Patio Furniture Tips:
For light cleaning brush off any loose dirt, prepare a solution of 1/4 cup mild soap per gallon of lukewarm water, and use a sponge or soft brittle brush to clean. Allow solution to absorb into the fabric. Rinse throughly and allow fabric to air dry.
Sunbrella fabric does not promote mildew growth, however, mildew may grow on dirt and other foreign substances that are not removed from the fabric. To clean mildew, or other stubborn stains:
Prepare a solution of 8 ounces (1 cup) of bleach and 2 ounces (1/4 cup) of mild soap per gallon of clean water.
1. Spray on entire area and allow to soak into the fabric.
2. Scrub vigorously with a soft bristle brush, sponge, or clean towel.
3. Rinse thoroughly to remove all soap residue.
4. Allow fabric to air dry.
If stain and/or mildew are severe, bleach quantities may be increased. For removable Sunbrella fabric umbrella and cushion covers, machine wash in cold water (less than 100F/38C). Depending on wash load size, use normal amounts of mild laundry soap and add 1 cup of bleach. Allow fabric to air dry.
Vinyl wicker outdoor furniture requires very little maintenance. All good quality outdoor wicker has aluminum frames which will not rust and quality UV inhibited strand that will not fade, dry out, or break. To clean outdoor wicker furniture brush off any loose dirt, prepare a solution of 1/4 cup mild soap per gallon of lukewarm water, and use a soft brittle brush to clean. A good cover will help keep you new furniture clean and dry for immediate use.
Cast aluminum furniture is the lowest maintenance of all styles of outdoor furniture. To clean this furniture use mild soap and water, rinse it to remove sticky soap residue, and protect it with an automotive paste wax. This furniture is commonly left outside year round.
Caring for wrought iron patio furniture is very simple. Wash the pieces with a soap solution, taking care to rinse well after washing. About twice a year, you should apply an automotive wax to the wrought iron to help protect and preserve it. If any rust is detected touch it up immediately to prevent its spread. Any rust is only cosmetic and is easy to remedy with one of our exact match touch up paints.
As with wrought iron furniture sling furniture should be cleaned twice a year. Fill a plastic bucket with warm water. Add 1/2 cup liquid soap (Ivory, Dove, etc.) and 1/2 to 1 cup bleach. Mix together and apply as though with an old towel or sponge. Allow cleaning mixture to sit for five minutes, then rinse thoroughly. The frame of the furniture can be waxed to preserve the paint finish.
A solution made of a 25:75 mixture of a bleach with a mild detergent in water work well for cleaning teak furniture. This can be done with a soft bristle brush. Once the furniture is cleaned, the entire piece should be rinsed well. Cleaning can be peformed on weathered furniture as well as teak treated to remain golden brown. We also sell teak cleaner, which can be used to bring back the natural color of teak furniture if it has been allowed to weather into its silver gray color. Irrespective of how long the furniture has been left outside, they can be restored to their original honey brown color using the teak cleaner. This restorative process is quite easy without requiring much hard scrubbing.