To Outdoor furniture needs to be maintained often to keep it looking great season after season. The life of your patio furniture largely depends on its care. With a few easy preventive measures, you can prevent or at least delay having to deep clean your outdoor furniture, and keep it clean and maintain its durability.
Regularly tighten all hardware to avoid loosening which can lead to bolt failure and product breakage. Replace missing hardware (remove product from use until repaired). Regularly tighten the headrest bolts on chaise lounges and recliners. Confirm movement is smooth without binding and that ratchets engages properly at each position.
Although many outdoor fabrics and woven frames are mildew resistant, exposure to the outdoor elements can result in mildew and mold forming. This is why it is so important to clean your outdoor furniture often. The life of outdoor furniture can be extended by simply rinsing down the patio furniture regularly with water.
Some suntan and sun block products may be harmful to fabrics such as Resin, Suncloth cushions, Versatex mesh and vinyl lace and straps and can permanently discolor it. Do not allow such products to come in contact with any seating surfaces to avoid deep, penetrating stains. If contact is made, cleaning the fabric immediately with a non-abrasive, mild soap and water solution followed by a fresh water rinse may minimize the possibility of discoloration.
Apply a quality vinyl protectant to guard against the effects of air pollution, salt air build-up and mildew. To remove difficult stains use rubbing alcohol applied with a soft cloth.
Woven furnishings are made of durable and weatherproof extruded polyethylene resin-weave. Light stains and soils may be removed with a solution of mild detergent and water, rinsed with clean water and dried thoroughly. Mildew and heavy stains can be removed with a quality commercial outdoor furniture cleaner and protectant. Woven furnishings may not be suitable for intensely hot climates.
Remove light stains with a solution of mild detergent and water, then rinse with clean water and dry thoroughly. Mildew and heavy stains can be removed with a quality commercial outdoor furniture cleaner and protectant.
Polyester fabric with PVC coating (“sling” fabric on some outdoor furniture)
The recommended cleaning is mild soap and water. The “Sling” may come out of the box looking a little “wrinkly” in smaller places on the frames etc., however, these wrinkles can be smoothened by applying extra heat … or in most cases it will straighten itself being exposed to sunshine.
Stone and marble tops
The tabletops are designed for normal outdoor use in residential settings. To maintain the natural beauty we recommend applying a stone-enhancing sealer every six months to protect and restore the top. This step can be repeated each year and before the winter season.
If the tabletop is stained with products such as wine, soda, coffee or other colorants of organic origin, clean these spills immediately with a mild detergent then rinse with water.
Glass tops can be cleaned with light soap and warm water.
Painted aluminum frames
Painted finishes used on aluminum seating, tables and umbrellas requires cleaning of the finish periodically. Regular cleaning with mild soap and water using a sponge or soft bristle brush will remove dirt and concentrated deposits, and protect the furniture finish from build-up of from salty air and chlorides from swimming pools. Avoid using abrasive cleaners. Rinse thoroughly.
For all metal frames, apply a fine, clear automobile wax for maximum protection against harmful ultraviolet exposure and salt air.
For best protection, perform this maintenance three to four times per year or more if needed. Please note that these durable materials can be safely cleaned as often as desired.
In seaside use, salt can accumulate on the finish, leading to finish failure. In indoor pool areas, chlorides can accumulate on the finish, leading to finish failure. In both of these environments, repeated cycles of condensation followed by evaporation cause build-up of these aggressive corrosives. Regular cleaning and maintenance will help protect the furniture finish.