Outdoor Fabric

WHY OUTDOOR FABRIC?

  • Water resistant
  • Easy to clean
  • Machine washable

NATURAL CHARACTERISTICS

This product may possess physical and technical attributes that form part of the natural characteristics of this material. Such features may include, but are not limited to:

  • Colour variation
  • Texture variation
  • Fabric density
  • Tensile strength
  • Pilling propensity
  • Abrasion resistance
  • Colour fastness

HOW TO CLEAN OUTDOOR FABRIC

  1. Remove all throws and accessories before cleaning
  2. Remove any loose dirt and particles with a dry cloth or soft vacuum attachment
  3. Apply an outdoor fabric cleaning solution such as Guardsman Weather Defence Fabric Protector and use as directed
  4. Alternatively, prepare a mild cleaning solution consisting of approximately 2 teaspoons of ph-neutral soap with 1 litre of water
  5. Spray the solution on all fabric surfaces and allow to soak for 5 minutes
  6. Clean with a soft-bristled brush, moving in one direction only
  7. Rinse off thoroughly with a clean, wet cloth to remove any excess detergent and allow to dry naturally
  8. For machine washable cushion covers: remove covers carefully (see ADDITIONAL TIPS below) and place in a cold-water, gentle cycle with regular washing detergent
  9. Once machine-washed, allow the cushion covers to dry naturally before attempting to put the covers back on
  10. Repeat the cleaning process every 2-3 months, depending on the furniture’s level of use

HOW TO CLEAN OUTDOOR FOAM CUSHIONS

  1. Remove covers carefully (see ADDITIONAL TIPS below)
  2. Prepare a lukewarm-water bath consisting of 1 teaspoon mild, ph-neutral soap for every 1 litre of water and soak foam cushions - a clean sink or bathtub works best
  3. Hand-wash and rinse thoroughly with cold water, until the water runs clear
  4. Press gently to remove excess water and allow to dry naturally
  5. Do not apply cushion covers until the foam is completely dry
  6. Repeat the cleaning process every 2-3 months, or as required

ADDITIONAL TIPS

  • To remove fabric covers, unzip the cover fully, fold the cushion in half to allow the opening some slack and gently pull out
  • Be mindful that zippers are fragile and force should never be used when opening, as this may result in breakage
  • Do not remove the Dacron mesh lining from the foam, as this will reduce mould-resistant properties and cushion longevity
  • Take care when removing cushion covers as zippers may catch on to the Dacron lining, resulting in a jammed zipper
  • A quick solution of WD-40 sprayed onto a cotton bud may assist with stiff zippers - simply apply to the teeth of the zipper, paying special attention to the zipper tab
  • Turn covers inside out to protect the zippers while cleaning
  • When putting the covers back on (once dry), do not immediately zip up - instead, leave them unzipped, take a seat and allow the foam some time to work it’s way back into the cover before zipping up
  • Do not dry-clean, tumble-dry or wring-dry cushion covers or foam as this may cause damage   
  • Wipe down surfaces regularly to prevent buildup of excess dirt, dust, salt or chlorine, which may lead to damage
  • Blot liquid spills and stains immediately with a clean, dry cloth or paper towel, working from the outside of the stain to the inside using only just enough pressure to remove the substance
  • Don’t rub - instead, wipe down surfaces from seam-to-seam using only a light pressure to avoid colour lifting and to prevent stains from getting embedded due to vigorous cleaning
  • Clean the entire surface area of the upholstery to avoid water rings and stains
  • Don’t allow upholstery to stay wet - keep cushions out of heavy rain, clean spills immediately using the correct cleaning method and remove excess moisture
  • Prop wet cushions on their sides to allow easy and efficient drainage
  • Always allow outdoor furniture to air-dry completely before use
  • Do not use a hair dryer or heater to dry upholstery
  • Where applicable, fluff and rotate cushions regularly to maintain shape and increase longevity
  • Prolonged outdoor use in extreme weather conditions is not recommended
  • Cover furniture when not in use to prevent damage from inclement weather, leaf mulch, sap and wildlife
  • Consider furniture placement and avoid areas that are likely to cause excessive build up of corrosive materials

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