Wrought Iron Outdoor Furniture - Properties and Care
Outdoor bench and table care
Wrought iron gets its name from being artistically worked into shape. Made from round iron bars that are worked into different formations, this type of outdoor furniture can feature simple lines through to more technical designs of flowers and patterns.
Durable and heavy, it is usually found in styles reminiscent of the Victorian age. Cast and wrought versions of the metal have been used for making patio furniture for many years, and can withstand any conditions. The iron used to make it undergoes little processing before being crafted and much of the iron used today is recycled scrap iron.
When you are buying this sort of furniture, look for benches and sets made with solid metal rather than hollow tubing, and that are welded together rather than bolted. Prone to rust, regular touch-ups and painting are required when this type of furniture is exposed to nature’s elements. The metal’s weight makes it best for windy climates – but on the other hand, is harder to relocate.
Most wrought iron benches are usable with or without cushions, although for comfort reasons, it is advisable to use cushioning!
Coatings can also give your wrought iron patio furniture protection from outdoor elements and prevent rust. Although most manufacturers can produce their items in a wide range of colors, the most popular finishes are white, forest green, and black. Though prices vary, this material can be less costly than other types when it comes to making outdoor furniture.
Wrought Iron Outdoor Bench and Table Care
Wrought Iron furniture requires more maintenance than other types of metal furniture. Clean it regularly with warm soapy water and then dry it. Apply wax to the smooth surfaces and apply mineral or baby oil to textured surfaces. Should any scratches or rust occur, you can touch them up by lightly sanding the area with a fine steel wool. Follow by applying several thin coats of metal paint, letting each coat dry properly before applying the next one.
To prevent this metal, along with aluminum and normal metal frames from corroding or rusting, paste wax or naval jelly can be used to protect it.