Extending The Life Of Your Pool Furniture and Accessories
Extending the life of your pool furniture and accessories is very important, especially with today’s market. Raw material shortages, price increases, and labor shortages are even more reasons to maintain what you have and make it last.
Extreme elements such as the sun, rain, and wind take a toll on patio furniture and umbrellas.
The key is knowing how to clean and maintain your patio furniture and accessories, as well as which products are the right ones for the job. Most outdoor fabrics are manufactured with UV inhibitors, which help prevent fading and sun rot. Improper cleaning and using products that have not been approved by the manufacturer may make furniture look great for the first few weeks, but over time can cause an even bigger problem. This could also void any warranty.
Whether you do it yourself or contract the work out, make sure the manufacturer has approved any cleaning products you plan to use.
Outdoor furniture factories and fabric mills recommend mild soap and warm water with a soft cloth, to clean basic acrylic fabrics and vinyl–coated polyesters. When it comes to difficult stains such as suntan oils and food, etc., other combinations of products are recommended, depending on the stain. It is important not to use any product without reading all instructions first. Make sure you test all cleaning products on a small piece of fabric before using it on the rest of your furniture.
Never use high-pressure washers or chemicals that are not recommended by the manufacturer. High-pressure washers can cut through the fabric and damage fibers as well as the protective finish.
In addition, waxing your frames with a One-Step Car Wax will protect them from the extreme sun and other elements that may cause frames to oxidize.
As you clean check the glides or feet of the furniture. If they are worn, replace them. Glides keep your furniture from damaging pool decks and protect the furniture from becoming damaged. They allow the furniture to “Glide” across a surface. When badly worn, the frames will drag and grab and eventually bend and break. An inexpensive part could save you hundreds of dollars in the long run.
Always close your umbrellas when not in use and make sure they are secured in their bases especially when a storm is on the horizon, otherwise you may be blown away by the aftermath.
Additional cleaning instructions are found on our website, along with information on our cleaning and refurbish division.