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Of course, some of us like the weathered look of our furniture, but it’s still best to protect it from the extreme winter weather. One option to protect your furniture from the elements is to use protective covers.
We have swing and table covers available for purchase on our website. Another way to care for your furniture during the winter months is to apply a protective sealant.
A sealant protects the wood from moisture damage. Without a sealant, moisture from snow and freezing rain can seep into the wood, causing it to crack and wear. Finally, if you do not want to leave your furniture outside during the winter, storing the pieces indoors is a great idea. It is important to store in a place, like a garage or shed, that will be protected from the elements and extreme temperatures. Teak wood furniture, when exposed to the outdoors, will form a handsome silver-gray patina. This process will take approximately nine months, depending on the amount of sunlight and rain exposure.
The end result is furniture with a timeless appeal. During the weathering process you may notice "checking" or small cracks that appear in the wood. This is perfectly natural, as wood expands and contracts slightly when left outdoors. Checking is cosmetic only and in no way affects the structural integrity of the furniture. A lifting of the grain may occur on the top edges of the arms and legs. The grain will return to its original smooth finish after the initial weathering process. To aid this process, simply clean the furniture with a soft bristle brush or sponge as indicated in our cleaning instructions. Water spots or other discoloration may also occur during the weathering process. These will even out with time and with periodic cleaning, the furniture will achieve a uniform silver-gray. Once the furniture has begun to form a silver-gray patina, it is no longer necessary to bring the cushions indoors or move sling chairs. This information also applies to fabric umbrella canopies used on teak umbrella frames. The only maintenance necessary for your furniture is periodic cleaning. First, hose down the furniture with fresh water. Avoid spraying the teak with a high pressure hose, as high pressure can erode the surface of the timber. Next, scrub the wet furniture using a soft bristle brush and a solution of 2/3 cup laundry detergent and 1/4 cup bleach in 1 gallon of warm water. This will remove the silver-gray patina and restore the furniture to a golden brown color.
You should wait two weeks before applying the protector to newly assembled furniture. How should teak furniture be stored for the winter?
Teak furniture may be left outside all year round without an outdoor furniture cover. Snow and freezing temperatures will not harm the furniture. What are the black dots on my teak furniture?
Do not let the mildew remain on the wood for too long. Doing so could cause stains on the wood that are difficult to remove. Should furniture with slings be stored in freezing temperatures?
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Yes, we do recommend storing or covering furniture with slings in freezing temperatures. The upholstery (sling) should not be exposed to snow or ice, as this may result in damage. The best place to store furniture is a dry garage, garden shed, or basement. If furniture covers will be used, they should allow for proper ventilation.
We believe this only enriches the furniture’s rustic appeal and is not covered by warranty. What collections are made with rustic teak?
Can rustic collections be used outdoors, in full exposure to sun and rain?
Once it wears away, exposing unfinished teak to the elements, the wood will begin to acquire the beautiful gray patina that is typical of untreated teak. See specific product pages for size information. The finish is professionally applied through a multi-stage antiquing process. The finish applied to rustic collections is water based and does not contain stain resistant properties. Do not clean furniture with abrasive pads, brushes or cleansers as this can damage the finish. The same instructions apply to galvanized steel table tops. How should rustic collections be stored for the winter?
We recommend storing in a dry, unheated garage or shed, or beneath ventilated/breathable furniture covers. Clean and dry the furniture thoroughly before storing. Each piece is constructed from reclaimed teak wood. Tell me more about the characteristics of the reclaimed teak. The wood is kiln dried to improve the stability of the timber.
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How long will the factory finish last when the furniture is fully exposed to the elements?
It is therefore not possible to restore the original finish once it has begun to wear away. Will the furniture be stain resistant once the original finish wears away?
We recommend storing in a dry, unheated garage or shed, or beneath furniture covers. Always wipe with the directional grain of the steel, not across it. For finger prints or smudges, you may wish to use a stainless steel cleaner. Always read the manufacturer’s instructions carefully before applying a stainless steel cleaning product. For more thorough cleaning, wash the stainless steel with mild detergent and warm water using a soft cloth or sponge. After washing, rinse with fresh water and dry thoroughly. For finger prints, smudges, or brown surface spots, you may wish to use a stainless steel cleaner. Always read the manufacturer’s instructions carefully before applying a cleaning product.
Stainless steel is resistant to corrosion, however infrequent cleaning can lead to small brown spots appearing on the surface of the steel. These spots are cosmetic only and in no way affect the structural integrity of the furniture. Proper cleaning will help restore the steel to its original appearance. Will stainless steel heat up in the sunlight?
How should stainless steel furniture be stored for the winter?
For basic cleaning, hose down the aluminum frame with water and allow it to air dry.
For moderate cleaning, wash the aluminum with a soft cloth or sponge and a solution of 1 teaspoon liquid dish soap in 1 quart of warm water. Rinse thoroughly with a low pressure hose to remove any soap. Do not clean the furniture with abrasive pads, brushes or cleansers. Use care to avoid scratching the powdercoat finish. Aluminum is rustproof and suitable for use poolside and near salt water. How should aluminum furniture be stored for the winter?
If stored indoors, the furniture must be stored in an upright position to allow for proper water drainage. The best place to store your furniture is a dry garage, garden shed, or basement. Our all-weather wicker fiber is environmentally friendly and highly resistant to fading, cracking or tearing even after years of use.
We use strict quality control standards to help ensure consistent color of our all-weather wicker fiber. To clean your woven furniture, rinse the frame with fresh water using a high hose pressure. Be careful to avoid any teak details on the furniture as the high pressure can erode the surface of the timber. Optionally, you may wash the woven material with mild detergent and warm water using a soft brush.
After washing, rinse with fresh water until there are no soap bubbles remaining. If using a specialty outdoor furniture cleaner, avoid using a foaming product, as foam cleaners can leave residue in the gaps of the weaving and later attract dirt. How should woven furniture be stored for the winter?
Furniture must be stored in an upright position to allow for proper water drainage. Storing furniture upside-down may cause water to accumulate and freeze inside the frame, causing structural damage. Always thoroughly clean your furniture before placing in storage. Teak has oil that occurs naturally in the wood. In order to protect your cushions, bring them inside before the furniture gets wet. Stains from teak oil are not covered under warranty. Once the furniture has begun to form a silver-gray patina, it is no longer necessary to bring the cushions indoors. This information also applies to umbrella canopies. If your cushion becomes saturated with water, unzip the cushion and stand it on its edge in a dry, sunny location. The zipper-side should be facing down to allow the water to drain through the opening. Cushions will typically dry in 24-48 hours depending on the level of saturation and the weather conditions during the drying process. The fabric should be cleaned regularly before environmental deposits such as dirt, etc., are allowed to accumulate and become embedded. Do not subject the fabric to excessive heat as it will shrink. If you use liquid detergent instead of a natural soap to clean your cushions, it may be necessary to reapply the water repellent treatment to the fabric. Although solution-dyed acrylic does not promote mildew growth, mildew may grow on dirt and other foreign substances that are not removed from the fabric. If necessary, scrub vigorously with a sponge or clean cloth.
Helpful Tips For Protecting Outdoor Furniture This Winter
After cleaning, rinse the cushion thoroughly with fresh water to remove any soap or cleaner residue, and allow to air dry. If the cushion is saturated with water, unzip the cushion and stand it on its edge in a dry, sunny location. Instead, clean the cushions with the fill in place. Most cushions are ‘stuffed’ using specialized machinery, and it is not always possible to re-stuff the cushions by hand and achieve a professional, finished appearance. Cushions should be stored for the winter in climates exposed to snow and freezing temperatures. Cushions should be cleaned and allowed to air dry before placing into storage. Always store cushions in a dry, well ventilated area. The fabric on my cushion/pillow is pilling - is this normal?
Through normal use and wear, the surface of acrylic fabrics on cushions and pillows will sometimes pill. Please note that pilling may be worsened if pets are allowed on the furniture, as their nails tend to loosen short fibers of the textile, which then pill. To clean fabric slings, prepare a solution using 1 tbsp. Clean the fabric using a sponge or soft cloth dipped in the solution. Most common stains can be removed by cleaning promptly with warm water and strong detergent. Will suntan lotion or oil damage my fabric sling?
Furniture covers should be cleaned regularly before environmental deposits (dirt, etc.) are allowed to accumulate and become embedded in the fabric.
We recommend spot cleaning furniture covers. Take advantage of the outdoors for entertaining, relaxing or just as a little retreat. Once it’s completely decorated you’ll find yourself naturally gravitating to it. Depending on the size of the area, select a sofa and chair collection that fits the area and will be comfortable. You’ll want adequate seating for family members but also for future entertaining. For dining alfresco, consider one of the dining sets. A casual dining table with benches for seating is a welcoming spot for a picnic or a candlelight dinner. Small bistro tables and chairs fit easily into small spaces and fold up to store. Woven tables have a little nautical inspiration with wide striped fabric that matches with any decor. Once the furniture is situated where you want it, consider adding some accessories to make it feel even more like a room. Neutral hues in the rug’s color allow it to blend into any color motif.
A rug gives a soft padding for feet and a place for the kids to play or the dog to curl up and nap. Use outdoor limestone, galvanized tin or wooden planters filled with plants to liven up the outdoor living space. If you have a green thumb and enjoy tending to plants you can always plant live plants in the pots. If you prefer a low- or no-maintenance variety go for faux plants that look real. Hanging rope hangers with plants is a great idea to add some height dimension with a carefree, gypsy vibe. Dangle several haphazardly around the outdoor living area or hang a single planter in a corner or tight spot. The extra light will be helpful to see better but will also add a festive and hospitable tone in the air. Hang the lights on railings, walls or overhead if your patio is covered. Choose from lively flamingo lights, cacti or classic pineapples. Scatter the assorted candle in lanterns around the space to balance out the light. There are lots of ways to get creative in using the space.
You already have a fabulous backdrop with your backyard.
Strathwood Griffen 3 Seater Sofa Furniture Cover
Light the candles and fluff the furniture cushions just before guests arrive. By placing a bucket of ice filled with beverages on the dining or bistro table, folks will be drawn to that area for refills. Have appetizers on a coffee table near the sofa to balance out the crowd and where they tend to congregate. Acrylic or wooden serveware is basically shatterproof so you don’t have to worry about it breaking. The see-through container will show off the concoction garnished with limes in the margaritas, lemons in the tea or fruit slices in the sangria. Brighten up any room with this flowery botanical—no need to worry about watering!
Brighten up any room with this vibrant, sprouting arrangement—no need to worry about watering!
Your purchase of handcrafted items helps preserve craft traditions worldwide. Its open metal frame holds a freestanding glass vessel that protects the candle from wind and is easily removable, making lighting and cleaning effortless. An oversized 50” backdrop and generous front seat drop provide full furniture coverage, while a detachable, elasticized strap threads through a center loop at the back to keep the cover securely in place. Simply remove the strap to transform the cover into a sumptuous throw. Each stool has a 24″ seat height and features hand-woven wicker over an aluminum frame. Our wicker outdoor bar stools create a perfect place to socialize. This resin wicker chaise lounge is timeless. Pair with an outdoor sofa sectional for a chic look. Each is adorned with hand-woven wicker over a sturdy aluminum frame. Draped in hand-woven wicker, this outdoor sofa creates luxurious seating. Extend your living space with this work of art. Each piece is armless and draped in high-quality hand-woven wicker for ultimate comfort. Choose from four of our classic grey and brown finishes to personalize the look or match your current set of dining chairs.
Great for enjoying drinks or meals in your outdoor space. This equally durable and elegant outdoor dining table features a traditional slatted top. Available in four hand-painted finish options: weathered, mahogany, oyster, and slate gray. White weather-resistant cushions enhance your comfort and add contrast to its espresso frame and brown resin wicker upholstery. This chic seat includes quick-drying ivory cushions and black and white awning striped pillows for comfortable and luxurious lounging on the patio or in the backyard. Explore our selection of affordable options to ensure your outdoor furniture stays in pristine shape for the long term. You'll find perfectly shaped covers for bistro tables and even backyard fire pits.
We can also cover tables with umbrellas, or just the umbrellas themselves. Protect your outdoor pillows and chair cushions with storage covers for outdoor cushions, and use our outdoor pool lounger covers for the poolside. Simple, effective velcro ties keep our covers in place even as the high winds start to blow. When the sun returns, it's a snap to remove the covers, and they fold and store easily until they're needed again. Their excellent craftsmanship makes these affordable vinyl furniture covers a great value for your outdoor space. Keep your sofa spotless, protect your chair from pet hair or give your living room a new look!
Pets, kids and daily life can take a toll on your furniture. These covers are perfect for freshening up your favorite chair or protecting new furniture. Perfect for home, the cabin or the deer shack. This is a new, never used, open boxed item which has been inspected. Protects furniture from kids, pets and more. The covers are water repellent and machine washable. Comes with inches stay put inches covered elastic straps. Fits most sofas 74 in to 96 in, box cushion. The stretch fabric fits a variety of furniture shapes and sizes. Soft, durable and machine washable, you won't find an easier or more inexpensive way to update your furniture. Earthy colors in shades of brown and green. It's tangle safe, water repellant and soil safe. It wraps effectively to cover the seat, back and arms of your loveseat. It’s a must-have for homes with children and pets.
Deluxe Comfort Chaise Lounge Furniture Cover
This slipcover features two different solid colors, giving you two fresh looks to choose from. Face and back fabric treated with silver clear an antimicrobial additive to inhibit the growth of odor-causing bacteria on the furniture cover and effective up to 5 washings. This collection form fit slipcover protects sofas, chairs and loveseats from spills, stains, wear and tear. Made of a soft, lightweight, stylish twill fabric, this slipcover is incredibly comfortable and visually appealing. It’s strapless, slip resistant and machine washable for your convenience. Choose from a variety of beautiful colors to match your home décor!
The patented 2 pieces separate seat construction features built-in elastic corners, no more ties, and a better fit. Every sofa’s best friend, slipcovers protect against stains, dirt, and dog hair while updating furniture to fit your evolving style. This polyester blend slipcover brings soft, cozy texture to your seating group and stretches to fit sofas measuring up to 96'' wide and down to 74'' wide. Safeguard your furniture from spills, stains, wear and tear with this collection’s form fit slipcovers. They’re a must-have for homes with children or pets. Select your favorite from a palette of beautiful colors to accent your home’s decor!