Cast iron and wrought iron patio furniture is a great option for your outdoor space. Like all other types of patio furniture, however, if you don't properly care for wrought iron, it will rust over time. Whether it's a dining set or serving cart, all wrought iron furniture will need to be cleaned from time to time. Fortunately, keeping your wrought iron patio set in
top condition requires only minor maintenance. Use this wrought iron care and cleaning guide to understand how to keep your wrought iron patio furniture looking the
way you want it to.
Wrought Iron Patio Furniture Care: Cleaning & Waxing
Unlike wicker patio furniture, cleaning wrought iron only requires you to wash it with mild soap and water and then allow to air dry. Applying wax will give your wrought iron some added protection against the elements. Once or twice a year apply an automotive spray wax to your wrought iron patio set.
It is important to remove any grease spots left from suntan lotions or bug sprays as soon as possible. While most finishes on wrought iron patio furniture are resistant to these greases, if they are left to long they could cause the wrought iron's finish to become discolored.
Consider using furniture covers or placing your wrought iron patio furniture indoors during the winter months. While this is not a necessity because of wrought iron's durability, it may still help extend the life of your outdoor furniture set.
Painting and Removing Rust from Wrought Iron
Over time, your wrought iron furniture will more than likely be scratched or chipped due to normal wear and tear. If your wrought iron patio furniture does experience mild rusting, you should wash the rusted area with soap and water, allow it to dry, remove the rust with a medium sandpaper and then reapply some touch-up paint..