Care & Maintenance

Care & Maintenance

Care & Maintenance

Outdoor Furniture Care

  • To clean, wipe down the frame occasionally with water mixed with mild liquid detergent and rinse thoroughly afterward. Many stains can be removed with mild soap and water. Use a soft sponge to remove stubborn stains.
  • Cover furniture when not in use for ease of use. This will ensure furniture is always dry, clean & ready to use. 
  • Winter Maintenance: Frames can be left outside all winter with a protective cover. Store cushions inside.


Teak Outdoor Furniture

  • Cleaning: Regularly clean teak furniture with a biodegradable cleaner or a mild soap and water solution, using a soft brush or sponge. Promptly wipe up spills to prevent stubborn stains or mold/mildew growth.
  • Protecting:
    •  Apply teak sealer or oil to protect the wood and maintain its color. Teak oil darkens the wood, while a sealer provides protection against moisture and UV rays.
    • Use covers to protect furniture during prolonged rain or when not in use, preventing water damage and reducing cleaning frequency.
  • Regular Inspection: Periodically check for signs of damage or issues, addressing any problems promptly to prevent worsening.
  • Insect Prevention: Keep furniture clean and well-maintained to further discourage pests, despite teak’s natural insect resistance.
  • Weathering: Teak will weather to a silver-gray patina over time. Use teak sealer or oil to maintain its original golden-brown color, based on your aesthetic preference. This is a cosmetic change and doesn't affect the structural integrity of the wood
  • Seasonal Storage: Store furniture indoors or in a covered area during extended periods of non-use to protect from extreme weather. If you’re challenged for space, reach out to us and we can discuss some storage solutions with you
  • Avoid: Avoid using harsh chemicals, bleach, or abrasive cleaners, and avoid dragging sharp or heavy objects across the furniture to prevent damage

Cushion Cleaning

  • Outdoor fabrics are extremely durable and resistant, but they should still be cleaned regularly before substances such as dirt and food particles are allowed to accumulate on and become embedded in the fabric. This practice will eliminate the need for more vigorous cleanings.
  • We do not recommend removing fabric casings from cushion foam/fill. Cushions should be spot cleaned only. See instructions below;

General or Light Cleaning of Outdoor Cushions

  • Brush off any loose dirt.
  • Prepare a cleaning solution of mild soap and lukewarm water.
  • Use a soft sponge to clean.
  • Rinse thoroughly to remove all soap residue.
  • Allow fabric to air dry.

Spot Cleaning Outdoor Cushions and Umbrellas

  • Apply a light mist of cleaning solution using a spray bottle.
  • Work the solution into the stain by lightly scrubbing the area with a soft sponge.
  • Rinse thoroughly to remove all soap residue.
  • Blot excess moisture with a clean, soft towel or sponge.
  • Repeat these steps until stain is removed.

Heavy Cleaning for Stubborn Stains on Sunbrella Cushions
Sunbrella fabric does not promote mildew growth, however, mildew may grow on dirt and other foreign substances that are not removed from the fabric.

To clean mildew, or other stubborn stains on Sunbrella Fabric

  • Prepare a solution of 8 ounces (1 cup) of bleach and 2 ounces (1/4 cup) of mild soap per gallon of clean water.
  • Spray on entire area and allow to soak into the fabric.
  • Scrub vigorously with a soft sponge, or clean towel.
  • Rinse thoroughly to remove all soap residue.
  • Allow fabric to air dry.
  • If stain and/or mildew are severe, bleach quantities may be increased.


Umbrellas

  • When not in use, close umbrella fully to post.
  • Intermittently clean the fabric with lukewarm water, mild detergent, and a sponge.
  • Allow a wet canopy to dry slightly opened, but do not leave unattended.
  • Wipe sliding marks on the aluminum poles with a damp cloth.
  • Ensure fabric is not pinched by the ribs when closed, as this can cause friction and rubbing of the material
  • Winter Storage: Cover umbrella with protective cover.
  • Umbrella bases should not be stored area where water can accumulate/pool.


General BBQ Cleaning

  • Wipe the outside of the grill lid with a paper towel and cleaner (glass cleaner for porcelain-coated lids and stainless steel cleaner for stainless steel lids.) If your grill is stainless steel, you’ll get the best results by buffing with the grain, not against, using a microfiber towel.
  • Clean the side tables with a microfiber towel and stainless steel cleaner. Again, make sure to buff with the grain. If your tables are made of thermoset plastic, use a mild dish detergent and warm water instead.
  • Cleaning the cook box may seem tricky, but it’s actually extremely simple and can have a big impact on the way your grill performs. When your grill is completely cool, carefully remove your cooking grates and sear plates. Then, using a stainless steel grill brush, brush all excess grease and debris from inside the cook box into the bottom tray. From here, it will be easy to discard.
  • Burning off residue left on your grill is always a good practice, just turn on all your burners to high for 15 minutes before grilling. When your grill reaches these high temperatures, food debris will turn to ash, and will then be easy to brush off using a stainless steel bristle brush.

That’s it! Pretty simple, really. Just follow these steps and your grill will be cooking strong for many years to come.

Outdoor Furniture & Barbecue Design Centres

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Toronto

1280 Castlefield Avenue
Toronto, ON M6B 1G3
416-782-2700
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Vaughan

8677 Weston Road
Vaughan, ON L4L 1A6
905-851-5700
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