There are a number of advantages to steel which makes it an excellent choice for outdoor furniture, these include;
STABLE & DURABLE:
Strength to weight, Steel frames not only offer style, they also offer superior strength and durability. Steel can withstand a higher load capacity per unit area than Aluminium with less risk of fracture. The durable powder coat finish offers further protection from the elements.
IT IS HEAVY:
Steel being a heavier material than aluminium, it is far less likely to be blown around during strong winds. This makes it a particularly ideal choice for those who live in open areas and balconies prone to high wind gusts.
MINIMAL MAINTENANCE REQUIRED:
Steel outdoor furniture frames require very little upkeep and care to maintain its look and functionality. A light rinse with a garden hose or spot cleaning with mild soap and water is usually sufficient. However, as steel is vulnerable to corrosion, we recommend keeping dry and clean and covered when not in use.
HOW DO WE PROTECT STEEL FROM RUST
Pickling is a metal surface treatment used to remove impurities, such as stains, inorganic contaminants, rust or scale from ferrous metals. A solution called pickle liquor, which contains strong acids is used to remove the surface impurities. It is commonly used to descale or clean steel in various steel making processes.
The process involves submerging the metal part into a phosphoric acid solution whose key ingredient is often zinc or manganese with varying additional amounts of nitrates , chlorates and copper. In one of the many processes that have been developed, the solution is heated to a temperature of 88–99 °C for a period ranging between 5 and 45 minutes. A stream of small bubbles is emitted from the metal part as the process takes place, when the bubbling stops, the process is complete.
The steel is coated with a powder of enamel, heat curing epoxy or a plastic compound that has been treated with a solvent to help it stick to the surface. The steel part is then placed in an oven. The molten powder doesn't liquefy enough to run or drip, but it does “self level” flowing into itself to fill in small gaps and even out the overall thickness of the coating.As it cools, the coating hardens and permanently seals the steel away from the environment.
STEEL CARE & MAINTENANCE
For daily care and spills, simply wipe clean using a soft, dry cloth. To remove dirt and grime, periodically clean using a sponge and mild detergent solution as required.
To protect the finish, avoid the use of abrasive chemicals, harsh cleaners, rough cleaning pads and polishes.
To guard against fading, any Outdoor Furniture exposed to direct sunlight or the everyday elements, we recommend the use of outdoor furniture covers. For cushions exposed to direct sunlight or the everyday elements, we recommend storage of cushions when not in use.