Care & Maintenance
Preventative measures are key when it comes to maintaining the beauty and integrity of your patio furniture. We recommend using very mild cleansing solutions and covering your furniture when you’re not using it.
Cleaning Instructions For Normal Stains
Remove any loose dirt. Prepare a mixture of cold to lukewarm water (do not exceed 100° F) and mild soap. Rub in mixture with a soft brush and allow the mixture to thoroughly soak into the fabric. Rinse well with water and air dry. Do not machine dry.
Cleaning Instructions For Stubborn Stains
Remove as much surface dirt as possible. Soak fabric for 1 hour in a mixture of 1-gallon cold water, 1/2 cup bleach, and 1/2 cup mild soap. Rub in mixture with a soft brush and rinse thoroughly with cold to lukewarm water and air-dry. Never use water over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Do not machine dry. Detergents can be used on Outdura without harm; however, it may remove some of the water and stain-resistant properties. If this is important to you, a simple spraying of a post cure fluorocarbon will restore these properties. Please follow the instructions on the package. These sprays can be obtained through a dry cleaning supply store or stores that sell marine related products.
Care and Cleaning – Stain Removal
If you have a difficult stain, from paint to lipstick, please refer to the chart below to treat it.
- Bird droppings, ketchup, cola, egg (raw), grape juice, latex paint(wet), milk, mustard, orange drink, tea, tomato juice – 2 oz. liquid detergent, 1-gallon water
- Beer, urine, vomit, watercolor – 2 oz. liquid detergent 3 oz. white vinegar, 1-gallon water
- Berry, blood (dried), chocolate – 2 oz. liquid detergent 4-8 oz. ammonia, 1-gallon water
- Wine – 2 oz. liquid detergent, 4-8 oz. ammonia, 3 oz. white vinegar, 1-gallon water
- Butter, car grease, chewing gum, nail polish, oil, shoe polish – (liquid) volatile solvent (acetone) 100%
- Crayon, lipstick, paint (latex, dried), paint (oil or lacquer) – paint remover 100%, oil or grease remover (follow mixing instructions)
- Coffee – detergent, white vinegar, volatile solvent (acetone), water
- Ink (permanent, India, ballpoint) – paint remover 100%, volatile solvent (acetone), 100%, soap, water
- Mascara paint remover – 100%, volatile solvent (acetone), 2 oz. detergent, 1-gallon water
- Iron rust oxalic or citrus acids, water Mildew – 1 cup bleach, 2 oz. liquid detergent, 1-gallon water
- Shoe polish (wax), wax (candle) – volatile solvent,(acetone), 100%, apply heated iron over a towel
- Suntan lotion pine oil – detergent, water (follow mixing instructions)
- Tree sap turpentine 100%, – 2 oz. liquid detergent, 1-gallon water
- Charcoal, pencil marks – vacuum, then 2 oz. liquid detergent, 1-gallon water
One of the best ways to keep outdoor 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 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 Woolite® or Dawn®) 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 outdoor fabrics can be used both outdoors and in, your cleaning methods should differ because of the fabrication and manufacturing of the furniture. We recommend using the appropriate cleaning instructions for your application.
Inquire about a firm’s experience working with outdoor fabrics and knowledge of cleaning and retreatment requirements.
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.
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 to avoid water rings and residue.
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.
Outdoor Upholstery Cleaning Removable Fabric Hand Washing
Soak fabric in a solution of 1/4 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 the fabric to air dry.
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 1/4 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 the fabric to air dry.
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 spill. This method, along with an extractor, may be required in order to avoid water rings and residue.
Mold and Mildew
Most outdoor 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 1/4 cup mild soap per gallon of water.
– Spray on the 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 residue.
Use only mild detergent and water to clean. Rinse and dry thoroughly. If excessive water accumulates on the cushions, stand upright with zipper side down and let dry. To extend the longevity of the furniture, it is recommended to store it in a cool and dry place, protect with furniture covers to keep dust off. Use mild detergent and water to clean Rinse with water Dry thoroughly Protect with furniture covers.
- Use mild detergent and water to clean
- Rinse with water
- Dry thoroughly
- Protect with furniture covers
Maintaining your aluminum metal frames can keep your furniture looking like new for years. There are a few things you can do to clean of the dirt and grime and bring back the beautiful finish of your outdoor furniture. Typically if you use a mild dish soap and water most of the dirt will come off. If you have some oxidation or hard water, mix a solution of 50% white vinegar and 50% water, apply onto the frames and wipe off.
To really bring back the shine, every 6 months treat with the product 303 Patio Furniture Protectant. This will renew frames and protect with a UV inhibitor.
- Wash with mild soap and water solution
- Rinse and dry thoroughly
- Apply 303 product to protect finish
- To correct oxidation or hard water, mix a solution of 50% white vinegar and 50% water
- Clean every few months to maintain
Stone and Tile will last if properly maintained. Clean the table top with a soft clean cloth or sponge. Use warm water and mild dish soap. Rinse with clean water to remove any soap residue. Dry thoroughly and then seal the table top once every 4-6 months will help prevent or reduce any damage that may be caused by the harsh outdoor elements the top is being exposed to. Sealer will penetrate the stone to provide protection from absorption of moisture and stains.
- Clean the table top with a soft clean cloth or sponge
- Rinse thoroughly
- Allow to dry completely
- Apply sealer
The faux stone tabletop is a man-made composite lightweight stone. It is virtually maintenance free; simply clean it with water and mild detergent. Red wine or juice should be wiped away at once to prevent permanent staining. Never use harsh cleaners; avoid putting hot items, such as pots and pans directly onto the table surface.
- Clean with mild soap and water
- Red wine and juice should be wiped away immediately
- Never use harsh cleaners
- Avoid putting hot items on surface
Normal dirt and stains can be cleaned with a mild soap and warm water. Simply brush off any loose dirt. It is not necessary to remove the fabric from the umbrella. Rinse thoroughly to remove any excess soap. If using a liquid detergent, it may be necessary to re-apply a water repellent treatment, such as 303 Hi Tech Fabric Guard or similar product. Do not subject to excessive heat when washing or cleaning the fabric, as the fabric will shrink. Do not steam press or machine dry in any gas or electric dryers. Allow fabric to air dry.
- Clean with mild soap and water
- Brush off loose dirt
- Rinse thoroughly
- If using detergent, re-apply water repellent treatment with 303 Fabric Guard
- Do not use excessive heat while washing or cleaning, fabric will shrink
- Allow to air dry
Worry-free wood is virtually maintenance free due to the fact that it has exceptional resistance to fading, moisture, insects, splintering and other common outcomes from environmental stress that one observes with treated lumber or wood fiber composite products. It just needs occasional washing with soap and water to remove dirt and debris if desired. Do not leave empty glasses on worry-free wood surface under direct sunlight as this may cause sun damage to the surface.
- Wash with mild soap and water
- Do not leave empty glasses on surface in direct sunlight, this may cause damage
Eucalyptus hardwood furniture is unique with its beautiful wood grain accent and color. It performs very similar to teak wood.
To maintain original-like look, use a soft bristle brush or sponge to wash the furniture with a mild detergent. Do not use bleach, pressure washers or use an abrasive brass brush as it may cause damage and discoloration. We recommend semi-annual application of Semco Teak Sealer (SEM-10324), which is readily available from multiple online sources. Follow product instructions for best results.
Commercial teak sealer or cleaner can also be used to restore the beauty and moisture of the wood. Follow product instructions for best results.
- Use a soft bristle brush or sponge to wash eucalyptus
- Wash with mild detergent
- Do not use bleach
- Apply teak sealer