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Care & Maintenance

POLYWOOD Furniture is Easy to Clean

Whether your outdoor furniture needs a quick clean before guests arrive or a heavier “spring clean”, it doesn’t take much effort for your POLYWOOD furniture to look like new.

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How to Clean POLYWOOD Furniture

Use this method for a quick clean-up here and there throughout the season — adding in the bleach solution to eliminate any stubborn stains or dirt build-up from the winter months.

  1. Mix mild dish soap and warm water in a bucket.
  2. Use a clean cloth to wipe the soapy mixture onto the surfaces of your furniture, cleaning off any dirt.
  3. For extra cleaning power, mix 1/3 bleach and 2/3 water.
  4. Apply bleach mixture to furniture with a clean cloth and allow it to sit on the lumber for a few minutes (this will not affect the color).
  5. Loosen any dirt and debris that may catch in the surface grooves of the lumber by scrubbing the bleach mixture with a soft-bristle brush.
  6. Rinse thoroughly.

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Added Cleaning Power

If you haven’t cleaned your furniture in a year it’s time to go big. Plus, using a high-pressure power washer is pretty satisfying.

  1. First, use a high-pressure power washer (not to exceed 1,500 psi) for an initial deep clean. This will really help get into the texture of the lumber
  2. Then, follow the steps at the left for any persistent spots, rinsing thoroughly when complete.
Cushions and Pillows

How to Clean POLYWOOD Sunbrella® Cushions & Pillows

Sunbrella® fabrics don’t promote mildew growth, however, mildew may grow on dirt and other foreign substances that are not removed from the fabric. Follow these simple steps to keep your cushions and pillows looking new:

  1. Brush or rinse off any loose dirt and debris before it has a chance to become embedded in the fabric.
  2. Clean spills with a homemade mixture of 1/4 cup mild soap per gallon of lukewarm water, applying to spills right away with a clean cloth.
  3. Rinse thoroughly and allow to air dry; standing cushions on their side will allow them to dry faster.

Note: Air dry only; do not dry clean. Do not use heat, hot water, harsh detergents, hard bristle brushes, or allow your cushions to be submerged and/or lie in water.

Visit sunbrella.com for more cleaning tips.

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Cushion & Pillow Tips

Easily extend the life of your cushions and pillows with these helpful tips:

  1. Apply a fabric guard, such as 303®, after each thorough cleaning.
  2. If applicable: flip your cushions periodically to even out the wear on each side.
  3. Store or cover cushions when not in use.
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How to Clean POLYWOOD Aluminum

Before cleaning your aluminum surfaces make sure the furniture is not hot from sun exposure. Note: strong solvents, abrasive cleaners, or hard pads and brushes should not be used on your aluminum furniture as they can cause damage.

  1. Mix mild dish soap and warm water in a bucket.
  2. Use a clean cloth to wipe the mixture onto the aluminum surfaces, cleaning off any dirt.
  3. For extra cleaning power, first spot test a mild solvent, such as mineral spirits, to ensure there is no coating damage or staining from the cleaner.
  4. Apply solvent to the stain with a soft cloth or sponge until removed.
  5. Rinse thoroughly.

When cleaning POLYWOOD lumber with the recommended bleach/water mixture do not allow prolonged exposure to any aluminum areas (no more than 20 minutes) before rinsing with water. Long exposure to bleach can damage the aluminum coating.

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High-Power Clean

If you haven’t cleaned your aluminum furniture in a year it’s time to go big. Plus, using a high-pressure power washer is pretty satisfying.

  1. Use a high-pressure power washer (not to exceed 1,500 psi) for an initial deep clean.
  2. Follow the standard cleaning steps for any persistent spots, rinsing thoroughly when complete.
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How to Clean Phifertex® Sling Fabric

Easily extend the life of your Phifertex® sling fabric by cleaning it with the homemade solution below once or twice a year with moderate use.

  1. Mix a simple cleaning solution with 1 Tbsp mild dish soap and 2 Tbsp bleach per gallon of water.
  2. Apply mixture to sling fabrics with a sponge or soft cloth and clean thoroughly.
  3. Rinse thoroughly and allow to air dry. Do not allow prolonged solution exposure to furniture hardware.

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Avoid Oil-Based Products

Avoid direct contact between sling fabrics and oil-based products, which may cause damage and accelerated aging of fabric. If direct contact occurs, clean promptly.

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Salt Environments:
Stainless Steel Hardware

All POLYWOOD hardware is 18-8 stainless steel with an AlloChrome 3200+™ finish and cosmetic coating. Although the quality of our hardware has a high level of corrosive resistance, it can show some sign of corrosion in salt air environments. Below are a few tips to help keep your hardware looking great:

  1. Mix mild dish soap and warm water in a bucket.
  2. Apply soap mixture to hardware with a soft bristle brush, scrubbing the corroding areas of the hardware.
  3. Rinse thoroughly.

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Salt-Air Tips

Mother nature can be brutal. If you’re looking to go the extra mile to protect hardware with signs of corrosion, you can apply a color-appropriate appliance touch up paint (available at your local hardware store).