How to care for your outdoor furniture

How to care for your outdoor furniture - Olan Living

Quality outdoor furniture is an investment and should last for many years.  But many of us struggle with knowing the best way to look after our beautiful outdoor pieces.

Read our tips on how to best clean and maintain your outdoor settings.

Teak Outdoor Furniture

Teak is a beautiful, durable and weather-resistant wood that is often used for outdoor furniture. 

  • Regular cleaning: Teak furniture should be cleaned regularly with a soft bristle brush, mild soap and warm water. Avoid using harsh chemicals or high-pressure water sprayers, as these can damage the wood.
  • Apply teak oil: Applying teak oil can help to protect the wood and restore its natural color. However, be careful not to overdo it, as too much oil can attract dirt and grime. Apply the oil sparingly and wipe off any excess with a clean cloth.  This will keep the teak looking fresh.  If you preferred the grey/aged look then it is best to oil less often.

Powder Coated Aluminium Furniture

Powder coated aluminum outdoor furniture is durable and resistant to weathering, but it still requires regular care and maintenance to keep it looking good for years to come. 

  • Clean regularly: Regular cleaning is important to keep your furniture looking its best. Use a mild detergent and warm water to wipe down the furniture, and rinse thoroughly with a hose. Avoid using abrasive cleaners, as they can scratch the powder coating.
  • Protect from scratches: Although powder coated aluminum is durable, it can still scratch. Avoid dragging sharp or heavy objects across the surface, and place coasters or mats under glasses and plates to prevent scratches.
  • Touch up scratches: If your furniture does get scratched, you can touch up the area with touch-up paint that matches the original color of your furniture. Clean the area thoroughly before applying the touch-up paint.

Outdoor Rugs

Polypropylene is a popular material for outdoor rugs due to its durability and resistance to the elements. Here are some tips to care for your outdoor polypropylene rug:

  • Sweep the rug with a broom or give it a good shake.
  • Wash with a hose (not a pressure washer) using mild soap if very dirty.
  • Avoid High Heat: Polypropylene rugs can be damaged by high heat, so avoid placing them near sources of heat such as fire pits, bbq, or hot surfaces.
  • Roll for Storage: When not in use, roll the rug and store it in a dry, cool place. Avoid folding the rug as this can damage the fibers.

Outdoor Cushions

Outdoor cushion material varies in quality and this is usually reflected in their price.  Your cushion should have a care label inside the zip with specific care instructions for that fabric.


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