FURNITURE MAINTENANCE

Purchasing new aluminum patio furniture is a big investment and you will want to keep it looking good and safe for a long time. This can be done by following these easy instructions.

 

A WORD ABOUT WHAT DAMAGES FURNITURE
The most damaging materials are suntan oils, human perspiration, and environmental pollutants such as unfiltered well or ground water, pollen from trees, exhaust and salty air*. When these materials are baked by the
sun into the finish/vinyl/fabric of outdoor furniture day after day without proper cleaning and waxing, damage will result.
*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.

 

Tools/Products you will need
  • Dawn detergent (mild biodegradable liquid soap)
  • Soft Sponge
  • Soft Bristle Brush (and extension pole for umbrella top cleaning)
  • Bucket
  • Water Hose
  • High grade automotive liquid wax

 

Proper care and maintenance
CLEANING MIXTURE AND STEPS: Combine 1/4 cup (2 oz.) mild biodegradable liquid soap with one gallon of lukewarm water. Wet furniture with water using hose.  Dip sponge (or brush) into bucket of
cleaning mixture and wipe down all parts of the furniture. After cleaning, rinse furniture thoroughly with house.  Reminder: NEVER USE ABRASIVE CLEANERS OR BLEACH.
FREQUENCY OF CLEANINGS:  Clean using the above directions every few weeks. In between cleanings, wash or spray down with water regularly.
VINYL STRAPS:  Use soft sponge or brush, based on how dirty vinyl straps are. Please note that with basket weave straps, be sure to lift and clean beneath the strap at strap intersections.
POWDER COAT FINISHES:  Use soft sponge. Powder coat and painted finishes are used on aluminum frames and table tops, and even umbrella poles. In addition to frequent cleanings, additional protection
can be gained with the use of a clear liquid car wax. Over time the finish may dull, just the same as if a car is not waxed. Product used in a coastal environment may experience additional demands on the surface finish
due to the salt air. Quarterly waxing of the finish is recommended to maintain a strong finish that will withstand the demands of this type of environment. This is recommended to clean away any buildup of salt residue
and the possibility of oxidation.
SLlNG, CUSHION and UMBRELLA FABRIC:  Use soft brush (when cleaning umbrella tops, use extension pole on open tops). The life of furniture fabric largely depends on its care. Fabric life can be extended
simply by regular cleaning. Clean all spills promptly, clean regularly with Dawn, and rinse regularly with water.
TABLE TOPS: Use a glass cleaner with ammonia. 

 

MORE IMPORTANT INFO
UMBRELLAS: Always close umbrellas in their stands when not in use. Umbrellas must always be closed and removed from service in windy conditions to protect umbrellas against damage from inclement
weather, and to protect persons from potential injury due to umbrellas toppling or moving in such conditions.
If umbrellas become wet, open for a complete airing and make certain they are thoroughly dry before closing.
Occasional lubrication of the moving parts of umbrellas and with a silicon lubricant spray is recommended. Caution: Do NOT get lubricant on fabric or finish.
FRAMES: Regularly tighten all hardware to avoid loosening which can lead to bolt failure and product breakage. Replace missing hardware (remove product from service until repaired). Regularly tighten
the headrest bolts on all chaise lounges and recliners. Confirm movement is smooth
without binding and that the ratchet engages properly at each position.
GLIDES/END CAPS: Glides (often referred to as “nylon feet”) are sometimes lost or become worn with use, and should be replaced when lost or worn for stability and safety. Replacement glides and end
caps are available from Outdoor Furniture Connection.
Furniture should be checked annually for worn/missing caps.