Contrary to popular belief, teak furniture does not require any special maintenance routine or any additional protection apart from occasional cleaning. Left to age naturally outside, teak will gradually change to a soft, silver-grey as the pigments in the surface layer of the wood begin to fade away. We recommend that you allow your teak furniture to weather naturally this way and simply clean thoroughly once or twice a year with a Teak Cleaner. Teak furniture may also benefit from an occasional light sanding to remove any raised grain and restore a smooth finish to the surface. Under no circumstances should a power washer be used to clean teak furniture.
If you wish to retain the golden-brown color of new teak, you should use a Teak Sealer. Application of Teak Sealer will not affect the strength or longevity of the furniture in any way, just its appearance. If you elect to use Teak Sealer you will be embarking on a regular maintenance program as Teak Sealer needs to be regularly re-applied to provide continuous protection. If you intend to store your furniture over the winter, we recommend that you do so in a watertight garden shed or garage. However, we advise that you do not move teak furniture from the garden straight into a heated indoor room for storage, as the sharp differences in temperature and humidity may cause the wood to split.
To protect teak surfaces from staining and to help maintain the silver-grey patina on weathered teak, we recommend using a Teak Protector. The Teak Protector creates an almost invisible shield which helps to prevent food (coffee, ketchup, red wine, olive oil, etc.) penetrating into the teak and causing unsightly stains. Teak Protector also helps protects the wood against the ingress of moisture, the adhesion of dirt and prevents mildew growth.
ALUMINUM FRAME FINISHES
To prevent growth of mold and mildew, regular washing and thorough rinsing of the aluminum frame with mild liquid detergent and warm water is suggested and will remove surface dirt, outdoor contaminants and body oils. The periodic application of a good automobile wax on the frame will help extend the life and beauty of your furniture. NEVER wash your furniture in the swimming pool or use any harsh abrasives or cleaning solutions. DO NOT store your furniture or table tops in a position that will allow moisture to accumulate inside the tubing or on the top where it may freeze during the winter months. Freeze damage is Not covered under warranty. If the furniture is placed near a salt-water pool, it suggested that the furniture is rinsed off with clean water from a hose at least twice a month. The corrosive properties of salt water have been known to cause the finish to peel on some types of powder-coated finishes. By rinsing off the salt residue, this can be easily avoided.
Rattan and wicker frames require very little maintenance. Vacuum or use a soft brush with mild detergent and warm water to remove soil. Using a sponge, wash with mild detergent & warm water to remove soil. Rinse and allow to dry thoroughly before use. Do not remove the cushion covers to wash and dry in a washer and dryer due to possible damage to the integrity of the covers.
Mildew often forms on dirty surfaces. However, regular cleaning will help to prevent its forming. If mildew stains should develop on non-printed vinyl coated polyester fabric, prepare a mild chlorine bleach and soapy water solution as follows: 1 cup bleach per gallon of water and 2 capfuls mild liquid detergent. Spray on the entire area and allow the mixture to soak in. Rinse it off thoroughly and repeat if necessary.
Vinyl strapping should be cleaned frequently with mild soap and water. If you own furniture with woven straps or lacing, be sure to lift and clean beneath the strap or lace intersections. Avoid abrasive cleaners. The use of commercial casual furniture cleaners (available at Parent Outdoor) will help lift embedded dirt and oil. We also recommend periodic waxing of the straps with an automotive paste wax. We suggest using a towel over the vinyl when using tanning products.
UMBRELLA CARE & MAINTENANCE
Do NOT wash the umbrella or its cover by placing it into the swimming pool or use any harsh abrasives or cleaning solutions and do NOT store the umbrella in a position that will allow moisture or snow to accumulate inside the umbrella frame and/or pole and freeze during the winter months. WIND & FREEZE DAMAGE IS NOT COVERED UNDER WARRANTY!! The upper pole and ribs of the umbrella should be lubricated occasionally with WD-40 or a similar product. Do NOT spray the lubricant on the umbrella fabric or lubricate the crank mechanism as it may cause discoloration or damage.
UMBRELLA, CUSHION & GLASS WARRANTY
Glass is not warranted. Extreme care must be taken when using an umbrella in a glass top table. An umbrella stand should be used under the table to prevent the umbrella from moving. If at any time wind gusts carry the umbrella, this may cause the table to turn over and possibly break the glass. As a result, the glass would not be covered under warranty.
Umbrellas and cushions have a 1 year warranty from the date of purchase. The warranty does not cover natural fading from sunlight. Umbrellas are warranted structurally (under normal use and conditions). Please exercise caution when using your umbrella and always close it when it is not in use. We cannot warranty an umbrella which has been left open and gets damaged from a high gust of wind or due to a storm.
CUSHIONS & FABRICS
NEVER use bleach unless specifically listed as a cleaning agent for your fabric.
The life of your fabric largely depends on its care and use. Certain suntan and sun block products may permanently discolor any fabric. This possibility can be minimized by immediately cleaning after contact. It is important to clean your fabric regularly. In addition, storing your cushions when not in use or using furniture covers will extend their life. Also, fabric life can be extended by simply hosing down your furniture regularly with water. Cushions more dry more quickly if they are on their sides while drying. Do not take the covers off of the cushions to wash and dry the covers in a mechanical washer and dryer. This may damage the integrity of the cover.
100% Polyester Prints & 100% Acrylic/Olefin Blends
Promptly remove soil (including suntan oils and lotions) with a solution consisting of two capfuls of mild liquid soap per gallon of water. Be liberal with solution and scrub with a soft brush. Rinse thoroughly with clean water to remove soap and air dry. DO NOT USE BLEACH OR HARSH DETERGENTS ON ANY PRINTED FARIC.
Polyester/Olefin Blends and Acrylic/Olefin Blends
Clean spills as soon as possible. If a spot remains, use a mild detergent and water solution. Occasionally, add 1 cup of household bleach to the detergent-water solution. Rinse entire cushion or umbrella with water. Air dry.
Acrylic/Polyester Blends and 100% Acrylic Fabrics
Only spot wash with a lukewarm (no warmer than 100 degrees) solution of mild liquid soap and water. Rub briskly with a rough cloth or soft bristle brush. Rinse thoroughly with clean water to remove soap. Allow to air dry. Never bleach, harsh detergents or stiff bristle bushes on acrylic blend fabrics. For stubborn stains and suntan lotions, we recommend our Cushion Cleaner available at our store. Use full strength and apply vigorously with a sponge or clean cloth. Sponge thoroughly with clean water. Allow to air dry. 100% acrylic fabric is heat sensitive. Do not use heat, hot water or bleach.
Spot wash by sponging briskly with a lukewarm solution of mild liquid soap and water. Sponge thoroughly to remove soap and then air dry. For suntan lotion, use fine fabric cleaner. Do not use Pine Oil cleaners or abrasive household
Natural Granite, Travertine, Slate, Stone, and/or Faux table tops should be cleaned routinely with mild liquid dish soap, warm water and a soft cloth to prevent staining and the growth of mold, mildew and contaminants. Follow with a fresh water rinse and thoroughly dry with another soft cloth. Spills should be removed quickly to avoid any possible staining. This is particularly important in the case of red wines, or citrus juices. The use of coasters is also recommended. Pressure washers, furniture polish, vinegar, petroleum based solvents or cleaners containing acid or abrasives should NOT be used. For stubborn stains, products such as Windex may be applied. For grout stains, most retail grout cleaners will be effective, however, over time, these cleaners may remove the protective sealant that was applied to the table top during manufacturing requiring the top to be resealed using any commercially available tile and grout sealer such as Aqua Mix. Follow the instructions carefully when resealing the top as build-up of the sealer may cause discoloration.
Tile table tops should be resealed every 6-12 months. It takes just a few minutes to distribute an even coat of the sealer and then wipe the top dry. Airborne dust and dirt can be removed with plain water. For thorough cleaning, use a pH-neutral cleaner such as Simple Green. Avoid ammonia-based cleaners, which can break down the sealant.
Tempered Glass and Patterned table tops may be cleaned with any non-ammonia glass cleaner, taking special care not to scratch the top's surface.
Outdoor Room is in the Top 5 on List of Features Requested of Home Builders and Real Estate Agents
Using the outdoor areas of our home for recreation, socializing or solitary endeavors is not a new concept. What is relatively new, however, is the rise of the concept of an outdoor room. These “rooms” are becoming so comfortable and well-equipped that they rival the rooms in our homes.
When designing your outdoor room, consider your lifestyle.
Questions to consider might include:
- Who will use the outdoor living area?
- How will the area be used?
- Do you want to combine dining and comfortable seating?
- Is a weekend afternoon nap high on your priority list? If so, you will want to consider a sofa or at least an ottoman with a comfortable lounge chair--something with a back high enough to support your head.
- Are you hoping to have a comfortable and quiet place to read? An ottoman is a must, as is an outdoor lamp. It is very important to use a lamp that is made as an outdoor lamp. These lamps are UL listed for use in wet areas.
Furniture, accessories, appliances and building materials used for an outdoor room need to be evaluated for appropriateness for use in the weather and sunlight.
Covered Room: Certainly, screened porches or sunrooms are the structures most closely resembling a true room. With a ceiling, floor, walls and doors, this type of area, along with covered porches, offers the most protection from the elements and, therefore, the biggest opportunity to accessorize. With a roof overhead, issues of rain, direct sun, unwanted pests (including wildlife) and, to some degree, wind are minimized. Covered areas allow us to use the most comfortable outdoor furniture complete with thick cushions, without having to deal with wet cushions and drying time.
Uncovered Outdoor Room: Outdoor rooms can be created without a ceiling overhead, or walls to contain and define them. Direct rain and sun will be more of an issue, but with good quality outdoor materials having no roof overhead is not a barrier to a complete outdoor room. Outdoor furniture, fabrics, lamps, area rugs and many accessories are designed for complete exposure.
Defining Your Outdoor Room: In order to create the feeling of a room in those outdoor spaces that do not feature a wall, there are many ways to help define a space. Hedges and shrubs, or line of trees, will definitely create a wall effect. A trellis can be added in the ground or in a pot to give the effect of a window. Pathways define and separate areas to the same effect as walls do in a structure.
Many people have multiple outdoor rooms created throughout their yards by utilizing terrain and natural elements. These "rooms" can function for different activities, socializing, dining, games, quiet reflection, to name a few and be equipped with furniture and accessories accordingly. What fun to move through the yard, from "room" to "room" and to enjoy them all at different times.
Adding an outdoor rug will certainly add warmth but an outdoor area rug is also useful to help define a space. If your porch or open area is large, you may want to add one or two to separate different areas, for instance the dining area from the seating area. Children and pets will be more comfortable with a soft rug to sit on and, in cooler temperatures, you will be happy to have an outdoor area rug over a cold surface. Keep in mind that the more comfortable and inviting your outdoor room is the more it will be used. The more it is used, the better the investment.
A word of caution. Not all outdoor furniture is created equal: The performance of each component of outdoor furniture varies with the quality of the furniture. Better raw materials means better performance. It is often difficult to see these differences between products. Doing your homework and consulting with trained and experienced professionals in the area of outdoor products will help you make the best choices to suit your needs.