Caring For Your New Outdoor Furniture

Using premium grade materials and craftsmanship, your new outdoor furniture has been designed and manufactured with great care and attention to detail.

To extend the life of your furniture we recommend in general:

  • That it not be over exposed to long hours of direct sunlight or harsh elements.
  • Outdoor furniture kept under shade areas such as pergolas or awnings will maximise the life of the product.
  • Store your furniture in a cool, dry place when not in use or undercover if possible.
  • Ensure all fabrics and cushion fill is dry prior to storage.

Poly-Wicker Outdoor Furniture

Synthetic or poly wicker furniture has the advantage of not fading and being mould-free and moisture resistant. You can leave it out in any weather, and it is easier to clean and maintain than any natural wicker. This type of wicker is normally hand woven onto a powder coated aluminium frame to give superior strength to the furniture and guard against corrosion.

For basic cleaning:

  • Use a brush to remove dirt and cobwebs then hose it down with water or use a pressure washer on soft or medium settings and simply let it dry.
  • We also suggest using a premium car shampoo as this has UV agents and will further protect your wicker outdoor furniture.
  • Plastic or resin wicker is 100% waterproof.
  • To avoid scratches, don't use abrasive cleaners or scrubs.
  • For spillages between periodic maintenance - stains and spills can be cleaned up with some mild detergent and warm water.

Timber Outdoor Furniture

Always try to cover your outdoor wood furniture with a waterproof cover when not in use especially during winter months. All major hardware stores should carry a range of covers that cater for most outdoor setting sizes.

Three or four times per year, clean your furniture and dry thoroughly. Dirt can deteriorate your furniture so frequent cleaning is key to its longevity. Thoroughly hose down the furniture to remove any cobwebs or debris. Use common timber outdoor furniture cleanser as directed by mixing in a bucket with water and scrubbing down the furniture.

Next, oil the furniture. Saturate the wood with oil and let it soak in. The oil will protect the timber and this process should only take about 10 minutes. Handy hint- use a water spray trigger bottle and fill with oil and spray areas which allows the oil to penetrate into all the small spaces and will keep moisture out of the whole setting.

We suggest using Feast Watson Natural Outdoor Furniture Oil for a professional job. This product offers a protective, penetrating oil with UV, water, fungi and mould resistant properties. Link to Feast Watsons website for outdoor Furniture care -

Also check the furniture hardware as constant use can loosen bolts/nuts and make screws come loose. Fully inspect the furniture and make certain that everything is in place and replace hardware if needed.

If your timber outdoor furniture hasn't been oiled for some time and has started to turn silvery grey, we recommend that you lighly sand the timber surface to reveal the original timber colour. Once completed, then coat exposed timber with outdoor furniture natural oil.

Aluminium Furniture

Cleaning aluminium furniture is easy and if done frequently will ensure your aluminium outdoor furniture will last many years. Oxidation is about the only problem with aluminium and stainless steel outdoor chairs and tables. 

To clean the metal we suggest using a quality car shampoo and sponge or for smaller patio settings a 1:1 solution of water and vinegar will work well.

For protection after cleaning your outdoor furniture we suggest using an automotive wax based product. This will make it easier for cleaning next time and will protect the finish from the harsh sun. 

Outdoor Cushion Care

To ensure the life of your cushions, we recommend that they are not over exposed to long hours of sunlight or harsh elements. As we do not warranty against the fading of cushions or mould growth, please follow these easy care instruction.

  • We recommend you store the cushions in a dry safe place like a storage box when not in use.
  • Brush off dirt and dust regularly from dry cushions.
  • Remove stains quickly to prevent permanent marking.
  • To clean, simply sponge lightly, with a solution of mild soap and water.
  • After cleaning, always rinse thoroughly with clean water.
  • Do not use any solvent type cleaners.
  • Most of our cushions have zips for easy removing.

Cleaning & Care Outdoor Sunbrella Fabric

  • Spot cleaning
    • Apply a light mist of mild soap and water using a spray bottle.
    • Work the solution into the stain by lightly scrubbing the area with a sponge or soft cloth.
    • Rinse thoroughly to remove all soap residues.
    • Air dry.
    • Repeat these steps until stain is removed.
  • Machine washing
    • Pre-treat any heavily stained areas with an appropriate stain remover
    • Depending on wash load size, use normal amounts of mild laundry soap.
    • Machine wash in warm water (less than 38°C) for best results.
    • Air dry.
  • For stubborn stains and/or mildew

    Sunbrella fabric does not promote mildew growth; however, mildew may grow on dirt and other foreign substances that are not removed from the fabric.

    To clean mildew, or other stubborn stains:

    • Add 1 cup of bleach to the cleaning solution as suggested in Mashing Washing section.
    • Soak fabric for 10 – 15 minutes in the diluted cleaning solution (stop machine prior to agitation).
    • Machine wash in warm water (less than 38°C) for best results.
    • Air dry.

    If stain and/or mildew are severe, bleach quantities may be increased.

  • Professional cleaners

    When evaluating the services of a professional firm, you should inquire about the firm’s experience in working with Sunbrella fabrics and knowledge of cleaning requirements. DO NOT dry clean Sunbrella fabrics.

    • Helpful hints
    • Protect the area around your Sunbrella fabric when using a bleach solution – bleach may discolor non-Sunbrella fabrics.
    • Always rinse Sunbrella thoroughly to completely remove bleach.
    • Sunbrella air dries very quickly. Machine drying is not necessary.

    If fabric has some wrinkling, use an iron, if necessary, but only on the synthetic* setting. As some irons exceed the recommended 100°F/38°C temperature on the synthetic setting, test a small inconspicuous area before ironing entire piece. DO NOT use a steamer or iron set to steam setting.

  • Maintenance tip:

    About once a month, use a water hose to gently spray off any dirt that has settled on your cushions. This keeps the dirt from settling in and extends the time between soap and water cleaning and retreating.

    • Cold machine wash cushion covers
    • Mild detergent
    • Do not bleach
    • Do not tumble dry
    • Do not dry clean
    • Dry flat in open air
    • Do not steam iron

    To add to the longevity of the product, it is advisable during wet, colder months to keep fabric in a dry and ventilated environment

    We recommend using 303 fabric cleaner and fabric guard on your product.

    Please contact us if we haven't been able to assist you with our published outdoor furniture care instructions.

Outdoor Furniture Superstore
670 Maroondah Hwy Mitcham , VIC 3132
Phone Number - 03 9872 5555
Opening Hours:
Monday - Saturday 9:30am - 5.00pm
Sunday - 10am - 5pm
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