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Outdoor Furniture Care and Maintenance

At Modern Style Outdoor Furniture, we are committed to bringing you durable, high-quality outdoor furniture. We believe our furniture is designed to last, but it does need to be looked after to ensure you can enjoy your investment for years to come. Like your car or your home, regular cleaning using our guide for outdoor furniture care and maintenance, will keep it looking great!

Please follow our outdoor furniture care and maintenance guidelines:

OUTDOOR CUSHION FABRIC Sunbrella®

We use Sunbrella® fabrics because of their excellent quality and weather-resistant properties. Sunbrella® is amazingly easy to maintain and should be cleaned regularly or any time it is dirty. To keep it looking its best:

  1. Brush off any loose dirt
  2. Use a sponge or soft brush to apply mild soap and warm water to the fabric
  3. Let it sit for a moment before rinsing off thoroughly with water
  4. Allow to air dry fully outside.

Sunbrella fabric itself is designed to resist mould and mildew, but if surface dirt and contaminants (like bird droppings) are not periodically cleaned off, then mould will grow on the surface dirt.

For more stubborn stains and mildew:

  1. Add 1 cup of bleach to approximately four litres of mildly soapy water.
  2. Apply directly to the stain.
  3. Use a soft brush or sponge to clean.
  4. Rinse thoroughly with clean water.
  5. Allow to air dry fully outside.
  6. If necessary, repeat with additional bleach.

Bleach will not harm the Sunbrella fabric, but it does need to be rinsed thoroughly with plenty of water, a garden hose is best, and be careful with clothing. Sunbrella will air dry quickly. Avoid drying covers in a dryer.

Go to the Sunbrella “how to clean” page for further information on the removal of stains.

CAN SUNBRELLA CUSHIONS STAY OUTDOORS?

Although our outdoor Sunbrella fabric cushions and sofas are designed to be left outside all year round, we advise either bringing them indoors or covering them during the winter months, in heavy weather or if your outdoor area is particularly shady during the off season. Talk to us about our furniture covers. Please note, that teak furniture should not be covered. Therefore, you will need to store cushions inside rather than cover our teak lounge furniture.

LOOKING AFTER ALUMINIUM OUTDOOR FURNITURE

Aluminium is a great option for outdoor furniture. It is lightweight, strong, durable, needs minimal maintenance and will not rust. Our aluminium furniture, including frames and tables, has been powdercoated to ensure it is best suited for the outdoors. Caring for it is simple.

  1. Use mild soapy warm water and a very soft brush or soft cloth to clean.
  2. Rinse with fresh clean water and towel dry if necessary.

Be gentle with the surface of your aluminium furniture. Avoid any abrasive cleaners or anything that may scratch it as this can make it susceptible to rust.

Sunscreen and grease can mark or stain the surface of your powder-coated aluminium outdoor furniture, so please avoid any contact to prevent this from happening.

A quick hose-off will be necessary more often in areas exposed to salt air or salt water to remove the build of salt on the furniture. Salt will affect the life of the powder coating.

From time to time, you can apply a non-abrasive car wax or silicon spray (when the frames are dry) to further protect it from the elements.

CARING FOR TEAK FURNITURE

Teak is one of the strongest and most durable hardwoods. It is a popular choice for outdoor furniture; it’s beautiful, long-lasting, and naturally weather resistant. With the correct care, it can be left outside permanently. You have two options with teak, either you leave it untreated and let it weather to a silvery grey over time naturally or you can apply a teak protector to maintain the natural warm brown tones. We recommend Golden Care products, which we stock, to keep your teak looking as good as new. Teak should be left uncovered as it needs to breathe. You may wish to store the cushions inside over the winter period.

Teak furniture requires minimal cleaning and maintenance:

  1. A general brush down with a soft brush will remove built-up dust and dirt.
  2. For a more thorough clean, use a mild soap and water with a soft brush or cloth.
  3. Rinse with fresh water.
  4. For any stubborn stains, we advise using Golden Care Teak Cleaner.

To maintain the natural colour and prevent aging of the wood from occurring, we recommend applying Golden Care Teak Protector after you first purchase the furniture. Teak Shield can also be used to help prevent stains and protect against moisture and the adhesion of dirt and mould growth. Please ask about specific instructions on using the Golden Care products.

Teak wood is a natural product, so variations in grain and colour occur. It can crack and split over time as it acclimatises to its surroundings. It will naturally expand and contract with weather changes, and with age, “checking” or cracking occurs.

HARD-WEARING RATTAN OUTDOOR FURNITURE

Our Rino Rattan furniture is made from high-quality synthetic wicker. This weave is manufactured using a high-density polyethylene strand with UV stabilisers built-in, so it can withstand extreme outdoor conditions. It can be left outside all year round and although maintenance is minimal, you will need to clean it occasionally.

To clean outdoor rattan:

  1. Vacuum with a brush attachment to remove loose dust.
  2. Spray with a low-pressure hose to rinse.
  3. For a deeper clean, use a bucket of mild soapy water (not too much detergent) and a soft sponge or cloth, then gently rinse off with fresh water.
  4. Any food, drink or other stains need to be cleaned away immediately.
  5. Allow to air dry.

We have covers available for use in winter or heavier weather.

QUICK-DRY FOAM CUSHIONS

Quick-dry foam is a high-performance material designed for use in outdoor furniture. We use this for all the cushion inners in our settings. It drains quickly, allowing the cushions to dry out fast, even after being saturated. Thanks to the large open cell structure, water and air easily pass through. They remain cleaner than conventional foam as dirt and dust do not get trapped. After cleaning the complete cushion, tip them on their side to allow the water to run out. The foam has built in anti-microbial protection to prevent the growth of common mould and fungus.

By following these outdoor furniture care and maintenance guidelines, your furniture will keep looking its best.