Outdoor Furniture Care & Maintenance
Caring for Your New Outdoor Furniture
Congratulations! You've just selected quality furniture from Art's Backyard that is sure to last beautifully for many years in your outdoor living space. When you bring your new furniture home, please read the included care manual carefully, along with these tips to help you make the most of your new purchase.
It's important to keep surfaces like tabletops clean, especially where you might be placing food or drinks.
Materials such as natural granite, travertine, slate, and stone can be cleaned with mild liquid dish soap and warm water – 1/4 cup of soap per gallon of water. Clean with a sponge or soft cloth, then rinse with clean water and pat dry with another soft cloth. Spills should be wiped up immediately. To clean the grout, use a standard grout cleaner. To reseal the top, apply a standard, commercially-available marble or granite sealant – follow the instructions for use provided by the sealant manufacturer
Tile tabletops can be dusted easily with a soft cloth, and for a more thorough cleaning, use a pH-neutral cleaner, like Simple Green. You should reseal your tile tabletop every 6-12 months by carefully applying a coat of sealant and then wiping the top dry
Tempered glass as well as patterned tabletops should be cleaned with a non-ammonia cleanser, with a soft cloth that will not scratch the surface
Forming the foundation for your furniture, the frame should be maintained to avoid fading, rusting, and wear.
Aluminum frames can be cleaned by softly scrubbing with mild soap and warm water. You can avoid moisture damage by storing your furniture in an upright position that prevents water, ice, snow, or rain from accumulating on top or inside the tubular frames. The frames have small holes that allow the moisture to drain. Never store your furniture upside-down in the winter. This is especially important because freeze damage is not covered under our warranty. You can keep your aluminum frames looking like new by periodically applying automobile wax to the metal
Wrought iron can be cared for with an automotive wash/wax, by simply following the directions on the bottle. Be sure to rinse your frames afterward to remove any residue. If your wrought iron has any chips or scratches, they can be repaired with a bit of touch-up paint before washing and waxing
Teak, Shorea, and Acacia wood frames are easily cleaned with warm water and mild soap. Wipe with a sponge or soft cloth to remove dirt, then rinse thoroughly. For teak, using a sealant and a wood cleaner can restore the natural beauty if it begins to fade
Jarrah (Eucalyptus Marginata) wood furniture is as easy to care for as you want it to be! To preserve the original color, protect it from the elements and coat regularly with a timber treatment. For a more weathered, silver-gray color, you can leave the furniture out and untreated. Clean dirt and debris by lightly dusting, wiping with warm, soapy water and rinsing thoroughly
Gumwood and Pine can be dusted with a soft cloth. To avoid splitting, cracking, and warping, keep these wood frames away from moisture by covering when not in use
Vinyl straps can be cleaned like your frames, with mild soap and water. If your vinyl overlaps or laces, be sure to clean and rinse beneath the straps. Paba, which is found in certain sunblocks and suntan lotions, can be harmful to vinyl, so make sure to avoid contact by placing a towel down first (Paba can seep through the towel, so be careful). Paba products should be cleaned off vinyl immediately with mild soap and water and rinsed immediately to minimize discoloration
All-weather wicker requires very little maintenance: dust or vacuum gently, and clean off excess dirt with mild soap and water. Rinse and allow to dry thoroughly before use. Worn, scratched, or chipped wicker can be repaired by lightly sanding the problem area with fine grit sandpaper, cleaning and drying the area, and applying touch-up spray paint
Have it made in the shade by maintaining your umbrella for years of summer fun.
Dust off excess dirt with a soft cloth, then clean with warm water and a mild detergent. Be sure to store your umbrella in an upright position to avoid water or ice accumulating in the top, frame, and pole. You can keep the upper pole and ribs working well by occasionally applying lubricant such as WD-40–but be sure to avoid getting lubricant on the fabric or crank mechanism
Always use the proper stand/table for your umbrella to avoid injury or damage. Close or remove your umbrella when you're ready to enjoy the sunshine
Be sure to close your umbrella at night or when you are away – unexpected storms are the leading cause of damaged umbrellas
Cushions and Fabrics
Get comfy and stay that way by making sure your cushions and fabrics are well cared for.
For 100% Polyester or 100% Acrylic/Olefin materials, you should remove soil promptly with a solution of two capfuls of mild liquid soap per gallon of water. Scrub with a soft brush, using the solution liberally, then rinse well and air dry. Do not use bleach or harsh cleansers on ANY printed fabric
Remove spills from Polyester/Olefin and Acrylic/Olefin blends as soon as possible, cleaning with a mild soap and water solution if spots remain. Rinse and air dry
100% Acrylic and Acrylic/Polyester blends should be spot-cleaned with lukewarm water and mild soap. Rub briskly with a rough cloth or soft bristle brush, then rinse thoroughly and air dry. Since acrylic is sensitive to heat, avoid hot water when cleaning
Acrylic/PVC blends can be spot-cleaned with mild soap and water (again, lukewarm). Sponge briskly to clean, then sponge off excess soap and water and air dry
Pay special attention to welts and seams, where dirt and mold are likely to gather
We've got you covered with a variety of sizes and shapes to keep your outdoor furniture from being left out in the cold.
Measure your outdoor furniture (height, width, depth) and bring the dimensions to Art Van Furniture, where we'll help you find the proper storage covers to fit them
Remove and wash any cushions. Wash down frames as well
Allow cushions and frames to dry completely to avoid mold or mildew while in storage
Place cushions in protective cushion box or under your protective cover. Never store cushions in a sealed or unvented container
Push all chairs in under your table. You can place a beach ball or similar-sized object on the center of the table to create a dome shape under the cover, which will help provide proper drainage and prevent snow accumulation
Cover all furniture and securely attach your cover per the instructions provided
Always store chairs in the upright position to allow adequate water drainage, which helps protect against freezing and ice damage
Do not store your table umbrella in the table during the winter – instead, remove the umbrella and store indoors
Why is care so important?
Caring for your outdoor furniture can help extend its life, keeping it as beautiful and comfortable as the day you bought it. It can also help uphold your warranty to protect the investment you made. While all our products are made from durable materials and meant to withstand the elements, excessive exposure to wind, rain, sun, and snow without the proper maintenance and storage can cause damage such as cracking, fading, rust, and mold or mildew. In addition to these tips, avoid using harsh chemicals such as bleach and ammonia, and dust regularly with a soft cloth.
For questions or more advice on caring for your outdoor furniture, ask your Art Van Furniture salesperson. Visit us in-store or check out our storage covers online at: www.artvan.com.