Don’t be fooled by iron’s seemingly time-tested ability to last through all kinds of weather. Outdoor iron garden benches still require care and a bit of maintenance preparation regardless of how heavy and sturdy they are.
Oftentimes when we acquire furniture that we’re pretty confident will last for generations to come (like outdoor iron garden benches), we tend to neglect the duties that are required to keep them in good working order and of course, looking as beautiful as they were when we first purchased them. As long as they’re maintained, you can expect these beauties to last over a hundred years!
Iron has always been a premium choice for outside furniture because of its strength and ability to withstand strong wind. Unfortunately, it isn’t impervious to rust from things like rain, snow, or even morning dew. That’s why manufacturers of new outdoor iron garden benches are careful to coat them with a rust-resistant finish.
Susceptible To Damage
In addition to rusting, iron is easily bent. Although a few coats of rust-resistant finish will help prevent surface scratches or other environmental damage, you will have to take care not to place objects on your outdoor iron garden benches that might dent it, scratch it, or chip it. And you certainly don’t want to risk bending them. Potential bending is a prime reason for selecting seating that is solid. For this reason, you should avoid buying seating that was put together with hollow iron and bolts.
Good Maintenance Tips
As part of your annual outdoor maintenance schedule, clean your outdoor iron garden benches with warm water and soap. After they have thoroughly dried, wax them for a pleasing shine and oil their moving parts (springs, joints, etc.) with mineral oil.
If you find a few scratches or rusty areas on your outdoor iron garden benches, you can remove them by lightly sanding them with fine steel wool and then following up with a coat or two of paint specifically made for iron.
Metal paint can be applied with a thick, flexible paintbrush or it can be applied from a spray can. Whichever method you prefer, it’s important that you let each coat of paint dry in-between – otherwise you’ll create drips (when the paint is wet) and flaking (later on down the road when the paint dries).
When winter arrives, you can always cover your furniture with thick plastic. If it isn’t too cumbersome – and you have the room for it – you can always pull your outdoor iron garden benches into a garage or other storage area during a rainy or snowy season.
Don’t Stop Maintenance Once You Start
Outdoor garden benches can seem as though they require a lifetime of care, but their aesthetic pleasure far outweighs the labor involved in maintaining them. When you notice small issues (like rust or scratches) that don’t immediately affect the overall decor of your outdoor space, correct them as soon as you find them. Don’t ignore them or delay their repair.
Over time, little spots of rust or simple scratches on your outdoor garden benches can become a bigger problem if they are allowed to exist. And worse, your visitors may notice them and interpret them as neglect.
Following these simple tips will elongate the lifetime of your outdoor garden benches and improve the aesthetics of your outdoor area for generations to come.