Care & Maintenance

Care & Maintanence2017-12-06T13:46:55+00:00

Now that your furniture is in place, we’d like to offer you some sound advice on keeping it looking vibrant and clean throughout the years. These methods are manufacturer recommended as well as through years of experience, tried and true concepts and methods that really work.

All Frames (Wrought Iron, Aluminum, Cast Aluminum, Wicker) & Finishes

Some basic cleaning and the use of protectants on a regular basis will extend the life of your furniture frames. Simply leaving your furniture outside in the elements for years without cleaning nor applying any protectant will cause the finish to fade due to the harsh U/V rays from the sun and the build up of surface dirt. If you live close to the coast, the sea air combined with the sun’s powerful U/V rays will exponentially age your furniture. Think about it: would you buy a new car and not wash it for seven years then take it back to the dealer to ask why the finish has faded? Furniture should be cleaned at least once every 2-3 months with the use of water and a mild detergent. Avoid using abrasive materials, cleaners, car wax or bleach products on frames. Rinse with clean water and dry thoroughly.

When the frame is dry, we recommend applying a protectant to the frame evenly with a clean sponge or lint-free rag and allow it to dry thoroughly before use. This protectant is similar to products used on cars to protect bumpers from U/V rays and premature aging. However, we DO NOT recommend using car products. Use only products designated for outdoor furniture use as some car products have harsh chemicals and have a lower viscosity level, offering little to no protection. Ensure you pay attention to the glides on the bottom of your furniture collections. These over time will wear down and cause the frames to come in contact with the surface of your deck or patio. When the frames come in contact with decks or patios without the glides in place providing that 1/2 inch barrier, the bottom of the frame will rub off the finish causing moisture to then be able to enter the finish from the bottom. This causes the finish to start to peel, chip, crack or bubble. Avoid dragging furniture and monitor the life of the foot pads on the bottom of the furniture. 

Recommended Products: 303 Aerospace Protectant , 303 Multi-Surface Cleaner, 303 Fabric Guard, Faron
Guard, Simple Green and/or a Mild Dishwashing liquid such as Dawn.

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Cushions & Fabrics – SUNBRELLA® Fabric Care

Sunbrella® fabrics are extremely durable and designed to last in the harsh elements. One of the best ways to extend the life of your textile products is regular light cleaning. This avoids deep, vigorous cleaning intervals and maintains the fabric’s endurance properties. For normal cleaning, brush off any dirt or debris build-up with a soft bristle brush on a regular bases and wipe off any spills as quickly as they occur. Hose off cushions on a monthly basis to prevent a build up of debris.

For deeper cleaning, wash briskly with sponge or soft brush using a solution of mild detergent and warm water. Rinse thoroughly with clean water. Allow to air dry. Occasionally, one cup of household bleach can be mixed with 1/4 cup of detergent for every gallon of water for heavy duty stains on fabrics. When drying cushions, place them in an upright position in the sun and rotate them every 30 minutes. This will allow the cushions to completely drain and dry quickly.

  • Apply a light mist of mild soap and water mixture using a spray bottle.

  • Remove stain with a sponge or very soft bristle brush.

  • Rinse thoroughly to remove all soap residue. Wet-vacuum or blot excess water.

  • Allow to air dry. Rinse and repeat drying steps until all soap residue is removed.

  • For stubborn stains or mildew, prepare a solution of 1 cup bleach and 1/4 cup of mild soap per gallon of clean water.*

  • Soak affected area in solution for 15 minutes.

  • Remove stain with a sponge, clean towel or soft bristle brush until all soap residue is removed.

  • Rinse thoroughly to remove all soap residue. Allow fabric to air dry.

Check out “Sunbrella® : How to Clean Your Upholstery” on Vimeo

Sunbrella’s Interactive Stain Chart

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • DO NOT dry clean Sunbrella fabrics. As part of Sunbrella fabric finishing process, Sunbrella fabrics are treated with a fluorocarbon finish, which enhances water repellent properties. This finish is designed to last for several years, but must be replenished after a thorough cleaning with Fabric Guard.

  • Machine drying is not recommended. If fabric has some wrinkling, use an iron, if necessary, but only on the synthetic* setting which should NOT exceed 150°F/66°C. DO NOT use a steamer or iron set to steam setting.

  • To help keep your furniture from unnecessary wear store your cushions when not in use or cover them with a breathable furniture cover.

Recommended Products: 303 Aerospace Protectant , 303 Multi-Surface Cleaner, 303 Fabric Guard, Faron Guard, Faron Clean, Simple Green and/or a Mild Dishwashing liquid such as Dawn.

Slings, Straps & Fabrics – NON-Sunbrella® – PVC Blends PHIFERTEX / TWITCHELL

Sling and straps are among the easiest materials to clean next to the frames. If properly maintained with a few simple steps, sling or strap furniture can last years, even uncovered. Simply wet your furniture, then apply a non-foaming cleanser such as Simple Green use a non-abrasive sponge to clean any problem areas.

NOTE: It is important to use a non-foaming cleaner on slings, as a foaming product will leave residues in the gaps in-between the weave which will then attract dirt. You can also use a pressure washer on a low setting to clean both slings and straps without cleansers.

We recommend cleaning the fabric once or twice yearly for moderate use, more for heavy-use applications.
The use of certain sun blocks and suntan lotions, which can contain harsh chemicals, may permanently discolor or damage a fabric. If direct contact occurs, clean promptly.

  • Prepare cleaning solution using 1 tbsp. liquid dish detergent and 2 tbsp. household bleach mixed in a gallon of water. Clean fabric using sponge or soft cloth dipped in solution.

  • Rinse thoroughly with clean water and air dry. Rinse and repeat drying steps until all soap residue is removed.

  • When drying cushions, place them in an upright position and rotate them every 30 minutes. This will allow the cushions to completely drain and dry quickly.

Recommended Products: 303 Aerospace Protectant , 303 Multi-Surface Cleaner, 303 Fabric Guard, Faron Guard, Faron Clean, Simple Green and/or a Mild Dishwashing liquid such as Dawn.

Slings, Straps & Fabrics – NON-Sunbrella® – PVC Blends PHIFERTEX / TWITCHELL

Sling and straps are among the easiest materials to clean next to the frames. If properly maintained with a few simple steps, sling or strap furniture can last years, even uncovered. Simply wet your furniture, then apply a non-foaming cleanser such as Simple Green use a non-abrasive sponge to clean any problem areas.

NOTE: It is important to use a non-foaming cleaner on slings, as a foaming product will leave residues in the gaps in-between the weave which will then attract dirt. You can also use a pressure washer on a low setting to clean both slings and straps without cleansers.

We recommend cleaning the fabric once or twice yearly for moderate use, more for heavy-use applications.
The use of certain sun blocks and suntan lotions, which can contain harsh chemicals, may permanently discolor or damage a fabric. If direct contact occurs, clean promptly.

  • Prepare cleaning solution using 1 tbsp. liquid dish detergent and 2 tbsp. household bleach mixed in a gallon of water. Clean fabric using sponge or soft cloth dipped in solution.

  • Rinse thoroughly with clean water and air dry. Rinse and repeat drying steps until all soap residue is removed.

  • When drying cushions, place them in an upright position and rotate them every 30 minutes. This will allow the cushions to completely drain and dry quickly.

Recommended Products: 303 Aerospace Protectant , 303 Multi-Surface Cleaner, 303 Fabric Guard, Faron Guard, Faron Clean, Simple Green and/or a Mild Dishwashing liquid such as Dawn.

All-Weather Wicker Maintenance

Follow the instructions for cleaning the frames above to maintain the life and beauty of your tables. For glass tops, use any glass cleaner with ammonia or equal parts water and ammonia to remove dirt, spills, etc.

For Stone or Mosaic Table Tops – These table tops should be cleaned weekly. Simply brush off any surface dirt and debris with a soft brush and clean with either a mild detergent or Simple Green. Rinse thoroughly and dry with a terry-cotton towel or chamois. Spills on the table should be cleaned up as they occur since over time the offending matter can penetrate the sealant and cause damage. All stone or mosaic tops should be re-sealed ever 6-12 months with a stone sealant/protectant. Avoid Ammonia based cleaners on stone or mosaic tables as it can cause premature break down of the table sealant.

For Porcelain tile tops – These beautiful tops are durable and very easy to maintain. Porcelain tiles are made from porcelain clays which is a denser, finer grained clay making them stronger once fired than non-porcelain ceramic tiles. Moreover, porcelain tiles have a low water absorption rate (less than 0.5%) making them very frost resistant. Keep porcelain table tops free of dust with regular cleanings. Clean with a mild liquid soap, water, and a clean soft rag, followed by a clean water rinse to remove soap residue. For tougher stains such as dirt build-up, food, etc, use a pH-balanced cleaner made for use on porcelain. Always store or cover the tops during extended periods of non-use.

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Tables, Table Bases & Table Top Maintenance

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Follow the instructions for cleaning the frames above to maintain the life and beauty of your tables. For glass tops, use any glass cleaner with ammonia or equal parts water and ammonia to remove dirt, spills, etc.

For Stone or Mosaic Table Tops – These table tops should be cleaned weekly. Simply brush off any surface dirt and debris with a soft brush and clean with either a mild detergent or Simple Green. Rinse thoroughly and dry with a terry-cotton towel or chamois. Spills on the table should be cleaned up as they occur since over time the offending matter can penetrate the sealant and cause damage. All stone or mosaic tops should be re-sealed ever 6-12 months with a stone sealant/protectant. Avoid Ammonia based cleaners on stone or mosaic tables as it can cause premature break down of the table sealant.

For Porcelain tile tops – These beautiful tops are durable and very easy to maintain. Porcelain tiles are made from porcelain clays which is a denser, finer grained clay making them stronger once fired than non-porcelain ceramic tiles. Moreover, porcelain tiles have a low water absorption rate (less than 0.5%) making them very frost resistant. Keep porcelain table tops free of dust with regular cleanings. Clean with a mild liquid soap, water, and a clean soft rag, followed by a clean water rinse to remove soap residue. For tougher stains such as dirt build-up, food, etc, use a pH-balanced cleaner made for use on porcelain. Always store or cover the tops during extended periods of non-use.

Umbrellas, Shades & Pavilions

Follow the instructions for cleaning the type of fabric you have. Most Umbrellas we carry have the Sunbrella or olefin fabric. Either way, stains and dirt should be addressed as soon as they occur.

  • All umbrellas & shades should be closed when not in use.

  • All umbrellas & shades should have an adequate base securely attached with screws to prevent uplift.

  • During periods of High Wind, remove umbrellas & shades to avoid unnecessary damages to other furniture.

  • Clean Fabrics as stated above

  • Pavilions should be anchored properly and curtains drawn back or removed during high winds.

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