It takes a few simple steps to maximise the life of our outdoor commercial, street and park furniture – particularly in extreme environments where it is exposed to harsh conditions or treatment.
Take the time to decide early if your site is exposed to abrasive or corrosive elements, direct harsh sunlight or high ultra violet radiation, and potential vandalism. If so, it’s crucial to plan and undertake the right preventative maintenance.
Street and park furniture in coastal areas are at risk
Our furniture is engineered from high quality marine grade alloys, utilises stainless steel fasteners and specially formulated hybrid coatings, it can take many years for corrosion to effect their structural integrity. However, extreme conditions will cause surface rust on the powder coated surfaces and on the stainless steel fastenings if the corrosive residue is not regularly washed off.
Furniture subjected to extreme conditions should be thoroughly washed down every month
An entire wash down with detergent will remove salt build-up, road grime, and other extraneous matter, all of which can limit park and urban street furniture life. Extreme cases should be washed with high-pressure washers or hoses, taking care to flush out narrow gaps and ledges of any corrosive residue. The process should include an initial water blast, detergent water blast, and then a wash down with clean water. Inhibitors should then be re-applied immediately. Detergents such as dish washing detergents can be corrosive and should be avoided.
Some components need additional maintenance in high UV areas to prevent fading and cracking
Furniture situated in tropical or sub tropical areas, desert conditions and areas prone to high ultra violet readings are constantly subjected to extremes in heat radiation. Plastic components and powder coated surfaces will need additional maintenance in these conditions to help fading or cracking.
Regular inspection and repair is required in high profile areas where vandalism is a risk
Where street furniture is located in high-profile parks, eateries or vandal prone areas, regular inspection and repair will ensure longevity of life. Ask your Urban Effects representative about our anti-vandal and theft features.
Furniture in extremely corrosive areas must be treated with a corrosion inhibitor
Urban Effects can supply this upon request. Initially, the inhibitor should be applied on all surfaces that could corrode including alloy, stainless steel, and galvanised or powder coated steel, then a regular treatment on all welds and joints etc. that are most susceptible to corrosion. The inhibitor should be applied at three monthly intervals to cool dry surfaces only. Scratches and damaged coatings should also be cleaned and treated with inhibitor.
Timber needs preventative maintenance
As timber is a natural product, exposure to harsh elements without the necessary preventative maintenance will allow weathering and cracking over time. This can easily be prevented by treating all timber surfaces with a UV resistant oil twice yearly or three times in more severe conditions. Premium hardwoods, such as spotted gum is a low maintenance timber and will only require a light regular oiling to maintain its appearance and strength.