Plastic garden furniture is a summer essential in any outdoor space. But, how can you protect plastic outdoor furniture for years to come?

Maintaining your garden furniture will certainly improve its service life. However, if it is made of plastic there are some key dos and don’ts that you must be sure to follow.

What you absolutely should not do if you are going to maintain your plastic garden furniture:

  • Do not use abrasive brushes or sponges.
  • Do not use binding agents.
  • Do not spend money unnecessarily on expensive ‘specialist cleaning products’.

What you should do to protect your plastic garden furniture:

  • In most cases, regular soapy water is more than enough.
  • Beware of rust in the metal parts such as the links and connectors.
  • Rust and stubborn stains such as grease and even tar can be removed with WD-40® Multi-Use Flexible Straw – our handy silicone spray does not harm plastic.

So, what are the best steps to take to protect plastic garden furniture? WD-40® reveals all…

Overall cover protection

Outdoor furniture comes in all shapes and sizes. Whether your furniture is made of wood, metal, or plastic, they all need regular maintenance. This is the only way to ensure that you get the most out of your outdoor furniture. But there is quite a difference in protecting your plastic garden furniture compared to, for example, metals.

During autumn and winter, it is advised that you make sure they’re covered. This prevents dust and other dirt or grime from affecting the surface – which untreated can lead to more than just dirty stains. For example, the connectors (often made of metal) are most sensitive to wear and tear. Dust accumulating in the hinges only exacerbates this. Rust is better avoided than remedied. So, if you don’t have a safe place to store your garden furniture to protect it, it is strongly recommended to buy a protective cover.

Protecting garden chairs

Whether it’s a cockpit seat or a luxury lounge chair, if you want to sit down, there’s no doubt it has to be clean. It’s easy enough to clean your seats with soapy water, and often this is enough. However, the majority of us have those untouched chairs in the back of the shed for those all-important special occasions that need a special clean. Unfortunately, too often you see that having been left alone during those long winter months, they’re sure enough very dirty when we finally bring them out in the summer. Well, fear not! There is no need to deal with this filth any longer. Thanks to you can protect and clean your plastic chairs quickly and easily – without breaking the bank. The fast-acting formula will penetrate promptly to remove all that unwanted dirt and grime – helping them to look brand-new again.

Maintain your garden furniture with WD-40

In a practical sense, there is little difference between maintaining your plastic garden furniture and protecting it. Plastic is much softer than metal and, in some cases, even softer than wood. The use of ‘special cleaning agents’ and their abrasive applications will often do more damage than good. Simply using soapy water will usually do the trick.

If you still find you’re left with stains or rust at the hinges, then WD-40® Multi-Use Flexible Straw is recommended – as even the most stubborn stains are effectively tackled. The trusty blue and red can, and its innovative formula will be sure to get to all those stubborn spots (including removing paint, tar, and even rust!) and loosen them successfully. What’s more, it’s highly recommended that you spray your furniture at the end of the summer with WD-40® Multi-Use so it can stay well maintained all year long. So, when the sun starts shining again and you want to sit outside, you can still enjoy your garden furniture almost instantly, with little to no cleaning fuss!

For more ways to keep your garden looking party-ready this summer, discover 25 More Uses for WD-40 in the Home & Garden. Or explore the full WD-40 blog for even more handy tips!