elps-gardenfurniture-cleaningWood- clean with a pressure washer or stiff brush and water; apply wood preserver to non-treated softwoods, and apply, if desired, teak oil to hardwoods once a year to keep their colour.

bench cleaningCast iron- clean with a damp cloth. It rusts slowly when exposed to air. You will need to sand down (or use a wire brush/wire wool) damaged areas and apply a rust converter, followed by an undercoat and topcoat of paint.

Aluminium- wipe down with a damp cloth, and oil all fittings and moving parts.

patioset_electricsanderPlastic and resin- clean with a damp cloth and detergent, or with a proprietary spray cleaner.

pressurewashingStone- clean with a pressure washer or stiff brush and soapy water.

Upholstery- use a proprietary liquid or spray for cleaning.

Source: ‘Short Cuts to Great Gardens’- Reader’s Digest 1999

Old School Gardener