Care & Maintenance
As with any equipment, periodic maintenance is necessary to ensure longevity of the product and customer satisfaction. We recommend that the products be examined every 30 days. Regular periodic care of your furniture will maintain its appearance and functionality better than occasional, heavy-duty maintenance. Consider the specific conditions and usage to which your product is exposed so appropriate maintenance is provided.
For storage, all furniture should be stored neatly, stacked to reasonable height, and packed in a clean and dry area. Tables should not be stacked. Stacked chairs should not be dragged, and when being unstacked they should not be slammed or dropped to the ground.
Grosfillex Commercial Resin Furniture
Grosfillex commercial resin furniture is easy to maintain by following these simple cleaning tips. Use a mild detergent such as dish soap, mixed with water and applied with a soft cloth for most common dirt and stains. Murphy’s® Oil Soap is highly recommended because it is chemically neutral. NEVER use any cleaner with an abrasive scouring pad. It will scratch the finish, which will make the product more prone to staining. A patch test should be conducted on an inconspicuous area on the furniture prior to cleaning stubborn stains or scuffmarks. Other cleaning procedures include products such as general, non-abrasive, household cleaners such as Windex®, Fantastik®, or 409® which are often helpful in removing various stains. Star Brite®, WD-40®, Goo-Gone® will often remove stubborn stains. A 10% solution of vinegar or bleach is also recommended. Careful application of mineral spirits or rubbing alcohol followed by immediate rinsing can also be used for oil-based stains. While solvents are not generally recommended, careful application on sticky, sap-like, or carbon-based stains – immediately rinsed off with clean water – will work as a last resort.
- In addition to the above cleaning suggestions, please look at your Grosfillex tables and chairs to see if the foot caps/glides are either missing or excessively worn, as these parts dramatically increase the life and stability of the furniture and can be easily replaced and purchased through Resort Contract Furnishings.
- For those users of Grosfillex sling chaise lounges (i.e. Nautical, Marina, Catalina), please check for excessive sling wear and discoloration. Power washing is ok, just not on a high-pressure setting and not at close range. This can cause damage to the nylon threads. These slings are easily replicable, and sold by Resort Contract Furnishings.
- In 2018 replacement sling prices ranged from $70-$79 per chaise, and is a perfect project to work on in the off-season that will give your chaises a new appearance for your customers.
Aluminum Framed Strap, Sling, and Cushioned Furniture
- Regularly tighten the headrest bolts on all chaise lounges and recliners. Confirm movement is smooth without binding and that the ratchet engages properly at each position.
- WINTER STORAGE- Our furniture is intended to be used outdoors. In milder climates, the patio furniture can be left outdoors year-round. Each piece has drain holes built into the frame to minimize water build up. Caution: Do NOT store frames upside down. If you live in an area that experiences freezing conditions, store your clean and dry outdoor furniture right side up in a dry, protected place. Water can collect and/or condense inside the frame tubing – if to exposed freezing temperatures, this water could freeze causing the frame to crack or burst. This damage is NOT covered under your warranty.
- For painted finishes (used on aluminum seating, tables, and non-wood umbrellas), periodically clean the finish with a sponge or soft bristle brush using a cleaning solution with ¼ cup (2 oz.) mild liquid soap in a gallon of lukewarm water. Rinse thoroughly. Avoid using abrasive cleaners. For gloss finishes, we recommend periodic waxing of the frame with a high-grade automotive paste wax or the use of a commercially available protectant to help maintain and/or restore the luster of the finish.
Glides & End Caps
- Glides (often referred to as “nylon feet”) are sometimes lost or become worn with use, and should be replaced when lost or worn for stability and safety. Replacement glides and end caps can be purchased through Resort Contract Furnishings.
- Vinyl straps must be cleaned frequently with a sponge or soft bristle brush using a cleaning solution with ¼ cup (2 oz.) mild liquid soap in a gallon of lukewarm water. Rinse thoroughly. In geographical areas with high concentrations of acid rain, fog and/or smog, vinyl must be cleaned monthly with a lukewarm water and ammonia mixture. Use three parts to one part ammonia. Rinse thoroughly.
- For furniture with woven straps, be sure to lift and clean beneath the strap and/or face intersections. Commercial casual furniture cleaners will help lift embedded dirt and oil. Caution: Do NOT use abrasive cleaners on vinyl straps.
- A common complaint that we receive from customers using vinyl strap furniture is that on some chaises they see a “browning” or discoloration located in high body-contact areas. This problem is caused by certain suntan and sun block products containing “PABA.” PABA is harmful to vinyl and can permanently discolor it; therefore, contact with vinyl straps or lacing should be avoided. If contact is made, cleaning the vinyl immediately with a non-abrasive, mild soap and water solution followed by a fresh water rinse may minimize the possibility of discoloration. Laying a beach towel over the vinyl straps of outdoor furniture whenever they are in use will help protect the vinyl from the discoloring effects of PABA.
Slings & Cushions
- The life of your patio furniture fabric largely depends on its care. Clean all spills promptly. Fabric life can be extended by simply rinsing down the patio furniture regularly with water. Certain suntan and sun block products may permanently discolor the sling or cushion. We recommend using a beach towel to protect against discoloration. In addition, storing the cushions when not in use will extend cushion life. Hint: Standing a cushion on its side will help it drain faster.
- Do not use a bleach solution unless specifically listed as a cleaning agent for the specific fabric, such as for solution dyed acrylics.
- Do not submerse or allow cushions to lie in standing water.
- Do not put cushions into the dryer.
- Do not use harsh detergents or stiff bristle brushes.
- Do not use Pine Oil cleaners or abrasive household cleaners.
- Do not use heat or hot water.
- Mildew may form on dirt or other substances deposited on the fabric. Regular cleaning of the furniture will help prevent it from forming. If mildew does develop, add 1 cup bleach to the cleaning solution. Apply to the affected area and allow to soak in. Scrub with a soft bristle brush, then rinse thoroughly.
- Replacement slings and cushions are available from Resort Contract Furnishings and make a great off-season project.
Dura Weave All Weather Wicker
- Vacuum or use a soft brush on woven material to remove organic material. Using a sponge, wash with mild detergent and warm water to remove soil. Rinse and allow to dry before storage.
Always close market umbrellas and patio umbrellas in their stands when not in use. All umbrellas must always be closed and removed from service in windy conditions to protect umbrellas against damage from inclement weather, and to protect persons from potential injury due to umbrellas toppling or moving in such conditions. If market or patio umbrellas become wet, open for a complete airing and make certain they are thoroughly dry before closing. Occasional lubrication of the moving parts of market and patio umbrellas with a silicon lubricant spray is recommended, please protect the fabric from overspray to avoid staining.
Sunbrella Acrylic Top Umbrella/Cushion Cleaning Tips
- Brush off any loose dirt using a cloth brush or towel.
- Create a solution of 2 ounces (1/4 cup) mild soap per gallon of lukewarm water (less than 100°F/38°C). The term “mild soap” is all over the place, but generally we are talking about a mild laundry soap like Gain or Tide. Anything that isn’t EXTRA STRENGTH would do fine.
- Use a sponge or a soft bristle and clean in circular motions and press the sponge or towel into the fabric for stained areas.
- Rinse thoroughly to remove all soap residue. You can spray the umbrella with a hose if you’d like. With cushions, use a sponge or towel free of soap, just water, and splash water on and then pick it up with the towel after you’ve wrung it dry.
- Allow fabric to air dry.
If your umbrella or cushion fabric is removable, you can launder them in your washing machine. For removable Sunbrella fabric umbrella and cushion covers, machine wash in cold water (less than 100°F/38°C). Depending on your load size, use normal amounts of laundry soap. Allow fabric to air dry. Drying your fabrics in the dryer is NOT recommended. Tumble drying acrylic fabrics can sometimes cause shrinkage or wrinkling. Hang up your fabrics on a clothesline if you can. When done, you can iron them with your iron set on synthetics.
If you have any questions please feel free to call us at (888) 848-9555