It’s can be tough to maintain and protect metal as the material is affected by both air and moisture. Below you will see a few guide to cleaning methods for various metals furniture material.
Aluminium doesn’t rust but it can be discolour and develop a rough surface through oxidisation. If the surface of aluminium is only midly discoloured you can wash with a mixture of soap, water and lemon juice. The acidity of lemon juice will help your aluminium shiny. If the surface of your aluminium is a bit rough which you can polish it with a steel wool pot cleaner soaked in soapy water.
Cast iron and steel
For furniture that made from cast iron is extremely durable but it will rust easily if some of protective surface broken. You can use sandpaper to remove small rust spots or a rust remover from hardware stores. You can also seal the surface with paint, a rust protector or sealant. Steel or cast iron will advisable to cover outdoors. Cast iron furniture pieces with a plastic cover to protect them from rain.
If your copper surface has tarnished and look dull. You can apply acidicliquids such as vinegar or lemon in order to remove grime rub a mixture of salt and vinegar on the surface. You must remember that you have to rinse with water first then polish the surface with soft or dry cloth.
Stainless steel is the easiest metal to car for because stainless steel requires you to wipe its surface with only a damp cloth and a touch of detergent.
Fixing Flaking Paint
If it’s have only tiny area that needs a touch up you can use nail polish of same colour on the spot but if it’s noticeable you can scrape away and sand it down then apply a metal primer followed by your colour of choice.
Prevent Rusting Tips
In order to prevent rusting of your metal furniture or parts by giving them a coat of car paste wax which you can find it in hardware stores and petrol stations. It will provide a barrier between the metal and the air’s moisture.