Coastal island living offers us unparalleled peace and the opportunity to enjoy the fresh ocean breeze every day, but the salty air and high humidity can wreak havoc on metal outdoor furniture, leading to the dreaded problem of rust forming on metal that lives outdoors. It not only affects the appearance of furniture but also shortens its lifespan and causes sharp edges that can lead to cuts and scrapes, particularly if young children are using the furniture. To ensure your outdoor furniture remains in top condition, it’s crucial to take preventive measures against rust.
Aluminium Rust-Proof Furniture
One of the best ways to prevent rust in outdoor furniture at the coast is to opt for aluminium rust-proof pieces. Aluminium is naturally resistant to corrosion, making it ideal for coastal and damp environments. To enjoy the sun that we’re spoilt with at the coast, sun loungers made of aluminium will last longer and be more resistant to rusting. A good protective powder coating or anodized finish will further enhance its resistance to rust. Aluminium furniture like the stylish and customisable options made by Lazy Susan Furniture are not only durable and lightweight but also available in various styles to suit your outdoor aesthetic.
Apply Protective Coatings
For existing outdoor furniture, your first step should be applying protective coatings to shield them from the harsh coastal elements. Rust-resistant spray paints or even simply a clear sealant will create a barrier against moisture and salt. Start with a good clean before applying the protective coating to ensure better adhesion to the metal. Once you’ve applied this coating, regularly check your furniture and reapply the coating as it’s needed, especially after heavy rains and colder winter months.
Use Weatherproof Covers
Investing in affordable weatherproof furniture covers is a simple yet effective way to shield your outdoor pieces from rust. Even if the furniture is rust-resistant, there’s no harm in adding some good covers too. These covers are designed to resist water, UV rays, and other environmental factors, providing an extra layer of defence against rust formation. When not in use, cover your furniture to keep it dry and protected from the coastal elements. Look for covers that allow air circulation to prevent mould or mildew build-up. Additionally, ensure that the covers fit well and tightly over your furniture to offer maximum protection.
Regular Cleaning and Maintenance
Not cleaning your furniture and wiping it down of salt build-up can be a major contributor to rust at the coast. Regularly wipe down your furniture with a mild detergent and water solution to remove salt and dirt residues. Avoid using abrasive cleaners or tools that may damage the protective coatings. While you’re cleaning, look for signs of rust or damage and fix them to prevent further deterioration.
Enjoying the beauty of the coast doesn’t have to come at the expense of your outdoor furniture. It can be a challenge to keep furniture free of rust and damage from humid, salty air, but by simply following these few hints, your outdoor furniture will last for many years of use and help you enjoy the sun and sea that you’ve come to love.
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