How to prevent metal patio furniture from staining your paving with rust

Metal patio furniture can bring an authentic rustic look to any patio, but too often, the metal is left untreated, which allows the effect of weathering to rust the furniture leaving a nasty stain on beautiful block paving. In this article, we will look at simple ways in which you can prevent your patio paving from becoming an eyesore and keep it looking fresh and appealing for years to come.

Shield metal furniture with covers

Initially, it would help if you tried to provide covers for your metal furniture to safeguard them from rain and cold and keep them dry. Using the same tactic for wooden furniture is also advisable, as it will stop the nuts, bolts, and rivets from rusting after getting wet. Many patio sets are supplied with covers; if not, it is best to find tight-fitting covers that will not become loose in strong winds but are not so taut that they will rip easily. If you form the habit of covering your outdoor furniture whenever you are not using it, you will ensure it stays dry and does not stain your paving.

Use paste wax to protect metal furniture

Paste wax is widely available if you do not want to part with your cash for furniture covers. It supplies an affordable, simple, effective coating for protecting metal from water and stems rusting and is easy to apply. When spreading the paste, you will need to clear the metal of any residue or dirt to ensure the paste bonds to the metal properly. Apply an adequate covering for complete protection and repeat the process periodically to guarantee all-year-round protection from rusting.

Use a protective spray sealant

Perhaps the easiest way to protect your patio furniture is to use a protective spray sealant that forms a seal on the metal against any weathering effects of rainwater. Like a paste wax, you should clear the metal of any dirt or dust before applying, and after a few hours, the spray will be dry, and you’ll have long-term protection against rusting.

Use rubber foot protectors

Some metal patio tables feature hollow legs, making them lightweight and easy to move, which can result in rust dripping through the bottom of the leg onto the paving. Fitting rubber foot protectors will stop pooling water from entering the hollow part of the metal leg, eventually rusting the inside of the leg, and causing a rusty residue to leak out onto your paving.

Store your patio furniture indoors during inclement weather

Suppose you are fortunate to have ample storage space. In that case, bringing your metal patio furniture indoors during autumn and winter is possibly the best and, without question, the cheapest option. A shed or garage would provide the ideal solution for storing your tables and chairs, and it will also mean you avoid having to coat your furniture with wax or a sealant.

Maintain your patio furniture frequently

It’s always a good idea to give your patio tables and chairs a thorough clean at least twice a year. While cleaning, keep an eye out for any rust around the legs and fasteners so that you can take preventative action as soon as possible. If you have paving stones on your patio that have become stained by rust and need replacing, contact our team today for a free, no-obligation quote.