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Aluminium: Why You Should Buy Aluminium Garden Furniture
May 25, 2018 at 4:34 pm 0
Summer is just around the corner, so what better way to enjoy the warm weather than sunning yourself on some stylish garden furniture! We’ve written a whole series of posts about sizing and styling garden furniture (which you can read here). But what about materials? Introducing Aluminium…  

What Makes Aluminium So Special?

Aluminium garden furniture is perfect for climates that have a mix of rainy and sunny spells. This is because it is inherently anti-rust. So when exposed to the elements,  aluminium develops a microscopic layer of oxide on its exterior. It’s this oxide layer that acts as a barrier to protect the metal from further damage and prevent it from corroding (the more you know!).  Despite being incredibly durable, aluminium furniture won’t break the bank. This means you can have both style and quality at an affordable price.  

Strength & Durability 

Highly resistant to cracking or other types of blemishes, aluminium garden furniture is ideal for busy families as it can withstand both the elements and frequent use. Although we do recommend that you store your aluminium furniture in a dry place during the winter months, or use a cover during rainy spells, you don’t have to worry about the elements breaking down the structure of the furniture itself as it is highly resistant.

Function & Form

Another great feature of aluminium is that it’s light enough to pick up and move around your garden but substantial enough that it still makes a style impact in the space. This makes it easy to restyle in your garden and then store inside during the winter months. Lightweight doesn’t mean flimsy though; aluminium still has a weighted quality which makes it heavy enough to stay put on your patio. This, combined with features such as the frosted glass top of our Palermo and Fresco tables, will keep your garden table neatly in place.  

How Do I Clean Aluminium Furniture?

If you’re after garden furniture that’s low maintenance and easy to clean, aluminium is about to become your new best friend! This is especially true if you buy a powder coated frame or cast aluminium as the finish is baked on. This makes it outperform basic sprayed-on coatings when it comes to durability and longevity. To clean the powder-coated aluminium frame of your table or benches, first, remove any decorative cushions and furniture accessories. Then, simply wash the surface with a lint-free cloth and soapy water. Dirt and salts can build up on the surface over time causing it to look dusty and grimy, so it’s best to first clean this away to avoid damaging the powder coating.     Top Tip: Don’t forget to wash underneath the furnishing and in all cracks and grooves. If your furniture has a glass top, clean it with a household glass cleaner but try to avoid spraying this on the powder coating.   For more stubborn or greasy marks, you can add a mild household acid such as vinegar or lemon juice. Stay away from any ammonia, TSP or soda-based products as this can encourage further oxidation on the surface. Avoid scraping or rubbing the powder coating with an abrasive cloth as this could damage or even remove the coating from the surface. It’s a good idea to use your garden hose to give your aluminium a good rinse. Because aluminium is anti-rust, this won’t damage the surface. If you do this, avoid using a pressure washer or a strong setting on a garden hose nozzle as such a strong and focused stream of water could damage the furniture’s finish. A normal garden hose will do just the trick. Allow the furniture to dry completely before placing cushions on the seat. We advise that you wash your table and bench frames as and when needed when in use, but make sure you give them one last thorough clean before you store the furniture away for winter. Top Tip: Try to clean your powder-coated aluminium furniture in the shade to avoid fast-drying streaks and unwanted fading.

How Do I Keep Aluminium Looking Its Best?

A powder-coated aluminium surface not only increases the visual appeal of the aluminium but also gives the metal additional strength. This helps to reduce scratches and dents from daily use. However, to keep it looking its best we suggest keeping an eye out for small chips or cracks on the surface. This is so you can prevent any water from entering underneath the outer layer. To further protect the surface after cleaning, wipe the surface with a little car wax or baby oil on a dry cloth as this will help give the surface a wonderful shine. If you really want to keep your powder coated aluminium looking its best, from time to time you may also want to also apply a wax product that is specially designed for keeping powder coatings looking new. A good time to do this is just before storing or covering your patio set for the winter.    

So there you have it!

That’s why you should buy aluminium furniture for your garden. Easy to move and style. Practical when it comes to cleaning and able to withstand the weather. What more could you need! If you’d like to see more, why not take a look at our range of aluminium garden furniture on our website.  

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Buying Guides
First-Time Buyers: Furniture Guide
August 21, 2013 at 11:11 am 0
According to the news, the UK housing market has been booming in recent months, due to the increase in first-time buyers entering the property market - up 30% on the 2012 figure. First-time buyers have been able to access lending and lending has hit is highest quarterly total since 2007. The Council of Mortgage Lenders said that 68,200 home purchases were made in the second quarter of 2013 by first-time buyers. In June last year the rate of first-time buyers in the property market was 38% but this year it has grown to 46%. Fern and Elise Kitchen Dining Set
Fern and Elise Kitchen Dining Set £247.00

Fern and Elise Kitchen Dining Set £247.00

The Fern White Gloss Kitchen Table is ideal for a small, modern kitchen and it will remain stylish for years to come.  It is made from sturdy MDF and has a sleek white high gloss surface that beautifully reflects the light, creating the illusion of spaciousness. This dining table is sturdy and durable, perfect for a busy lifestyle. Alongside the glossy table are the elegant Elise Dining Chairs. They are upholstered in hard wearing but soft faux leather in a choice of bold colours: Black, Putty Grey, Poppy Red, Ruby Red, Latte Beige, Brown and White. The padded seat is supported by slender legs that are finished in polished chrome and are stylishly tapered. Elise Chrome Gas Lift Bar Stool
Elise Chrome Gas Lift Bar Stool £119.00

Elise Chrome Gas Lift Bar Stool £119.00

The Elise Chrome Gas Lift Bar Stool completes the modern kitchen look. The Elise Bar stools represent great value for money but they do not compromise on quality. The stylish bar stool is upholstered in luxurious but durable faux leather in a choice of designer Black, cool White or rich Cream. The padded seat and back rest ensures this bar stool is comfortable. The chrome pedestal and flat round base is finished in shiny chrome with an additional gas lift mechanism to ensure this stool is suitable for all. Umbria White High Gloss Sideboard
Umbria White High Gloss Sideboard £539.00

Umbria White High Gloss Sideboard £539.00

The trendy Umbria White High Gloss Sideboard would add style and sophistication to your dining area. It is finished in fashionable White High Gloss which like the Fern Kitchen Table will remain stylish in the future. This contemporary storage solution has three drawers and two cupboards, providing plenty of space to store cutlery and crockery. The funky White Gloss Sideboard is supported by squared looped legs, that are finished in aluminium completing the stylish look. Davini Leather Corner Sofa
Davini Leather Corner Sofa

Davini Leather Corner Sofa £1999.00

The Davini Leather Corner Sofa is perfect for relaxing on after a hard day at work. It is upholstered in high quality, dense padding and soft genuine Leather. Adjustable headrests create additional comfort as they can be adjusted to support your head and neck. The leather seats are quilted by the back rests and arm rests are plain creating a luxurious look. It is available in classic Black, Antique Cream and Whisper Beige real leather. You can choose either a right hand facing chaise or a left hand facing chaise in order to suit your living room. The stylish legs have a squared loop shape and are finished in polished chrome, they are easily attached by the screws supplied. The sections of the sofa are connected via a hook and slider system. Luca White Gloss Nest of Tables
Luca White High Gloss Nest of Tables £119.00

Luca White High Gloss Nest of Tables £119.00

The Luca White Gloss Nest of Tables are a useful and versatile set of coffee tables. The smaller table fits neatly underneath the larger table to maximise space in your living room. It can be used as an end table, lamp table or a small coffee table, as it is such a versatile piece of furniture. The round shaped coffee tables are finished in high quality, White High Gloss which reflects the light beautifully. Luca White Gloss Coffee Table
Luca White Gloss Coffee Table £159.00

Luca White Gloss Coffee Table £159.00

Matching the Luca White Gloss Nest of Tables is the Luca White Gloss Coffee Table. The cool coffee table has a rounded, curvy shape that adds style to your living room. It has a smooth White High Gloss finish which enables the light to be reflected around the room. This glossy Coffee Table has a length of 1200mm, width of 600mm and height of 405mm. Petra TV Stand
Petra TV Unit £219.00

Petra TV Unit £219.00

The Petra TV Stand stands out from the crowd with its unusual and funky design. The polished pedestal and round base supports the lozenge shaped TV Unit. The funky shaped TV Unit is finished in sleek White High Gloss, completing the living rooms White glossy look. It has a grey tempered glass shelf, located in the middle of the unit providing space for Av equipment or storage. The Petra TV Unit has a maximum load of 35kg.                    
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