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Outer Care & Maintenance

Tips on caring for your products

Overview

Designing for the outdoors is tough. Products are exposed to sunlight, rain, freeze/thaw cycles, bird droppings, tree sap, dirt, leaves and the occasional spilled food or drink. With this in mind, we've spent countless hours researching what makes the highest quality outdoor furniture in the world and used the latest advancements in materials technology to provide you with a superior product. However, no product is foolproof. Here are general tips for cleaning and maintenance to prolong the life of your investment.

Cushion Fabric & OuterShell®

Our patented OuterShell® provides light-duty protection from the elements and doubles as an easy way to transport the cushions when storing (like an oversized briefcase). The OuterShell zips to the back of the seat cushion and can be easily attached and removed for cleaning.

Try to keep the fabrics dry

The OuterShell® was designed to protect against morning dew, dirt, and light to medium rain. If you're facing several days of rain, it is best to bring the cushions indoors. To make things even easier, the OuterShell has a grab and go handle to easily transport your cushions to a protected location. For transport, simply cover your cushions with the OuterShell, tuck the end under the bottom of your cushion and stick it to the velcro underneath. After a rainstorm, uncover your cushions and turn them up on their side to provide enough air circulation to dry properly.

Cushion Fabric & OuterShell® care and cleaning

Routine care and maintenance are important to the life of all fabrics. Clean fabrics at the beginning of the season, at the end of the season, and after parties. Clean stains immediately. We recommend that you first spray off the stain with a garden hose which oftentimes will completely remove a fresh stain. Watch our Co-Founder and Chief Design Officer, Terry, cleaning mustard, ketchup, and BBQ sauce off his cream cushion covers here.

For tougher stains. If spraying off the stain with your hose doesn't completely remove the stain, our suggested next step is to add 2 ounces of mild soap such as Woolite or Dawn dishwashing liquid to 1 gallon of lukewarm water. Clean the fabrics with a soft bristle brush. Rinse thoroughly with cold water and air dry.

For stubborn stains. Combine no more than 1 cup of bleach with 1 gallon of water and add to a spray bottle. Spray lightly on the fabric, while making sure to not fully soak the fabric. Prolonged exposure to harsh chemicals can damage the water ­repellent coating (DWR) and weaken the fibers of the fabric. Rinse immediately. Do not leave bleach solution on the fabric for more than 2 minutes. Cleaning with harsh cleaners such as bleach will require retreatment with 303 High Tech Fabric Guard to restore water repellency.

Machine washing

The OuterShell® contains an aluminum rod for strength and can not be cleaned in a washing machine. Please remove the OuterShell® from your cushion fabric before washing. The cushion covers are machine washable on gentle cycle, in cold water, with mild detergent. DO NOT PLACE IN DRYER. Allow your cushion covers to hang dry. It is recommended to replace the velcro strips that originally shipped with your cushions before machine washing to avoid fabric pilling.

Storage

A moist environment creates ideal conditions for mold and mildew growth. If possible, keep cushions or pillows under an umbrella, awning, or pergola. If possible, it’s a good idea to store your furniture at the end of the season. If you’re unable to store your furniture, make sure you buy covers that are designed to stand up to the rigors of the elements, which is especially vital if you live in a geographic location that receives harsh winters. The Outer All-Weather Cover was developed & tailored exclusively for the Outer Sofa to offer complete protection from the elements.

Sofa Frames and Tables

Wicker sofa care

Start by removing leaves and other debris trapped between wicker strands with a vacuum cleaner or soft bristle brush. Wipe off any loose accumulated dirt with a cloth. Hose off the frame with a spray hose on a medium setting to loosen dirt and dust.

The same cleaning formula used on your fabrics can also be used to clean the all-weather wicker. (2 ounces of mild soap, such as Woolite or Dawn dishwashing liquid, to 1 gallon of lukewarm water)

Clean the wicker with a soft bristle brush. Rinse thoroughly with a spray hose and let the frame and wicker air dry before storing it or putting it back in use. If possible, let it dry in filtered sunlight or partial shade rather than intense sun.

Warning: Bleach and abrasive cleaners can permanently damage the all-weather wicker leading to chronic dirt accumulation.*

Teak sofa and table care

Teak contains natural oils that protect it from rot, and that's an important reason why craftspeople use it to make boat decks and outdoor furniture. Cleaning teak patio furniture is relatively simple, and most routines only require a mild detergent and water mix along with a bristled brush to keep your items looking great.

When you receive your teak furniture, wipe down all surfaces of the teak, including underneath the frame or table, with soapy water prior to placing the new cushions on top. This will help prevent natural teak oil from staining the cushion fabric. To clean natural teak oil from cushion fabric, quickly combine equal parts dishwashing liquid and warm water on the stain and rinse thoroughly.

It's a good idea to give teak a light cleaning at the end of the season, but no regular maintenance routine is required. If left unmaintained, teak will naturally develop an attractive silver-gray patina.

For deeper cleaning or to restore the color back to the original golden tone, you can use teak cleaner such as Star Brite’s Teak Cleaner and Losso’s Teak cleaner. Follow the directions provided by the manufacturer for best practices.

To finish, you can apply teak oil to your furniture which helps keep the grain from cracking and give the material a nice sheen.

For the Teak Coffee Table with Concrete Inlay, simply clean spills with a clean, dry cloth and avoid harsh cleaners and abrasives.

Aluminum sofa care

Hose off the frame with a spray hose on a medium setting to loosen dirt and dust. The same cleaning formula used on your fabrics can also be used to clean the aluminum. (2 ounces of mild soap, such as Woolite or Dawn dishwashing liquid, to 1 gallon of lukewarm water). Clean the aluminum with a soft bristle brush. Rinse thoroughly with a spray hose and let the frame air dry before storing it or putting it back in use. If possible, let it dry in filtered sunlight or partial shade rather than intense sun.

Rugs

Although indoor/outdoor rugs are totally synthetic and mold can’t grow on its fibers, mold can grow on the soil and moisture trapped inside of the rug. To keep your all-weather rug looking its best, try to occasionally vacuum it to keep dirt from settling deep beneath the fibers.

To clean a fresh spill, remove any excess debris or liquid that’s on top of the rug, and then blot the area repeatedly with a soft, dry cloth. Do not rub the spot.

If necessary, use a mild detergent, water, and a soft brush to remove any residue that is left. Then, blot until it’s almost dry. Use a hose to thoroughly rinse it, and allow it to dry outdoors.

Outdoor Bug Shield Throw Blankets

Blanket care and cleaning

Our Outdoor Bug Shield Throw Blanket is machine washable and can be cleaned with a mild detergent in warm water on the gentle cycle. It's best wash it separately from other items.

Dry cleaning is not recommended.

Please do not retreat the blanket with other permethrin insect repellent products.

Dining Tables and Director's Chairs

Teak & Aluminum Dining Table

For the teak tabletop

Clean the teak sections of the furniture using a mild detergent and water and a soft bristled brush. Avoid harsh cleaners and abrasives.

Over time your teak furniture will fade from the original golden color to a distinct silver gray finish. The color change is purely cosmetic and doesn’t affect the strength or durability of your furniture.

For a deeper cleaning or to restore the color back to its original golden tone, use a teak cleaner such as Star Brite® or Losso® and follow the directions provided by the manufacturer. To finish, apply teak oil, which helps keep the grain from cracking and gives the material an attractive sheen.

For the aluminum frame

Spray down the aluminum parts with a garden hose to remove loose dirt, leaves and debris. Avoid pressure washers as these can damage the powder-coated finish.

For tougher stains, spot clean using a solution of mild detergent and warm water, rinse with clean water, and allow to completely dry before using.

Teak Director's Chairs

Avoid harsh cleaners and abrasives. Use a mix of mild detergent and water, along with a soft bristled brush to keep your items looking great.

Over time your teak furniture will fade from the original golden color to a distinct silver gray finish. The color change is purely cosmetic and doesn’t affect the strength or durability of your furniture.

For a deeper cleaning or to restore the teak back to its original golden tone, use a teak cleaner such as Star Brite® or Losso® and follow the manufacturer's instructions. To finish, apply teak oil, which helps keep the grain from cracking and gives the material a nice sheen.

The seat and back fabric can be spot cleaned using a mild detergent and water mix.

Store indoors during the off-season. Make sure furniture is completely dry before storing.

Concrete Side Tables

To clean, wet the dirty area with a solution made from equal parts detergent and water. Allow the solution to sit on the surface for 2 minutes and then wipe with a soft cloth. Do not use any abrasive materials such as scouring pads or stainless steel scrubbing pads as these will chip the concrete surface.

Fire Pit Table and Accessories

Complete instructions are included in the user manual.

Griddle pan care and cleaning

After the griddle pan has completely cooled, use a soft sponge to handwash with warm, soapy water and rinse well. Do not use abrasive cleaners. Soak in warm water for 15-20 minutes to loosen any remaining food residue. Do not allow it to drip dry, as cast iron can rust if left wet for too long.

To maintain the griddle pan’s seasoning, rub a very light layer of cooking oil on the surface and wipe clean with a paper towel. Store the clean, dry griddle pan indoors because cast iron can rust if left outdoors. Complete instructions are included in the user manual.

Fire Pit Table body cleaning

The Fire Pit Table body (around the burner pan) is made from concrete. This surface should require little maintenance but may require periodic cleaning.

Make sure the Fire Pit Table is turned off and cool to the touch. The valve on the propane tank should be in the Off position, and the burner cover should be in place to help protect the burners from getting wet. With a soft sponge or soft cloth and a bucket of warm, soapy water (diluted dishwashing detergent), carefully wet the dirty section of the base, and allow the solution to sit for a couple of minutes before wiping the surface with the sponge or cloth. Avoid using abrasive materials as they can damage the concrete and/or painted surface. Complete instructions are included in the user manual.

Stainless steel part cleaning

Wipe these parts with a damp cloth and soapy water until clean. Avoid using abrasive cleansers or pads as the satin finish of the stainless steel surfaces will become scratched and damaged. Rinse with damp cloth and clean water. Allow surfaces to air dry. It is normal for the surfaces of the burner parts to show different colors over time. Complete instructions are included in the user manual.

Burner outlet orifices cleaning

Each of the two burners includes several small openings along the length. These are called burner outlet orifices and they help evenly distribute the propane gas just before being burned to create the flames. These orifices can get clogged over time and require periodic cleaning. The user manual includes complete instructions on how to clean the orifices as well as indications that they might be clogged.

Splatter guard cleaning

Hand wash with soap or wash in your dishwasher. Use a gentle brush for tough stains. Dry thoroughly before storing. Store the clean and dry splatter guard indoors before the next use. Complete instructions are included in the user manual.

Ceramic ball cleaning

Minor carbon deposits resulting from combustion are natural and add to the beauty of the set. If carbon becomes excessive, it can be lightly brushed or vacuumed away. If not in use for a prolonged period of time, store the ceramic balls in a dry area. Complete instructions are included in the user manual.

Propane tank cover cleaning

Wet the dirty area with a solution made from equal parts of detergent and water. Allow the solution to sit on the surface for 2 minutes and then wipe with a soft cloth. Avoid abrasive materials as these will chip the concrete surface. Complete instructions are included in the user manual.