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Iron Kitchen Islands and Kitchen Carts — Outdoor Maintenenace Guide

Iron Outdoor Maintenance

When cared for properly, iron kitchen islands and kitchen carts can last for generations. Knowing how to care for your iron kitchen island and kitchen cart furniture will greatly enhance your investment and enjoyment.


  • Clean iron kitchen island furniture regularly with warm soapy water and then dry thoroughly.
  • Apply car wax periodically to prolong the life of the finish on your kitchen island or kitchen cart.
  • Keep all moving parts on your kitchen island or kitchen cart well greased.
  • Immediately touch up any scratches or rust on your kitchen island or kitchen cart by lightly sanding the spot with fine steel wool, then apply rust-inhibitive primer and paint. A topcoat of wax or clear sealer will add further protection to your kitchen island or kitchen cart. (The most common reason iron rusts is because the finish has been chipped, thus exposing bare metal to the elements.)
  • Never let iron furniture sit in a puddle of water. If needed, use adhesive pads to lift your kitchen island or kitchen cart above damp surfaces.
  • During the winter and rainy months, keep kitchen island furniture covered or bring indoors.
  • Cover stone tops to protect from moisture when freezing temperatures are possible.

Seaside Usage

Salt water is most damaging to any finish. It is not recommended that you leave any iron product outdoors in a seaside environment. Should you opt to use your iron kitchen island or kitchen cart near the ocean, we recommend it be stored in a protected area or covered when not in use. Immediately repair any areas on your kitchen island or kitchen cart where the finish has been compromised.