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.
Maintenance 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.
How to clean outdoor Fabric
Brush off dirt and clean all spills immediately to avoid embedded stains.
To remove basic stains on cushions, spot clean your outdoor fabric with ¼ cup mild dish soap and 1 gallon of water (never use bleach on outdoor fabric). If a more general cleaning is needed, gently wash the furniture using a sponge with a solution of mild detergent and water.
Hose off your cushions as needed to remove dirt, debris and any soap residue.
Allow at least 24 hours for wet cushions to dry (never use a hairdryer or steamer on your cushions or put them in the dryer).
Bring your cushions inside or to a protected area when not in use. If bringing your cushions inside to store is not an option, tilt and angle your cushions on the seat after use AND after rainfall. Do not submerse or allow cushions to lie in standing water. This is the most important “TIP” of all. When you angle the cushions it allows for the water to fully drain out of the core and the fabric, and allows for the cushions to fully dry. Doing this after rainfall will greatly reduce the potential for retaining water in the cushion which is the biggest culprit for mildew.
Use outdoor furniture covers when not in use.
Cushions used under trees should be kept free of natural debris -- the second biggest culprit for mildew after standing water.
For a deeper cleaning, mildew and heavy stains can be removed with a quality commercial outdoor furniture cleaner and protectant. Always test in an inconspicuous location first and always follow manufacturer’s instructions carefully.
Re-treat outdoor fabrics after deep cleaning or every 5 years (303 High Tech Fabric Guard™ recommended).
Do not dry clean or use a washing machine or dryer.
Do not steam, use heat nor use hot water at temperatures above 100 degrees Fahrenheit when washing.
Be careful to keep cleaning products for other than fabrics from contact with the cushions, as these products may cause discoloration.
Do not use chlorine based cleaners in general.
Do not use bleach or bleach solutions on printed acrylic fabrics unless specifically listed as a cleaning agent for the specific fabric, such as for solution dyed acrylics.
Do not use solvent-type materials on woven vinyl, woven blend or ultra-woven blend fabrics as they will damage the yarns.
Do not use harsh detergents or stiff bristle brushes.
Do not use Pine Oil cleaners or abrasive household cleaners.
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.
How to clean Other outdoor items:
Vinyl straps 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 furniture 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.
Versatex Mesh 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 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.
Caution: 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.