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Furniture Maintenance

We appreciate the investment you've made with Custom Outdoor Furniture & Restrapping.  Now we have some tips to help you keep your investment looking fresh and new.

Framed Furniture

Metal frames should be cleaned with mild soap and water and rinsed thoroughly.  Please do not use any abrasive materials or strong detergents on any surfaces, due to damage and discoloration.  During use, your furniture may get scratched or nicked.  We recommend touching up or covering small scratches and nicks to control corrosion.  You should always store your aluminum furniture in an upright position to allow for water drainage.  Placing the furniture upside down it will restrict the drainage, and may lead to frame damage.

Wicker

The wicker furniture we sell at Custom Outdoor Furniture requires minimal maintenance.  To properly care for your wicker, remove surface dirt using a soft brush, or duster. You can also vacuum most wicker without any negative effect.  You should then follow up by cleaning the furniture with a mild detergent and warm water, applied with a sponge.  Make sure you rinse thoroughly and allow the furniture to dry before replacing the cushions on the furniture.

Umbrellas

Rule number one for umbrella care is to keep the umbrella closed when it is not in use.  The umbrella should secured with its ties whenever it is not in use.  We recommend that you always use a weighted base with your umbrella, even if it is being used with a table.  If you are using the umbrella without a table, you must use a free-standing base that is heavy enough to provide safe support for the umbrella.  Always lower an umbrella when it is windy.  To clean the umbrella material, you rinse it with water. If there is a spot that resists removal by rinsing, wash with a solution of mild soap and warm water.  Rinse the umbrella thoroughly with water and allow to air dry.

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Cushions & Fabrics

To clean your cushions or other fabrics, wash with a solution of soap or mild detergent and warm water.  Rinse thoroughly with water and allow to air dry.  Mix three gallons of warm water with one cup of household bleach and one cup of mild laundry detergent for more stubborn stains, but be sure to test for bleaching on a small area of the cushion.  Do not use solvent-type materials, they will damage the fabric.

 

Polylumber

Polylumber furniture is the most weather resistant furniture available, and needs minimal maintenance.  You can clean it with a mild detergent, mixed with water, and applied with a scrub brush.  After cleaning, rinse and dry.  We do NOT recommend using a pressure washer on polylumber, since it can damage the material, and actually raise "splinters" in the furniture.