Aluminum: Not Just for Covering Food

Have you ever considered aluminum furniture for your outdoor dining area? Here are a few reasons you should:

  • Aluminum is a sturdy,┬áreasonably priced material.
  • Painted aluminum requires little maintenance.
  • Aluminum furniture is easily cleaned with soap and water.
  • Aluminum can be painted or left in its natural state.

If you choose unpainted aluminum furniture there are a few things you should know:

  • To clean unpainted aluminum furniture you will need to use a metal polishing paste.
  • If you prefer a more natural solution,┬átry two parts boiling water and one part vinegar.
  • Never use baking soda! The chemicals in baking soda and washing soda will damage untreated aluminum.
  • Avoid a steel brush when scrubbing any corrosion build-up that may occur. It will leave behind bits of metal that will eventually rust. Instead use sandpaper.

If you decide to opt for painted aluminum be prepared to:

  • Touch-up the paint as soon as you notice worn patches.
  • Give the furniture a new paint job every 2-3 years to keep it in top shape.
  • In between paint jobs be sure to wash the aluminum with soap and water. Dry thoroughly in order to avoid damage to the furniture.

Whatever type of aluminum furniture you choose your guests will love the simplicity and sturdiness of the seating options.

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