Outdoor Furniture Care
Use these tips to help you keep your outdoor furniture looking good and lasting longer.
In summary, treat your quality outdoor furniture just like you would a high end car. It is perfectly fine outdoors but will stay cleaner and last longer if you cover and take care of it. When cleaning is necessary, clean with a soft bristle brush, mild soap and a standard garden hose(no pressure washers)
NOTE : In coastal areas many outdoor living spaces such as balconies receive the harsh salt air but are shielded from clean rain water. If this is the case, it is important to rinse your furniture often with fresh water)
With winter approaching it's important to take steps now to protect your outdoor furniture from freeze damage. Freezing temperatures can cause damage to some metal frames and can cause or worsen cracks/splinters in wood furniture. See our care tips below to help you prepare for winter.
Wicker furniture should be cleaned periodically with soap and water. If you are near salt water we recommend rinsing with a hose as often as possible. If you plan to leave your furniture out all year long we recommend that you store your cushions indoors or use high quality breathable covers to help protect your furniture from debris and excessive sunlight.
Teak is extremely durable and can be cleaned with soap and water. Tough stains can be lightly sanded with fine-grit sandpaper. It is a best practice to seal teak with water based teak sealer twice a year. Some people prefer to let their teak age to a silver grey finish but if you prefer to keep your teak looking its original golden color you can apply a teak cleaner and teak sealer.
Aluminum furniture should be cleaned periodically with mild soap and water (Abrasive cleaners can damage the finish). If your furniture is exposed to saltwater you should rinse it often to prevent salt deposits from damaging your finish. You can apply car wax to enhance and protect the finish as well. You should protect your aluminum furniture from Freeze Damage by: ensuring that tubular (hollow) aluminum does not have standing water inside, using high quality breathable covers or by moving your furniture indoors.
Quality outdoor cushions can be cleaned with soap and water.
For tough stains on dyed acrylic fabrics such as Sunbrella use the following cleaning solution
- 4oz. chlorine bleach
- 2 oz mild ddish detergent
- 1 Gallon of Water