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  1. 1. Dealing with pool and patio furniture in this Mid- Atlantic region can be very aggravating. Environmental affects such as sun, acid rain andwind along with the chemical impacts of chlorine and suntan lotion eventually destroy the once beautiful furniture. Fading and discoloration is inevitable. However, with a little know-how, you can prolong (sometimes even double) the usable life of the chairs, chaises, tables and umbrellas.environment furniture
  2. 2. In a commercial setting, standard retail furniture is not strong enough Nomatter how upscale the clientele, they still do not treat them as their own Thefurniture is abused This is why it is extremely important to have frames thatare built like tanks The most durable and cost effective furniture to havepool-side is constructed of welded aluminum that is powder-coatedStructurally they should be "beefed up" by having extra support bars in the"stress" areas The most trouble free seating employs 2" virgin vinyl strappingthat is double wrapped
  3. 3. Both the powder paint and vinyl strapping are specifically manufactured foroutdoor use These products are formulated using ultra-violet stabilizers andmildew inhibitors If treated and stored properly you should experience almosta decade of them looking good HOWEVER, in my experience, I have foundthat the longevity of the furniture is more a factor of what you don't do,rather than what is done Below you will find my primer of do's anddon'ts DO Recommend that towels always be used on chaise lounges
  4. 4. Have the lifeguards clean a select amount of pieces every morning Cleanonly with warm soapy water (light dish detergent such as Dawn) or vinylcleaners using sponge or soft brush Top with a vinyl protectant Protect thepainted frames using an automotive liquid or paste wax Fiberglass table topsshould be periodically cleaned and waxed as above environment furnitureAcrylic table tops are best cleaned with special cleaner designed for acrylic
  5. 5. If not available, use warm soapy water Clean umbrellas as themanufacturers recommend for the type of fabric used Always allow to dry inthe open position At the end of the season, clean the furniture, then store acovered, dry area Cold will not affect the paint or vinyl, moisture willDON'T Use cleaners that are comprised of harsh solvents or abrasives
  6. 6. This is the number one cause for premature aging & discoloration of vinylstrappping If at all questionable, don't use it Use abrasive pads orbrushes Powerwash the frames & vinyl Although a very low pressure willnot harm the surfaces, medium to high pressure will kill them I have seen thismany, many times It's too tempting for the operator to "turn it up a notch" Throw the furniture in the pool when a storm in imminent
  7. 7. The chlorine will not only destroy the paint & vinyl but will also get insidethe frames Chlorine is very nasty stuff Clean umbrellas then put them awayin the closed position while wet Use a glass cleaner on an acrylic table-topMost manufacturers offer very "limited" warranties, if any at all, on the fadingand discoloration of the paint and vinyl on strapped furniture
  8. 8. Their reasoning is straightforward If cleaned improperly, the colors WILLfade, the vinyl WILL become brittle and the paint WILL chalk Do not be afraidIf treated right, the furniture will reciprocate and treat you to many trouble freeyears After 10 or so years give us a call and we can extend the life evenfurther by restrapping and repainting
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