returning it to the patio and placing the pillows and cushions back onto the furniture. If your wrought-iron garden furniture has been sitting outside for a long time, you may notice a few stained, rusted or chipped areas on it. Sand these spots with a piece of sandpaper and carefully paint your wrought-iron furniture so it looks new again.

Tips from

  1. Use a spray wax on wrought-iron outdoor furniture once a year for extra protection.

  2. Clean wrought-iron garden furniture at least every two months to maintain its color and keep it looking new.

  3. Always use patio furniture coverings during rainy or snowy seasons so it doesn't get damaged. While wrought-iron patio furniture is designed to be durable, it can still rust if not properly cared for.

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