For scratches, put a paint touch-up pen to good use. If your aluminum just needs a general good cleaning, wash with a mild solution of soap and water. Then rinse with clean water and dry with a soft towel.
A low-maintenance favorite, all wood really needs is an annual cleaning with mild soapy water and a soft bristled brush. This combo should take care of any dirt build-up. But if it’s tough stains and mildew you’re tackling, use one part bleach to two parts water; rinse thoroughly with clean water.
Got a spill or stain? Strip the cover off (and avoid getting the cushion soaked), and just use water and a soft bristled brush. If you need to clean the cushion itself, a mild solution of soap and water should do the trick; let it air dry. And although regular wear-and-tear happens, you can at least make sure the look is even and consistent (patches of worn-out fabric looks worse, promise). The super-easy fix? Just flip and rotate your cushions regularly to redistribute the filling now and then. Lengthen their life even more by keeping them out of the sun and storing them in a cool, dry place till next time.
Bolster the already strong, durable surface by applying paraffin wax once a year. And for general cleaning, nothing beats a good rinse with mild soap and water. Stay away from heavy abrasive cleaners since they tend to wear down the wax.
Is your furniture outdoors year-round? Try furniture covers to protect your furnishings from dust, debris and moisture.
Worried about mold and mildew? Remove cushions from frame frequently for extra ventilation. And make sure cushions and covers are clean and dry before covering.