Get all the information you need for furniture care, fabric care and teak refinishing. Outdoor living and entertaining has always been a favorite during warm weather. The selection of materials and styles for your patio, deck, backyard or garden furniture is as varied as ever.
Following some simple care suggestions will extend the life of your outdoor furniture and provide you with the perfomance you expected. The methods of care for your outdoor teak furniture will differ from the care and maintenance needed for your aluminum and stainless steel furniture.
Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for cleaning and maintaining the finish at regular intervals. Some outdoor furniture finishes require reapplication at regular intervals.
New teak furniture often has a slight surface sheen. This sheen is from the oil that naturally occurs in teak wood. This surface oil will be washed away after a short time outdoors. The oils and resins that remain inside give teak its lasting durability. Over time when left outdoors, teak furniture will naturally age to a handsome silver-gray. This gradual process usually takes from five to twelve months depending on local conditions. The weathering process will eventually leave your furniture with a look of timeless beauty. Water spots or other discoloration may occur early in the weathering process. After the wood has been exposed to moisture the surface grain may raise slightly. Some small cracks may also develop in the wood surface. This is a natural weathering effect and will soon blend into the surrounding surface. The slight separation of the grain has no effect on the strength and longevity of the furniture. Teak will return to its original smooth feel after the initial weathering process. Cleaning with a soft bristle brush and soapy water will help return the surface to a smooth finish.
Once the furniture has taken on a weathered surface, it is easily maintained by an annual cleaning with a soft bristled brush and soapy water to remove accumulated dirt. Most dirt and stains can be removed with soapy water and a brush. For tough stains and mildew add one part household bleach to two parts water in the soap solution. Rinse well with clean water after washing. Pressure washers are to be avoided as they can scour and roughen the wood surface. Also, the use of steel wool is not recommended as it can leave a residue that can produce rust spots.
Periodic cleaning of frames is recommended. Simply wash with mild soap and rinse thoroughly. DO NOT use any kind of wax, abrasive materials or strong detergents on textured finishes.
All high-quality outdoor Sunbrella ® fabrics features a soil- and stain-resistant finish that makes cleaning a breeze. Spot wash by sponging briskly with a soapy solution of mild soap in lukewarm water. Rinse thoroughly with clean water to remove soap and air dry. You can also clean the cover in your washing machine; however do not use your dryer. After the wash cycle, simply put the damp cover back on the frame on the umbrella and let air dry. Solution-dyed acrylic does not promote mildew growth. However, mildew may grow on dirt and other foreign substances that are not removed from the fabric. Simply wash your cover to remove mildew.
Sling products are created from select fabrics, which are stretched on to the furniture frame providing a firm, yet very comfortable seating experience. The sling furniture product line is a very popular choice and has several unique advantages, primarily associated with its care and maintenance.
Sling fabrics allow water and air to flow through for quick drying.
Sling fabrics remain quite cool due to the flow-through nature of the fabric weave.
Sling fabrics are easy to clean - simply wash and rinse with your garden hose. For more difficult stains, mix three gallons of warm water with one cup of household bleach and one cup of mild detergent. Apply with brush and rinse thoroughly. Do not use solvent type materials which will cause the yarn to become brittle.
Restrapping & Refinishing
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