Skip to content


Mastering the Art of Outdoor Furniture Maintenance and Cleaning

by Erica xie 30 Nov 2023

Outdoor furniture enhances any garden or patio, offering comfort and style. However, its exposure to the elements necessitates consistent care. Understanding proper maintenance techniques is crucial to preserve its allure and extend its lifespan.

Types and Characteristics of Outdoor Furniture

Different Material Features:

Outdoor furniture is crafted from diverse materials such as wood, metal, and plastic, each with distinct properties. Wood, with its natural aesthetic, requires regular treatment to prevent decay and moisture damage. Metal is durable and sturdy but can rust or corrode without proper care. Plastic is affordable and low-maintenance but may lack durability and style compared to other materials.

Suitability for Various Settings:

The choice of outdoor furniture material is often influenced by the environment and climate. Wooden furniture, while visually appealing, might not be the best choice for damp or humid areas unless treated with waterproofing agents. Metal furniture, though resilient, is better suited for areas with less rainfall or with adequate protective measures. Plastic furniture, on the other hand, is versatile and suitable for a variety of climates but may need to be secured in windy conditions due to its lighter weight.


Outdoor Sofa Set


Regular Cleaning and Maintenance Tips

Importance of Regular Cleaning:

Consistent cleaning is vital to maintain the appearance and durability of outdoor furniture. Accumulated dirt and debris not only diminish aesthetic appeal but can also cause surface damage over time. Damp conditions can lead to mold and mildew, especially on cushions and fabric parts.

Cleaning Steps for Different Materials:

For wooden furniture, a gentle cleaning routine involving mild soap and soft-bristled brushes is recommended. Avoid using harsh chemicals or power washing, which can damage the wood. Metal furniture should be cleaned with mild soapy water, thoroughly dried, and occasionally treated with rust-proofing products. Plastic furniture is relatively easy to maintain, often requiring a simple wipe-down with a cloth dampened with soapy water.


Picnic Table


Maintenance Strategies for Various Weather Conditions

Protective Measures:

Adapting maintenance strategies based on weather conditions is crucial. In sunny climates, using UV-protective finishes on wood and metal furniture can prevent fading and heat damage. For rainy seasons, waterproof covers can protect against water damage, while ensuring good air circulation to prevent mold and mildew growth. In colder climates, storing furniture indoors or using specially designed winter covers can protect it from freezing temperatures and moisture.

Emergency Weather Handling:

Quick action in response to unexpected weather changes is essential for preserving outdoor furniture. Preparing easy-to-deploy waterproof covers and having a storage plan for quick sheltering during sudden storms can significantly reduce weather-related damage.


Outdoor Sofa Set


Repair and Refurbishment Tips

Minor Repair Tricks:

Addressing common issues like scratches, chips, or fading can often be done at home. Wooden furniture can be rejuvenated with touch-up markers or stains that match the original color. For metal furniture, using rust-resistant paint can restore appearance and protect against further corrosion. Plastic furniture can often be revitalized with specialized cleaners and polishes designed for plastic surfaces.

Refurbishment Advice:

Refurbishing furniture is recommended when it shows signs of wear but remains structurally sound. This might include sanding and re-staining wood, repainting metal with rust-resistant paint, or deep cleaning and polishing plastic. Such refurbishments not only enhance the appearance but can also extend the furniture's life.

Preventative Measures and Long-Term Care

Preventive Strategies:

Effective preventative care is key to long-term maintenance of outdoor furniture. Utilizing furniture covers when not in use, avoiding direct contact with harsh elements, and regular cleaning can prevent most common issues.

Long-Term Maintenance Plan:

Establishing a maintenance routine is essential. A seasonal approach works well - spring cleaning to prepare for outdoor use, pre-winter inspections to address any necessary repairs, and occasional checks for damage or wear. This proactive approach helps identify potential issues before they become major problems, ensuring that your outdoor furniture remains a valuable and enjoyable part of your outdoor living space.

Prev Post
Next Post

Thanks for subscribing!

This email has been registered!

Shop the look

Choose Options

On your next order when spending over $150

Recently Viewed

Edit Option
Back In Stock Notification
Terms & Conditions
Terms of use of this website
These general terms & conditions are issued by Toughout Limited trading as TOUGHOUT and cover the use (includes but is not limited to visit/access our website, purchase on our site, participation in our promotions and subscribe to our newsletters) of our website –
By accessing and using our website you agree to be bound by these terms and conditions, as well as all applicable laws as governed and interpreted in accordance with the laws of New Zealand. If you do not agree with any of these terms and conditions, do not use the Toughout website.

Limitation of Liability
While we endeavor to provide accurate information on the website, typographical errors, inaccuracies and omissions may occur. Therefore, under no circumstances shall Tougout limited be accepting any liability, direct or indirect, for any kind of loss or damages arising from or in connection with your use of any information contains on this website. You acknowledge that it is solely your responsibility for your action taken in the use of the site.
We reserve the right to make changes or update information at any time without notice.

The website may contain links to external internet websites. Toughout does not guarantee or approve of any material or representations on those websites. Nor do we warrant the connections of this website or any linked site, including any data, program or downloadable files that are free of viruses, Trojan horses, worms or similar devices.

The content of this website is copyright of Toughout Limited or a third party. Toughout does not grant you any intellectual property right in this website. You must not use any trademark displayed on this website. You must only use this website, and you must only display, copy, distribute, or print of this website for personal use. You must not attempt to change, reproduce, add to, remove, hack or interfere with this website or its material.

All payments via our website are processed using SSL protocol to protect your sensitive information, and establishing an account with us using your user ID and password is another great practice for accessing the security area of Toughout website. You can help to protect your details from unauthorized access by keeping your account information confidential and logging out your account each time you finish using the site.
You agree to immediately notify during business hours of any unauthorized use of your account or suspect any attempting money transfer without your permission.
We reserve the right to require proof of identification for security seasons for certain transactions.

Your comments
We welcome you comments regarding the Toughout product, service or website. Any comments, feedback, reviews, photos shall be and remain the property of Toughout Limited. We are entitled to use, disclose, publish and distribute any comments you submitted without compensating you in anyway. We ask you not to send us any comments that you do not want to assign to us or please do not include any confidential information in your comment.

These terms and conditions may change from time to time, we do recommend you review these terms and conditions carefully each time of using the website.

Terms of Trade
When purchase from us, you acknowledge below

All orders are payable in full before delivery. We reserve the right to reject and cancel your order in full or partly where: (a)you are in breach the payment obligations or our inability to obtain authorization for your payment, (b)there has been genuine pricing or product description error, (c)Goods are found out of stock after the order confirmation, or(d) You not meeting the eligibility to order criteria set out in the listing.
Our customer service team will contact you for any cancellations and a refund will be provided on the amount paid that relates to the canceled portion of the order

Pricing and Payment
All prices listed on the Toughout website are in New Zealand Dollars and are GST inclusive. We reserve the right to alter prices on our website at any time for any reason. Online and in store pricing may differ.
Payment options are listed on the checkout page together with your order summary.

Delivery and Shipping
Where the product is able to be delivered/delivery options are listed on each product page.
Delivery and shipping charges will be payable on product purchase and may vary depending on the number of items to be purchased, the size and shape of the products, and your residential addresses.
You will receive an email confirmation once we dispatched your order and if anything causes delays or there is any problem, one of our team will contact you.

Toughout collects your personal information to allow us to supply you with products or services. Please check our privacy policy.
By placing an order through our website, your consent to Toughout collecting your personal information including your name, contact details, and delivery address and agree to provide it to third parties including suppliers and delivery contractors to fulfil and deliver your order.

Further information
A further information can be found on our FAQ page or email us at

this is just a warning
Shopping Cart
0 items