Wrought Iron Care and Maintenance
Wrought Iron furniture is made from heavy gauge, low carbon rolled steel. State-of-the art paint systems are used by the manufacturers to provide strong, durable finishes. Wrought Iron offers traditional styling with a more formal look. Its light, airy designs add interest to any setting, furnishing an area without making a bold design statement. Iron furniture has a timeless elegance with enduring beauty.
We do not recommend purchasing Wrought Iron for use near chlorinated swimming areas or in shore locations. Airborne chlorine and salt accelerate the onset of rust and oxidization on these frames.
A spray nozzle and a garden hose is your best defense. Periodic cleaning of frames is recommended. Simply wash with mild soap and rinse thoroughly. Do not use any kind of wax, abrasive materials or strong detergents on textured finishes.
Repairing scratches and scrapes in finish
Touch-up paint to match your frame color is available at Casual Marketplace or from your manufacturer. Place the frame in an open area with plenty of ventilation – preferably outdoors. Using a very fine grit sand paper (120 grit or more) lightly sand the damaged area until smooth with the rest of the surface. Using a clean rag lightly dipped in rubbing alcohol or mineral spirits, wipe the sanded area clean of dirt and oil. This primes the affected area and provides the maximum bonding surface for the paint to adhere. Shake spray can for at least one minute. Holding the spray can 8 – 10 inches away from surface to be touched up, spray the damaged area lightly in an even left to right motion. This action helps to prevent paint runs. For best results, make two to three light coats allowing paint to dry in between coats. Read the information affixed to the spray can for additional information. Touch up applications should be limited to as small an area as necessary to repair the damage. Be sure to use the left to right motion when touching up to feather the area into the established finish area. Wait until paint is very dry before determining if an additional coat is needed.
At season’s end, carefully inspect each piece. Look for the start of rust near welds, at the edges of the mesh, as well as on chips on the legs and sides. Rust spots should be sanded well and then sprayed with touch-up paint. Refer to the repair instructions above.
In the best of circumstances, your furniture will be stored in a basement or storage space. This will extend the life of your furniture and will require less maintenance. If this is not possible, we strongly recommend placing your iron furniture where is will be under cover protecting it from snow and the harshest of elements. We do not recommend covering your iron furniture as the covers will trap in moisture and speed up the advancement of rust and oxidization.
You must retain your original sales receipt for future reference. You will need item numbers, frame finish and fabric information to order replacement parts for your furniture, file any warranty claims or add matching pieces to your existing collection.