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How to care for your metal furniture in humid weather

Because metal is affected by both air and moisture, it’s especially tough to maintain and protect metal furniture in Singapore’s hot and humid weather. To help you, we’ve sussed out the best ways to keep your metal furniture or feature in mint condition:

Aluminium
While aluminium doesn’t rust, it can discolour and develop a rough surface through oxidisation.


- If the surface is rough, polish it with a steel-wool pot cleaner soaked in soapy water.
- If it becomes mildly discoloured, wash with a mixture of baking soda, water and lemon juice.



Copper
Remember to polish your copper surfaces with a soft dry cloth once a month.

bathroom, copper sink,
- If it becomes dull and tarnished, apply acidic liquids like vinegar or lemon.
- Remove grime by rubbing a mixture of salt and vinegar on the surface.



Cast iron and steel
Furniture made from cast iron is extremely durable, but will rust easily if it isn’t covered with paint or a metal finish. If the protective layer is broken, the iron will start to rust too.

cast iron furniture, outdoor furniture,
- Use sandpaper or rust remover from hardware stores to remove small rust spots.
- Seal your iron surface with paint, a rust protector or a sealant once you’ve removed rust. It is also advisable to cover outdoor cast-iron furniture pieces with a plastic cover to protect them from the rain.



Stainless steel
The easiest metal to care for, stainless steel requires you to wipe its surface with only a damp cloth and a touch of detergent.
kitchen, backsplash, stainless steel,

Tip! Prevent rusting of your metal furniture or parts by giving them a coat of car paste wax. You can find it in hardware stores and petrol stations. It’ll provide a barrier between the metal and the air’s moisture.

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