Maintaining aluminum patio furniture is simple and easy, making it a great choice for a beautiful and durable product with minimal upkeep. Aluminum is designed to stand up well to weather, temperature, and heavy use. When your furniture does become dirty, washing it with a mild soap and water will have it clean quickly. A soft bristle brush will give you extra cleaning power without harming your finish. If you have non-textured aluminum furniture, using automotive wax maintains gloss and shine. For textured surfaces, wax will be too thick and may stick in your textured areas. Baby oil or mineral oil will be a better option. Another good tip is to clean spills or spots on your furniture as soon as possible. Cleaning and maintaining your outdoor furniture is the best thing that you can do to ensure its long life and continued beauty. With aluminum, cleaning and maintaining is super quick and super easy!
You’ve reduced the amount of stuff you buy, and you recycle what you can, but do you go that next step and make a point to buy products made from recycled materials? A little online research can lead you to find most anything you need or want made from other people’s recycled trash. Patio furniture is a good example.
Recycled patio furniture can certainly be made from reclaimed wood or with bits and pieces salvaged from retired patio furniture. But, recycled plastic is a better choice for outdoor furniture. Furniture made with recycled plastics, such as that which is produced by Poly-Wood, has exceptional resistance to corrosive substances, oil and fuels, insects, fungi, salt spray, and other environmental stresses. The furniture does not absorb moisture, so there is never a worry about rotting, splintering, or cracking. Poly-Wood’s recycled furniture pieces resist all harsh weather conditions, and they never need to be painted, stained, or water proofed. It doesn’t hurt, either, that this recycled patio furniture is stylish, sturdy, and comfortable.
Recycling your plastic bottles and containers is only one part of the process. Making the effort to buy products made from recycled materials is another crucial piece of the process that some consumers overlook. Luckily, it’s getting easier to find recycled products, like patio furniture, and the variety of products available is increasing. According to Earth911’s Plastic Recycling Facts, the plastics recycling business has grown significantly in the past few years. In fact, “more than 1,600 businesses are involved in recycling post-consumer plastics.” Using products made from recycled plastics ensures that a hefty chunk of those milk jugs, water bottles, and food containers from which we can’t seem to escape are put to good use.
This past Fall, sadly, I had to remove and cut back a good portion of the enormous century old oak trees I had in my backyard. Living in east Memphis, TN, I am used to the over abundance of trees and the shade they create. Although I was sad to lose some of my big trees, it has really opened up my backyard. I have even planted grass seedlings which are now sprouting in 2 areas of my yard. I am in the process of creating a better backyard atmosphere. The first thing I am doing is putting in a few Shade Sails. I have found shade sails to be an interesting and decorative way to “fancy” up my yard. I am amazed at how easily they fit into almost any backyard setting, and how easy they are to install. They are great around the pool offering the kids a well deserved break from the blistering sun as well as shade contiuing from what I already have from my existing trees over to the side of my house. I now love sitting on my porch with a nice cool drink, grilling tenderloin for dinner. So much that I even Twitter about it… @KarenMR, and @backyardcity. Recently, I also purchased new outdoor patio furniture and the shade sails provide UV protection for my new furniture and whoops almost forgot….myself and my kids.
School is out in about one week, and I am so glad I have most of my outdoor decorating finished. We are going to have a great time this summer enjoying our own backyard.
What’s In Your Backyard? Tell me about it……