CARE & MAINTENANCE
Resin & Vinyl Wickers
(Brown Jordan, North Cape, Gloster, Kettler, Kingsley-Bate, Nardi, Patio Renaissance)
Resin and Vinyl Wickers are ideal materials for both indoor and outdoor furniture. They are gracefully styled, low maintenance and extremely weather resistant, however, a few precautions will help ensure that your furniture provides you with many years of satisfaction.
- Place your furniture away from trees or bushes that can drip sap.
- When not using your furniture, either remove your cushions and store away in a dry spot or invest in a quality set of furniture covers.
- Spread a towel over your chair or chaise before you apply insect repellant, suntan lotion or oil. While some products are totally harmless, others may cause the fabric to “burn” or change colour due to different chemical formulations.
Care & Maintenance
Apply a coat of non-hazing automotive paste wax at the start of each season as well as before putting your furniture away at the end of the season. Wipe down the frames occasionally with water mixed with liquid detergent and rinse thoroughly afterwards. During winter storage, do not store the frames upside down as damage may occur from water freezing inside the hollow aluminum frame.
Many stains can be removed with mild soap or detergent. Use “Soft Scrub” to remove more stubborn stains and light scratches. Industry cleaners may also be used.
Touch-up nicks and scratches promptly. When using touch-up paints, follow the instructions and cautions on the product label. Begin by rubbing lightly with a fine steel wool to smooth the surface and improve paint adhesion. Apply thin coats of touch-up paint and allow ample drying time between coats. When complete, wax repaired area with a non-hazing automotive paste wax.
Very little maintenance is required to maintain the beauty of your resin wicker. We do recommend, however, a periodic cleaning to remove any dirt, dust or oils that may collect over time to keep your wicker looking new.
If you are using your furniture outdoors, the wicker may be washed with mild detergent and water when it becomes soiled using a wet sponge, cloth or a soft plastic bristle brush. Rinse and allow to dry thoroughly before use. For more stubborn stains, apply toothpaste or a gentle commercial abrasive cleaner (Bon Ami, Vim) to a clean, dry cloth and rub gently. Restore shine with a non-hazing automotive paste wax.
To remove mildew, use a solution of warm water, mild laundry detergent and chlorine bleach (no more than 1 cup of bleach to 3 gallons of water). Do not use solvents, scouring agents, carbon tetrachloride, undiluted bleach, janitorial cleaners, or gasoline. If in doubt about using a detergent, choose an inconspicuous area and test the cleaner.
If you are using your furniture indoors, a damp cloth with mild soap and water should be the only requirements for maintaining your wicker.
Similar to resin wicker, vinyl wicker requires very little maintenance. We still recommend periodic cleaning to remove any dirt, dust or oils that may collect.
If you are using your furniture outside, the vinyl wicker should be washed occasionally with a mild soap or detergent and warm water or with a water and ammonia mixture (1/4 cup ammonia per 3 gallons of water). Avoid abrasive cleaners.
Certain suntan lotions, blocks and insect repellents can permanently discolour vinyls. The possibility of this occurring can be minimized by cleaning the vinyl immediately after contact using an ammonia mixture (1/4 cup ammonia per 3 gallons of water).
Table Tops – Glass
Clean regularly with a soft cloth, mild detergent, vinegar and warm water. Buff the glass dry with a clean lint free cloth. Commercial glass cleaners may also be used. Avoid using solvents and scouring agents.
The use of furniture covers when the furniture is not in use over an extended period of time will minimize the necessity for additional cleaning and extend its life.