The huge popularity of outdoor entertainment and leisure has made the patio an integral part of the living space in millions of homes across the globe. This trend has elevated the terrace furniture set to the level of fine decor and wrought iron patio furniture has long been a favourite item furnishing terraces, verandas and patios.
Lift any wrought iron chair and you will immediately know you are dealing with patio furniture in a different class from the run of the mill plastic stuff. Solid, heavy and built to last the average wrought iron patio furniture set will outlast most owners if properly cared for. Their durability and robust construction also means they do not take much in the way of maintenance either.
Wrought iron is actually an ancient art form where square or round iron bars are heated up until red hot and then drawn, twisted and bent into decorative shapes. These shapes are then used to construct anything from gates and palisades to, you guessed it, wrought iron patio furniture. This construction method lends this type of furniture its inherent strength and durability.
By virtue of its construction this wrought iron patio furnitures is by no means light and flimsy. If the welding of all the separate parts has been done correctly, this type of patio furniture is immensely strong and as mentioned has an extensive life even when constantly exposed to the elements.
The very nature of the construction lends a personal, unique touch to all items unlike mass produced, injection moulded plastic varieties. They are available in a large range of finishes and cushion upholstery so they can blend in well with most decor themes.
Although wrought iron patio furniture is very durable and low maintenance there are one or two basic steps to follow if you want to get the maximum life out of your patio set. The first is to regularly check all pieces for scratches and chips in the finish.
As is the case with all iron and steel items, wrought iron patio furnitures biggest foe is rust. When chips or scratches are encountered they should be sanded or brushed down with a wire brush or medium grade sandpaper to get rid of all loose paint flakes and any rust that may have formed. The repaired spot can then be treated with a rust inhibitor and painted with colour matched enamel paint.
The metal furniture should also be cleaned periodically. This is best done with a large plastic brush and a warm, soapy solution made with dishwashing detergent. The easiest way to do this is to move the set into the sun, remove the cushions and hose the units down to remove all excess dust. Give them a good brushing down with the soapy water then rinse off with the hose and allow to dry.
Wrought iron patio furniture can add great aesthetic appeal to any entertainment or leisure environment and is strong and long lasting enough to weather the storms of many years of hard use. Their character and durability has made these sets a long standing feature on patios around the world and you would not go far wrong with a wrought iron set on yours.