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.
Outdoor Living || Relax and entertain al fresco with cool seating, patio umbrellas, fire pits & more If you live in a part of the world with four distinct seasons, it feels incredibly invigorating when you first open your home to the outdoors in spring. Because the season can seem short, it's key to make your outdoor space as comfortable and inviting as possible, especially if you entertain a lot. If you happen to have a swimming pool, this will probably be the focal point of your setup. Organize your space much as you would inside, with designated seating areas, complete with area rugs – durable synthetics, or natural abaca or sisal are ideal. Sprinkle in garden stools or small tables that can be easily rearranged. For finishing touches, include hanging flower pots, large planters, and string lights to make the view even more enticing.   Furniture Must-Haves || Start with the coziest seating you can find. Depending on the size of your space, you can include a sofa, loveseat, chairs, or even a sectional. Consider how you plan to use the space. If dining al fresco is number one, invest in a table that accommodates an umbrella, and make sure the chairs include cushions. If frequent naps and reading time are on the agenda, a chaise, swivel chair or glider will feel especially welcoming, along with a convenient side table to place your beverage, snacks, and a book. When choosing fabrics for seat cushions, pillows and umbrella canopies, decide if they will receive full or partial sun exposure. Generally, acrylic fabrics such as Sunbrella are the most durable and soft, and will not fade, while spun polyester fabrics are durable, but stiffer, and more likely to fade.   Inviting Extras || A memorable outdoor soiree includes many elements. Obviously, a fun mix of family and friends is essential, but as afternoon segues to evening, certain factors make people want to linger. If it gets chilly, a fire pit can provide just the amount of warmth and ambience you need to keep the party going. If you prefer an upgrade to your old beach cooler, you can set up a portable trolley cart on casters for a "help yourself" bar. A large tray to organize accessories like napkins, cups and plates is helpful. And, if your gathering is still in full swing during evening hours, don't forget citronella candles to keep bugs at bay – except for fireflies, of course. You may want to count or chase them.   Light & Shade || There's simply no comparison to natural light. It just makes you feel more energetic. But when temperatures sizzle in midsummer, you need to shield yourself and guests a bit. This is where a great patio or deck umbrella will do wonders. As the day progresses, adjust the umbrella's angle to keep direct sunshine under control, and if you feel a sudden raindrop or get a downpour, a strong, sturdy umbrella really helps. If you're making s'mores come nightfall, hang some string lights or battery-operated lanterns to make the scene magical.
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Protecting yourself from the powerful rays of the sun is important all year round, but extra precaution should be taken in the summer. Whether you’re having an all-day BBQ or simply enjoying your morning coffee on your chaise lounge, be mindful of these sun safety tips… Slather on the SPF || Sunscreen should be worn on exposed skin every day no matter what season it is, but in the summer it’s best to use a broad spectrum sunscreen that has a minimum SPF of 15. Broad-spectrum sunscreens protect against both UVA and UVB rays and should be applied fifteen minutes before going outside; reapplying every two hours and after swimming or excessive sweating. Despite what the packaging may say, the FDA has confirmed that no sunscreen is actually waterproof. Do not let the clouds fool you – those harmful rays penetrate the clouds easily making you just as susceptible to burning! Stay Hydrated || Even if you are not sweating, your body will dehydrate much faster when you are out in the sun especially if you are exerting yourself. Stay hydrated with water or coconut water. For a refreshing twist, infuse your water with fresh fruits or herbs like mint or basil! Infused water will hydrate you just as fast and you’ll enjoy drinking it! For recipe inspiration, check out Sip Smart a blog article filled with infused water recipes! Seek Shelter || The sun is strongest between 10am and 2pm. Seek shade for a bit during this time and give your skin a break – just in time for lunch! Though an attached umbrella probably shades your patio set, a cantilever umbrella can be moved when needed and will shade a larger area like your pool. A large patio umbrella will protect you from the sun while still allowing you to enjoy the great outdoors!
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