Some basic cleaning and the use of protectants on a regular basis will extend the life of your furniture frames. Simply leaving your furniture outside in the elements for years without cleaning nor applying any protectant will cause the finish to fade due to the harsh U/V rays from the sun and the build up of surface dirt. If you live close to the coast, the sea air combined with the sun’s powerful U/V rays will exponentially age your furniture. Think about it: would you buy a new car and not wash it for seven years then take it back to the dealer to ask why the finish has faded? Furniture should be cleaned at least once every 2-3 months with the use of water and a mild detergent. Avoid using abrasive materials, cleaners, car wax or bleach products on frames. Rinse with clean water and dry thoroughly.
When the frame is dry, we recommend applying a protectant to the frame evenly with a clean sponge or lint-free rag and allow it to dry thoroughly before use. This protectant is similar to products used on cars to protect bumpers from U/V rays and premature aging. However, we DO NOT recommend using car products. Use only products designated for outdoor furniture use as some car products have harsh chemicals and have a lower viscosity level, offering little to no protection. Ensure you pay attention to the glides on the bottom of your furniture collections. These over time will wear down and cause the frames to come in contact with the surface of your deck or patio. When the frames come in contact with decks or patios without the glides in place providing that 1/2 inch barrier, the bottom of the frame will rub off the finish causing moisture to then be able to enter the finish from the bottom. This causes the finish to start to peel, chip, crack or bubble. Avoid dragging furniture and monitor the life of the foot pads on the bottom of the furniture.
Recommended Products: 303 Aerospace Protectant , 303 Multi-Surface Cleaner, 303 Fabric Guard, Faron
Guard, Simple Green and/or a Mild Dishwashing liquid such as Dawn.