Outdoor Furniture Care Extend the life of your outdoor furniture with these tips. Care and Maintenance for Outdoor Furniture All-Weather Resin Wicker: Cape May, ScanCom All-weather wicker is durable, resistant to sun fading and impervious to the effects of water and humidity, making it ideal for outdoor use. Clean all-weather resin wicker furniture with a mild soap and water solution, wipe dry. Remove debris—like trapped leaves—from getting caught in the weave. Decomposing leaves can cause discoloration. All-weather resin wicker should not be subjected to intense heat. Therefore, do not place resin furniture too close to a grill or a fire. All-weather resin wicker furniture should be stored in a sheltered spot over the winter months. Ipé: Jensen Leisure Ipé is naturally a uniform brown color. Keep in mind that all outdoor wood furniture will turn gray when exposed to sunlight and the elements. This occurs as ultra violet (UV) light bleaches the wood. To preserve the original color of Ipé, we recommend using the Ipé Aftercare Kit. Please note: the Ipé Aftercare Kit should only be used after the original finish begins to lighten in color (after approximately 2-3 months of outdoor exposure depending on your local weather conditions). Step 1: Apply Penofin Pro Tech Brightener Before using any Penofin product, eye protection and rubber gloves should be worn. Cover the ground under your work area before starting. Empty the packet of Penofin Brightener into one gallon of clean water and mix. Wet the surface with a garden hose and sprayer. Using a plastic pump garden sprayer or brush, apply the solution liberally. DO NOT ALLOW THE SOLUTION TO DRY ON THE SURFACE. Mist occasionally and agitate with non-metallic stiff brush for ten to fifteen minutes. Rinse thoroughly with water. Step 2: Apply Penofin Verde Oil Finish Apply one coat and wait 15-20 minutes, thoroughly wipe the entire surface with a nap-free cloth until the wood feels dry to the touch. Please note that any excess oil left on the surface will congeal and result in a tacky finish. Following this treatment, apply Penofin Verde once per season (tabletops and other horizontal surfaces may require a second application). Remember that the wood surface needs to be clean and completely dry before applying the Penofin Verde. Depending on weather conditions, a single application of Penofin Verde should be dry to touch and ready to use within 24-48 hours. Please note that outdoor cushions or other fabrics should not be allowed to remain in direct contact with the recently finished surface during wet weather, until the finish has been allowed to completely dry and set (approximately 1-2 weeks depending on local weather conditions). Teak: ScanCom Teak is one of the hardest of all wood types, resistant to rotting and the effects of weather. The natural color of teak is honey-brown with a polished look that comes from its built-in reservoir of teak oil. Within 9-12 months of exposure to the elements, if left untreated, teak will age to a silvery-gray color. Jordan's teak maintenance kit provides products for cleaning and maintaining teak furniture. To retain the natural brown teak color, a regular application of teak sealer that contains UV protection is recommended. Atmospheric changes and changes in humidity can cause "checking" on teak furniture. Checking is characteristic fine cracks in the wood's surface. Checking will not negatively affect the use or the lifespan of the furniture. Teak furniture can be left outside year round. If desired, teak furniture can be covered, but the cover material should "breathe". Teak can also be stored in an unheated space. Care should be taken not to move teak from outdoors to a heated area as the drastic change in temperature and humidity can cause damage. Envirowood Made from recycled plastic, Seaside Casuals employs their patented “Envirowood” for all of their outdoor furniture. This high-performance material does not require sealing, will not splinter, and resists fading. For regular cleaning, wash with a mild soap and water solution. Do not pressure wash. To maintain the stainless steel hardware, especially in direct coastal areas or when exposed to salt water, regular rinsing with plain water is recommended. Use of caustic cleaners and harsh chemicals is not recommended. Cast Aluminum Furniture Cast aluminum furniture is lightweight, repels rust and stays cooler to the touch. Powder-coated painted surfaces are scratch and fade resistant. Frames should be cleaned with a sponge and a non-abrasive soap. Dish detergent should be avoided as it can leave an oily residue. Spills should be wiped with a damp cloth, using a mild soap and water solution. Abrasive cleaners should be avoided. Wet cushions will dry faster when placed on their sides to drain. Cushions should be stored in a dry area. Keeping furniture covered when not in use helps keep it cleaner (think birds flying overhead, or messy trees). Be sure furniture is dry before covering. Store cast aluminum frames in a sheltered area for the winter. If the furniture has foot caps, remove them to drain excess water before storing. Be sure that all cast aluminum furniture is dry before storing to prevent damage from trapped water freezing and expanding. Do not store cast aluminum frames upside down, as many frames are designed to drain excess moisture in the upright position. In coastal areas, salt may accumulate leading to corrosion. If used in an indoor pool area, chlorides may accumulate. Regular cleaning as described above will remove the deposits and protect the finish. Outdoor umbrellas: Treasure Garden, Tuuci No umbrella, regardless of size or weight, should be left unattended in the open position. In windy conditions, it is recommended that umbrellas be closed, removed from their base, and stored, or laid horizontally. This will reduce the risk of damage to your umbrella, furniture, and other property. Fabric canopies can be cleaned by brushing away loose dirt and debris, hosing off with water, and cleaning with a mild soap and lukewarm water solution (water should not exceed 100° F). Rinse thoroughly to remove soap; air dry. Be sure that the parasol pole is firmly attached before opening parasol. Remove all packing materials—exterior and interior— before assembly. Umbrella ribs must be separated by hand at least 6” out from the pole before opening the parasol. Check bolts on base plates (Tuuci) regularly to ensure they are fully tightened. All umbrella bases are for use on flat, stable surfaces. To ensure stability of your umbrella, please observe proper placement, and use sufficient weight (base). Steel or cast iron bases should be kept clean. Remove dirt by cleaning with mild soap and water. Never leave bases standing in water. To keep your bases looking their best, you may wish to store them indoors when not in use for an extended period of time.
If you're lucky enough to live in a temperate climate, your home is more likely to blend inside and outside year 'round. But if you reside in a northern region, by now you're longing for the day when you can haul out the patio or deck furniture for dining al fresco and relaxing with nature. Well, why wait? There are many furniture pieces you may already have stored away that can be used inside right now. For example, wicker or metal tables and chairs, sisal rugs, bar carts, ceramic garden stools, Sunbrella pillows, and even garden gnomes, are all items you can sprinkle indoors. It's all about lightening up your space, lifting your mood, and living in the moment – a way to evoke the tropics when you're freezing.   Casual & Cool || For the most part, there's nothing formal about outdoor furniture. It's designed for relaxation and leisure – long stretches of it. Most outdoor pursuits are of a casual nature, so most often furniture and accessories follow suit. Woven wicker, lightweight aluminum, breezy linen and cool cotton evoke casual days spent out in the open. So there's no reason you can't place, say, a wicker side table in your bedroom and use it as a nightstand. Or, if you live in an older home with a sunporch, why not furnish it with chaise lounges, an outdoor cocktail table and a pair of airy ceramic garden stools, and imagine it's mid-July instead of March.   Lightweight & Movable || One of the advantages of many outdoor pieces is their flexibility. Furniture is often light enough to move easily, and some loungers and tables have casters, which make it even simpler to haul it all inside. If you have, say, an outdoor metal table with a top that's seen better days, but it has beautiful ornate legs – bring it inside and put a colorful full-drape tablecloth on it and you'll be happily surprised at how great it looks! Sturdy & Indestructible || Typically, outdoor furniture is designed to withstand the elements for many seasons. This is especially true if you own ipe wood or teak pieces, because they're extremely strong, and if they're unstained, they will develop a weathered patina over time that gives them an attractive, lived-in appeal. And, outdoor fabrics today are designed to be fade- and stain-resistant, so pillows and cushions will be equally useable indoors. And, that cute garden gnome reading a book? Though he'll probably survive the winter intact, why not keep him from getting lonely outside and bring him in to guard the fireplace.
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