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10/29/2015

GENERAL

Maintenance for garden furniture

The garden furniture from Lesli Living BV is low-maintenance, but to make sure you can enjoy your brand-new garden set as long as possible, we advise you to keep in mind the following tips for the maintenance and use of your garden furniture.

  • Clean the furniture with cold/tepid clean tap water and use a sponge or cloth (no steel wool, steel brush or something like that) maybe a bit of green soap but no corrosive substances, (all-purpose cleaners or chloride) and cleanse with cold/tepid tap water afterwards.
  • Never use a high-pressure cleaner to clean. The material can get damaged, and attract more dirt this way. You should use a sponge or a cloth. After cleaning, don’t put an airtight cover over the furniture, a good airflow prevents the formation of fungus and deterioration of the material.
  • Always be careful with fire, oil, grease and/or hot objects near your furniture, in order to prevent permanent damage.
  • We recommend you not to cover the furniture for a long time, or put long-term decorations or props on them, because these things can cause permanent stains or decolourisations.
  • Make sure that the cover of the table top is never airtight, not even with a protective cover. This can cause condensation or the formation of fungus. You should also try to prevent the cover from touching the table top because of rain.
  • Lesli has a series of maintenance and protective products for various kinds of materials in its collection. Ask your garden furniture supplier about this. If you use these products, you can enjoy your garden furniture longer.
  • In winter, we advise you to store the furniture in a sheltered, dry place.

TEAKWOOD

Teakwood is a tropical hardwood with a natural look. Untreated teak has a honey brown colour. Small hairline cracks or tears in the surface are part of the material. These tears do not influence the lifespan of the products. Because teak naturally contains a lot of oil, it’s one of the most high quality types of wood to use outside, and it has a long lifespan. When untreated teak is exposed to weather influences, the honey brown colour will slowly change into the silver, light grey colour that characterises teak. Would you rather preserve the colour? Then you should treat the furniture with teak oil and teak sealer and keep in mind that this can make the colour a little darker.
In order to improve the lifespan of the furniture, we advise frequent maintenance. A short treatment twice a year, with the right product for maintenance and protection, will make sure that the furniture stays beautiful. Teak furniture can stay outside all year, we advise you to clean the furniture properly before the winter, and treat the items with teak oil.

RECEYCLED TEAK

Recycled teak furniture has a beautiful mature appearance, so that every piece of furniture looks different. Furthermore, the furniture is durable, because we are giving the wood a second life. Because the product is recycled, scratches, dents, cracks, holes, decolourisations, nail holes or other damage is part of the material, but they don’t influence the lifespan. For the most beautiful result, it’s sufficient to clean it annually.
We also advise you not to cover the furniture too long, or cover it for a long time by leaving decoration material like flower pots, placemats (plastic) or other products on the furniture too long. This could cause decolourisations or stains. Don’t use a high-pressure cleaner, it can damage the wood and increase the chance of dirt being attracted. A (lightly abrasive) sponge is an excellent tool.

MAINTENANCE TEXTILE/CUSHIONS

The cushions of your furniture deserve the right treatment, just like the furniture itself. The best way to keep cushions of garden furniture in the right state is by brushing off dirt because it is absorbed by the fabric. If a fluid is spilled, the best thing is to remove it right away and not give it the chance to be absorbed. For this you should use a light moist cloth with a mild, non-abrasive cleaning substance. Don’t wet the fabric for too long, to prevent circles.

Removable covers can be soaked in soapy water, or can be washed with the fine wash programme in the washing machine, at a maximum of 30 degrees. Don’t put covers in the dryer, but put them back around the filling while wet. The natural stretch of the fabric will then make sure that they fit around the filling perfectly again, and you will be able to enjoy your beautiful garden set again.

CONIFEROUS WOOD/PINE

Wooden furniture provides a natural atmosphere, the material is a product of nature with the related characteristics. For example, the wood can change colour, expand and shrink as a result of temperature changes, and you might see hair cracks. These are some of the reasons that wooden furniture needs more maintenance than plastic or aluminium garden furniture, for example.

We advise you to clean the wood regularly, so that you can enjoy your furniture as long as possible. This prevents the attachment of moss, fungus and algae. Use tepid, clean water for this, with a non-abrasive and neutral detergent. Clean the furniture with a soft sponge or cloth and then rinse with clean water. In the end, wet wood will release dirt automatically, so rinse well.

If you want to clean your furniture intensively at some point, do this with a good wood cleaner and a hard brush. This will ensure that the surface is cleaned deeply and the wood gets its original colour back. A good treatment with oil or a protective substance always has a positive effect on the lifespan of the furniture.

HARDWOOD GARDEN FURNITURE

Hardwood is a tropical kind of wood with a high density, for example Acacia and Sorea. The wood is used to a climate with high humidity, so that it needs extra maintenance and protection. Therefore we advise you to, during the summer, oil or treat the hardwood with a protective substances at least every 2 months, especially the parts that are completely in the sun. The oil will make sure that the surface of the wood is fed and remains supple. Usually, the oil or protective substances also contains UV protection, so that the colour is maintained for longer. When the colour fades, you can be sure that another layer of protection is necessary.

In order to protect your wooden garden furniture better, we recommend you to store the furniture in a shed or in the attic when you’re no longer using them, or cover them with a protective cover. Do make sure that the hardwood can get air and breathe, in order to prevent the formation of fungus.

PLASTIC GARDEN FURNITURE

The plastic garden furniture from Lesli Living can be enjoyed for years, with good maintenance. Everything they need is annual maintenance. If the furniture is tarnished after some time, it should be cleaned with tepid soapy water. Preferably use a sponge or soft cloth and avoid hard brushes and abrasive substances. These can easily create tears, where dirt can gather. Always use plenty of water to rinse the furniture. In winter, the best thing is to put the garden furniture in a dry, sheltered place. This will prevent decolourisation and ensure that you can use your furniture for longer.

WICKERWORK FURNITURE

The wickerwork furniture (also called wicker) from Lesli Living have been woven by hand with the greatest care and the quality has been checked by our colleagues in China.

In order to enjoy your furniture as long as possible, we advise you to clean the wickerwork two times a year. Use tepid clean water for this, with a non-abrasive and neutral detergent. Then clean the furniture with a soft sponge or cloth and then rinse with clean water, and your furniture will look as good as new once again.

Avoid the use of a high-pressure cleaner, this can damage the material, and we also advise against the use of abrasive substances, bleach or all-purpose cleaner. These substances can cause hair cracks in the plastic wiring, so that dirt can gather in these places. This can give the furniture a white sheen, and it can even cause irreparable damage.

Also be careful with covering the furniture for a long time. This can cause stains and/or decolourisations. Finally, we also recommend not to leave wickerwork furniture outside in case of frost. The cold temperature will make the wire less flexible, so that it can get damaged or even snap.

ALUMINIUM GARDEN FURNITURE

Aluminium furniture from Lesli Living is easy to maintain. It’s hardly affected by UV-radiation or moisture and temperature changes and varying weather circumstances hardly influence the items.

If you clean the furniture twice a year, it will remain in good condition and the lifespan will be extended. Don’t clean aluminium furniture with a high-pressure cleaner or abrasive detergents. This can damage the coating of the aluminium and cause the furniture to be damaged beyond repair or develop a white sheen. This is why you should use a sponge with a mild detergent, so that you can go back to enjoying your garden furniture afterwards.

PARASOLS & PAVILIONS

Beautiful parasols have to stay beautiful. In order to keep the parasols in good condition, it’s wise to regularly remove dust and dirt from the dry parasol cloth. Make sure that you only close the parasol when the cloth is dry, and preferably store the parasol in a dry place, with a protective cover. Always make sure to put a cover on the parasol if you’re not using it. This will prevent decolourisations in the cloth between the parts that are exposed to the sun and the parts that are not exposed to the sun.

If you want to clean the parasol thoroughly, you should use a sponge and a cloth. First rinse the open parasol with a hose, don’t use a high-pressure cleaner or abrasive detergents, these can tarnish the coating that repels dirt and moisture and damage it beyond repair. Then gently clean the parasol cloth with a mild detergent and tepid water. Scrub the cloth softly and then rinse it again with a garden hose. Leave the parasol open until the cloth is completely dry and always store your parasol dry.

MARBLE TABLE TOPS

Marble table tops have a beautiful, durable appearance. But it is a type of limestone that is especially sensitive to acid in a lot of detergents. In order to keep the table beautiful, you should clean the table top often with tepid water. Use a sponge or soft cloth for this, and always wring these dry properly. If wine, orange juice or, for example, ketchup is accidentally spilled on the table, you should first blot this up and then clean the table with tepid water. The longer you wait, the deeper the stain will be, so act right away.

In order to protect marble against grease stains, you can use the Lesli maintenance products. Never clean marble tables with a high-pressure cleaner or abrasive detergent. This can damage the material and in time cause a white sheen because of the collection of dirt.

Especially with marble tables, we advise you to refrain from long-term covering, or putting decoration or other props on it for long, because this could cause permanent stains and/or decolourisations. Always be careful with fire, oil, grease and/or hot objects in order to prevent permanent damage.

POLYWOOD TABLE TOPS

A polywood table top is easy to maintain yourself. Polywood is a 100% artificial alternative to wood. However, this material can act the same as wood, so that irregularities in the table top cannot be avoided. But with good maintenance you can definitely expand the lifespan of the furniture, so that you can enjoy it for a long time. The best idea is to regularly clean the table top with tepid water and a sponge or soft cloth.

Polywood is a porous material and sensitive to stains and grease. If wine, orange juice or, for example, ketchup is accidentally spilled on the table, you should first blot this up and then clean the table with tepid water. Protect the table against these influences with a special polywood protector.

In case of big scratches, it is even possible to sand the polywood down lightly, in the direction of the veins. If possible, you should use polywood cleaner & protection. Polywood can change colour in the sun. That’s why you should also keep in mind that glasswork can function as a lens, so that the material can melt. We therefore advise not to put glasswork directly on the table, but to use felt or a tablecloth.

SPRAYSTONE TABLE TOPS

A spraystone table top consists of two layers. The lower layer of safety glass is covered with a thin upper layer of glued rubble, and was especially designed to be used outside. The best idea is to regularly clean the table with tepid water. Use a sponge or soft cloth and always wring this dry properly. If wine, orange juice or, for example, ketchup is accidentally spilled on the table, you should first blot this up and then clean the table with tepid water. The longer you wait with cleaning, the harder it will be to remove the stain. Make sure no soap residue is left behind. Also be careful with covering the table top for a long time, or putting decorations on the spraystone. This can cause stains or decolourisations.
Don’t clean the table with a high-pressure cleaner or abrasive detergents. This can cause hair cracks, where dirt can gather. This can give the furniture a white sheen. This can also result in the upper layer of the table top becoming loose.

METAL/STEEL WITH POWDER COATING

This material needs almost no maintenance. If you clean it with mild soapy water every now and then, the furniture will be as good as new. But in case of metal with powder coating, it’s possible for more superficial formation of rust to occur. There can be little spots of rust on welding seams, scratches and small damaged spots, among other places. The products will not rust further. Any damage can be resolved with a lacquer paint pen. Products with a hollow frame show condensation, so in the long-term some condensed water can drip from the legs of the furniture. Keep this in mind if you have a base that is sensitive to stains, like a white terrace.

CERAMIC AND DURANITE TABLE TOP

A ceramic or duranite table top is easy to maintain as long as you use the right tools. The best idea is to regularly clean your table top with tepid water and a sponge. If wine, orange juice or, for example, ketchup is accidentally spilled on the table, you should first blot this up and then clean the table with tepid water. The longer you wait with cleaning, the harder it will be to remove the stain. Make sure that no soap residue is left behind.

GLASS TABLE TOP

Glass table tops are made of safety glass. In order to keep the table beautiful, it’s good to regularly clean it with tepid water and a soft cloth or sponge. Don’t clean the table with a high-pressure cleaner or abrasive detergent. This can give the furniture a white sheen and cause irreparable damage. Furthermore, don’t place sharp or hot products like pans or candles directly on the table, because this can result in scratches or burns on the table.

CHERRYBOARD TABLE TOP

The wood vein cement table top is made of averagely high density calcium silicate and upholstered with teflon. The table top was designed for outside use and is resistant against moisture and extreme temperatures.

With the right maintenance, it is a durable product. While cleaning, use a lot of water and a soft brush to remove sand or dirt from the furniture. This way, there will be no scratches for dirt to gather in. Preferably, clean with tepid water and a mild detergent. Always rinse with plenty of water, in order to avoid stains. If wine, orange juice or, for example, ketchup is accidentally spilled on the table, you should first blot this up and then clean the table with tepid water. The longer you wait with cleaning, the harder it will be to remove the stain.

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