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HOW TO CARE FOR TEAK FURNITURE

Teak is regarded as one of the most beautiful, high-quality woods manufactured today. It’s a very dense, straight-grained hardwood with a coarse texture, high natural oil content, and a distinctively aromatic scent (often compared to leather).

Widely renowned for its durability and resistance to rotting, teak is almost impervious to the effects of sun, rain, frost, and snow. Its high level of resinous oil acts as a natural insect repellent, giving it a very high resistance to termites.

THE WEATHERING OF TEAK

Over time, teak furniture will attain a handsome silvery-gray patina as it weathers. This process takes approximately nine months, depending on the amount of sunlight and rain exposure. During weathering, a slight lifting of the grain may occur on the tops of the arms and legs, and you may even see a few cracks. This is not considered a defect, but a natural expanding and contracting of the wood. The grain will return to its original smooth finish after the weathering process is complete.

CLEANING YOUR TEAK OUTDOOR FURNITURE

If you prefer to keep your teak patio furniture at its original golden color instead of letting it weather to a silvery-gray patina, simply perform some light sanding and then apply a teak cleaner and protectant. The oils will penetrate, nourish and help restore the original look of your teak.

Teak can be cleaned with a hose. To remove stains, lightly sand away areas that are stained with fine-grit sandpaper.

HOW TO CLEAN ALUMINUM FURNITURE

Aluminum furniture should be cleaned periodically using mild soap and lukewarm water. Do not use abrasive cleaners. For maximum protection against harmful ultraviolet exposure, we recommend a yearly application of a clear automobile wax.

If you live in seaside climates or have a saltwater pool, regular (weekly) cleaning with will greatly help remove the concentrated salt deposits that can lead to finish failure. A clear automobile wax also offers protection from the salt air.

High-quality outdoor furniture covers are recommended if you plan to leave your aluminum furniture outdoors all year. Before placing covers on your furniture, clean any debris with mild soap and water then dry completely with a soft cloth. Trapped debris or moisture can cause surfaces to mold. If you choose to move your furniture indoors, make sure it’s clean and dry and stored in a moisture free environment.

HOW TO CLEAN OUTDOOR CUSHIONS

Our cushions are crafted to provide years of comfort and performance in a variety of climates and conditions. However, after extended or heavy rain, some water may penetrate your cushions’ foam core. If this occurs, stand them on end with the open zipper or seam side down to help drain the water and speed the drying process. Be sure the cushion’s core has completely dried before using.

To clean spills or stains on our solution-dyed fabrics, dilute one cup of chlorine bleach in one gallon of water and test in an inconspicuous area. Saturate a rag or brush in the bleach solution and scrub the entire cushion then rinse well with water and allow to air dry.

HOW TO CARE FOR ETCHED GLASS

Blotchiness- the most common need for care and maintenance
Oil from hands is one of the most common causes of Sandblasted glass losing it’s
original crisp look and looking blotchy. Following the below simple cleaning instructions will cure most problems that you will encounter.

Simple Cleaning Instructions:
1. Clean the sandblasted side of the glass with a good quality, non-streaking window cleaner. Spray the glass lightly and then wipe with a clean towel. Lint free terry towels are preferred. Paper towels can be used but many leave fine particles that can be felt if you run your hand over the glass. When the glass is dry, this “paper lint” can usually be lightly wiped off. Never use anything abrasive. Concentrate your cleaning more in the areas that are blotchy. IMPORTANT – Continue lightly drying the glass in circular motions until the moisture disappears. This prevents water lines or water spots. Hard repeated rubbing can start polishing areas of the glass and complicate the problem.

HOW TO CARE FOR SUNBRELLA

One of the best ways to keep Sunbrella fabrics looking good is to brush off dirt before it becomes embedded in the fabrics and wipe up spills or clean soon after a stain occurs. The quicker you clean spills and stains, the easier they can be to remove.

Try this first… With a new spill or stain on your Sunbrella fabric.
• Blot (don’t rub) liquid spills with a clean, dry cloth. For oil-based spills, apply an absorbent such as corn starch, then remove with a straight edge.
• Spray on a mild cleaning solution of soap (such as Dawn or Woolite) and water.
• Rinse the fabric thoroughly to remove all soap residue.
• Air dry.

Try this next… If your first try doesn’t get the stain completely out.
Though Sunbrella fabrics can be used both outdoors and in, your cleaning methods should differ slightly indoors and out because of the fabrication and manufacturing of the furniture. We recommend using the appropriate cleaning instructions for your application.

Outdoor Upholstery

Cleaning Removable Fabric

Hand Washing
Soak fabric in a solution of ¼ cup mild soap per gallon of lukewarm water. Use a sponge or very soft bristle brush to lightly agitate the stain. Then rinse thoroughly to remove all soap residue, and allow fabric to air dry.

Machine Washing
Some removable casings can be washed in the washing machine, however consult the furniture manufacturer before removing the casing as cushion construction may vary. To wash, first close all zippers. Machine wash in cold water on the delicate cycle with normal amounts of mild laundry detergent. For severe mold or mildew, add 1 cup of bleach. Allow fabric to air dry.

Cleaning Non-Removable Fabric

Prepare a solution of ¼ cup mild soap per gallon of lukewarm water. Use a soft bristle brush to clean, allowing the cleaning solution to soak into the fabric. Rinse thoroughly to remove all soap residue and allow fabric to air dry.

Mold and mildew stains

Sunbrella fabrics do not promote mildew growth, however, mildew may grow on dirt and other foreign substances if not removed from the fabric. To remove mold or mildew:
• Prepare a solution of 1 cup of bleach and ¼ cup mild soap per gallon of water.
• Spray on entire area and allow to soak into the fabric for 15 minutes.
• Clean entire surface area with a sponge, clean towel or very soft bristle brush.
• Rinse thoroughly to remove all soap residue.
• Air dry.
For severe mold/mildew growth, bleach quantities may be increased.
It is best to clean the entire surface area of the fabric to avoid water rings and stains.

Indoor Upholstery

• Apply a light mist of mild soap and water using a spray bottle.
• Work the solution into the stain by lightly agitating the entire surface area of the fabric, moving from seam to seam, with a sponge or very soft bristle brush. Avoid scrubbing, and do not use a hard bristled brush or anything that will abrade the fabric.
• Rinse the entire fabric thoroughly to remove all soap residue.
• Blot excess moisture with a clean, soft towel or sponge.
• Blot or wet-vacuum excess water from the entire surface area of the fabric, moving from seam to seam.
• Air dry. Repeat rinsing and blotting until all soap residue is removed.

Professional Cleaners

Inquire about a firm’s experience working with Sunbrella fabrics and knowledge of cleaning and re-treatment requirements.

Machine Washing

Some removable casings can be washed in the washing machine, however consult the furniture manufacturer before removing the casing as cushion construction may vary. To wash, first close all zippers. Machine wash in cold water on the delicate cycle with normal amounts of mild laundry detergent. Allow fabric to air dry.

Oil-Based Stains

Immediately apply an absorbent such as corn starch directly on the oil-based stain. Let sit for 10 minutes and remove the excess using a straight-edge or ruler. This helps remove the stain and prevents it from being pressed into the fabric. Then proceed with the cleaning process.

Seam-To-Seam Cleaning

When cleaning upholstered pieces, clean the entire surface area of the fabric, from seam to seam, instead of rubbing the fabric in a circular motion on the stain. This method, along with an extractor, may be required in order to avoid water rings and stains.

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