Tips for keeping your patio furniture looking its best

WROUGHT IRON PATIO FURNITURE

  • Clean with warm, soapy water.
  • Do not use abrasive materials or cleansers.
  • Damage to the paint finish may cause corrosion.
  • Clean the frame as soon as possible after exposure to suntan lotions and insect repellants.
  • Do not cover wrought iron patio furniture.
  • In cold, wet climates, be sure to drain any water accumulated inside the frames before storing for the winter.

WICKER PATIO FURNITURE

  • Wash and rinse the weaving material and aluminum frame with a mild household detergent several times a season. This will remove dirt, body oils, chemicals and other substances.
  • Heavy stains on wicker patio furniture can be treated with household cleaners.

TEAK PATIO FURNITURE

  • Teak patio furniture requires little to no care and when left outdoors, will turn a handsome silver-gray. This process will take approximately nine months, depending on the amount of sunlight and rain exposure.
  • Clean teak furniture with a soft bristle brush or sponge. Water spots or other discoloration may also occur during the weathering process. These will even out, and the furniture will achieve a uniform silver-gray.
  • Periodically cleaning your tak furniture with a solution of four parts laundry detergent or dishwashing soap and one part bleach in water.
  • Use a soft bristle brush to clean your furniture. When you are finished, rinse the entire piece to remove the dirt and any remaining solution. This is sufficient for general cleaning.
  • A teak cleaner will remove the silver-gray patina and restore the furniture's original color. The cleaner will restore the furniture to the natural golden color regardless of how long the piece has been outside.
  • Oiling outdoor teak may cause mildew or irregular coloring.

ALUMINUM PATIO FURNITURE

  • Clean aluminium patio furniture with a solution of warm water and mild soap.
  • Use a fine automotive wax to maintain gloss on non-textured finishes.
  • On textured finishes, periodically apply mineral or baby oil, this results in a stain resistant finish.
  • Severe stains may require light sanding and touch-up painting.
  • To avoid discoloration, clean aluminium frames as soon as possible after exposure to suntain oils, lotions or insect repellants.

PATIO FURNITURE CUSHIONS

  • Most patio furniture cushion fabrics can be cleaned with warm soapy water.
  • Woven fabrics should be cleaned with gentle detergent.
  • Mildew stains can be cleaned with a mild solution of one cup of Clorox Plus and two caps of detergent per gallon of water.
  • Hose frequently to avoid dirt build-up and allow to air dry. Loose threads should be clipped with scissors, never pulled.
  • Cotton: Do not leave cotton cushions outside in elements. Dry wet cushions immediately. Vacuum regularly to avoid dirt build-up.
  • Vinyl: Wipe clean with a damp cloth and mild soap solution.
  • Acrylics: Wash with soap and water. If stain remains, use a mixture of one cup bleach and one cup laundry detergent in a gallon of warm water. Rinse thoroughly and allow to dry.
  • Printed Acrylics: Wash with a mild detergent and sponge. Do not use abrasive materials or bleach. Allow to air dry.

GLASS TABLETOPS

  • Clean regularly with a soft cloth, a mild detergent and warm water. Buff dry with a clean lint-free cloth.
  • Do not use cleansers or abrasive materials.

PATIO UMBRELLAS

  • Hose down frequently to wash off dirt.
  • Wash periodically with soap or mild detergent using a sponge or soft brush. Rinse thoroughly with clear water.
  • Close when windy to avoid damage.
  • Air-dry patio umbrellas before closing.