Last edited January 17, 11

Patio Furniture Care

Patio Furniture Care Tips


Patio furniture is an investment and comes in a variety of materials cast aluminum, aluminum, outdoor wicker and teak. Below are a few maintenance guidelines to help you to enjoy your patio furniture for years.

Cast Aluminum Patio Furniture Sets Care & Maintenance

To clean, wipe down the frames occasionally with water mixed with liquid detergent and rinse thoroughly afterward. Many stains can be removed with mild soap and water. Use a soft sponge to remove stubborn stains.

To preserve the finish of the paint throughout the winter months, we recommend applying a winterized patio furniture cover. We also highly recommend that cast aluminum patio furniture is only covered when it is completely dry and free from any moisture.

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Patio Glass Top Tables & Aluminum Patio Furniture

Clean patio glass table tops regularly with a soft cloth, mild detergent, vinegar, and warm water. Commercial glass cleaners may also be used. Avoid using heavy solvents, scouring agents, and janitorial cleaners.Wipe down the frames occasionally with water mixed with liquid detergent and rinse thoroughly afterward. Many stains can be removed with mild soap and water. Use a soft sponge to remove stubborn stains. During winter storage, do not store the frames upside down as damage may occur from water freezing inside the tubing.

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Patio Sling Fabrics Care & Maintenance

Today’s outdoor fabrics are low maintenance, and weather resistant, however, a few precautions will help ensure that your outdoor patio chair slings provide you with many years of satisfaction.

It is important that sling fabrics be cleaned regularly. For best results, gently scrub with mild detergent and warm water. Regular cleaning will help prevent the possibility of mildew by washing out dirt particles that become trapped in the weave.

Stains and mildews can be removed with a solution of warm water, mild laundry detergent, and chlorine bleach (1 cup to 3 gallons of water).  Always rinse thoroughly after any cleaning.

Certain suntan lotions and insect repellents may discolour fabric. Cleaning the fabric immediately after contact can minimize this problem.  Covering patio chair sling fabrics with a towel while tanning is recommended.

Wicker Patio Furniture Care & Maintenance

Very little maintenance is required to maintain the beauty of your wicker patio furniture.  We do recommend, however, a periodic cleaning to remove any dirt, dust, or oils that may collect over time to keep your wicker patio furniture looking new.

Both the aluminum frame and the outdoor wicker can be washed with mild detergent and water when they become soiled, using a wet sponge to wipe the soil from the surface.  Rinse with clean water and allow to air dry.

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Teak Patio Furniture Care & Maintenance

Teak patio furniture does require regular maintenance is you desire to keep its rich honey colour. To maintain this rich vibrant colour a teak oil must be applied each year.  Left untreated teak outdoor furniture will begin to turn a soft silvery gray colour. To restore the finish to its natural colour one must lightly sand, using a fine grain sandpaper and then re-apply the teak oil.

Depending on the quality of the teak this normal aging process shouldn’t have an effect on the structural integrity of the furniture.

When purchasing teak patio furniture ensure your receiving genuine teak and not just wood patio furniture. Some retailers like to use the word “teak” loosely and pass off wood furniture that simply won’t last outdoors.

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Patio Umbrella’s Care & Maintenance

When using a market patio umbrella (10′ diameter or less) through a table, a minimum 40lbs umbrella base is required.  Larger patio umbrellas, such as 11′ in diameter and rectangular sizes require a heavier umbrella base. Always close your parasol umbrella and secure tightly when not in use, or during windy conditions.  As an added precaution, disconnect the upper half of your umbrella and place it out of the elements during excessively windy conditions, or when you are away.

We recommend periodic waxing of the main pole with an automotive paste wax to allow the center hub to slide up or down more freely. As well, periodically lubricating the spokes (with WD 40) where they connect to the center hub, and also where they connect to the support ribs will allow the umbrella to operate freely.

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For care of your outdoor cushions and pillows visit our tips for cleaning outdoor cushions and umbrellas.

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