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NORTHERN OUTLOOK, AUGUST 3, 2013
6 Questions you should ask yourself before
choosing your next plant supplier...
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OPEN 7 DAYS 9am - 5pm
Phone (03) 313 9514 • Fax (03) 313 9516
LANDSCAPE DESIGN SERVICE
308 Flaxton Road, Rangiora
OF NEW SEASON'S
61 Rossiters Rd, Loburn
PH 03 312 8738
We are not closing with
our sad loss of Barry,
we are still making
If it's wood
we can make it.
Now open Sat mornings
• Locally owned and operated
• Design, installation, maintance & consultancy
• Experienced, friendly staff
• Supplying quality irrigation & water treatment
• Water testing for consents
• We tailor irrigation systems to suit your needs
Contact Andrew Hattrill and
the Lifestyle Irrigation Team
Ph 03 313 3155 Mob 022 382 0415
Located at 341B Flaxton Road, Rangiora
Outdoor furniture scrubsupnicely
Spring clean: While soap and water is a
good start, different furniture materials
require appropriate maintenance.
Looking after outdoor furniture
Spring is on its way, and it won't be
long before we are turning our thoughts
to outdoor activities and entertainment.
Outdoor furniture, despite its
purpose-designed materials, still gets a
bit of a knock from sun, rain and cold,
and we need to pay a little attention to
Different materials, such as wood,
aluminium, wrought iron or wicker, all
require appropriate methods. Giving
furniture a clean regularly does keep it
looking good, for a start.
Because outdoor furniture is supposed
to stand up to varied weather
conditions, it doesn't hurt to use soap
Wooden outdoor furniture that's been
coated with an exterior-grade varnish
can be cleaned using soapy water, so
long as you rinse it off afterwards and
allow it to dry well.
Wooden furniture, with the possible
exception of teak and cedar, is better
stored under cover. Check at your
hardware store for the best options in
terms of oils, stains or paints. Don't
forget to check bolts and screws and
replace them if necessary.
Wrought iron, aluminium and steel
frames also require a scrub with water
and soap. Most aluminium furniture is
finished with a powder coating that
resists damage. If you do spot any marks
you can remove them with a
nonabrasive cleaner and a soft cloth.
Check for rust, and if you find some,
remove it using fine grit sandpaper.
When the rust is completely gone, touch
up using an exterior, rust-resistant metal
paint and allow to dry completely. It
doesn't hurt to apply car wax to protect
Wicker outdoor furniture can be
cleaned by taking off the cushions and
spraying away dirt. If the wicker is
especially grubby, use a sponge, mild
soap and cold water to wash. Like wood,
you should allow it to dry completely.
Some wicker types are weather resistant,
but otherwise it pays to apply a paste
wax to the frame to keep it water-
resistant. Since you are not using them
in wintertime, store cushions indoors
and keep frames covered.
Fabric outdoor furniture, such as cloth
chairs, can also be washed with soap
and water. If the fabric pieces can be
removed, machine-wash them using a
gentle cycle. Allow them to dry, and to
avoid shrinkage stretch them back over
their frames before they are completely
Umbrellas also require maintenance,
again using soap and water and a soft
bristle brush for the fabric, and some
form of lubricant for the frame joints. If
the frame is wooden, use paste wax to
restore its shine.
Acrylic cushions should be removed
from the frame to clean separately, using
a sponge, soap and water. Allow them to
dry completely to avoid mildew forming.
If you do have a problem with mildew,
mix bleach, detergent and water to
clean it off. Spray this on the entire
cushion and allow it to soak for 30
minutes before scrubbing off with a
sponge or clean rag.
When storing, never wrap cushions in
plastic because this doesn't allow the
cushion to breathe, and can cause
Plastic furniture requires the least
amount of care. Simply spray off with
clean water, and allow to air dry. A
gentle abrasive will remove any marks.
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