Gloster Furniture Maintenance Advice
Please see below for details on how to care for your Gloster outdoor furniture and fabric. If you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to call us on our furniture help line 0345 6052505 before a well intentioned aged uncle or aunt offers to help.
Contrary to popular belief, teak furniture does not require any special maintenance routine or any additional protection apart from occasional cleaning. Left to age naturally outside by being exposed to light, air and rain, teak will gradually change to a soft, silver-grey as the pigments in the surface layer of the wood slowly start to fade away. We recommend that you allow your teak furniture to weather naturally this way and simply clean thoroughly once or twice a year with Gloster Teak Cleaner.
If you wish to retain the golden-brown colour of new teak we also offer a Teak Sealer. Application of Teak Sealer will not affect the strength or longevity of the furniture in any way, just its appearance. If you elect to use Teak Sealer you will be embarking on a regular maintenance programme as Teak Sealer needs to be regularly re-applied to provide continuous protection. If you intend to store your furniture over the winter, we recommend that you do so in a water-tight garden shed or garage. However, we advise that you do not move teak furniture from the garden straight into a heated indoor room for storage, as the sharp differences in temperature and humidity may cause the wood to split. To protect teak surfaces from staining and to help maintain the silver-grey patina on weathered teak, we recommend using Gloster Teak Protector. An application of this product forms an almost invisible shield which helps to prevent food (coffee, ketchup, red wine, olive oil, etc.) penetrating into the teak and causing unsightly stains. Teak Protector also helps protects the wood against the ingress of moisture, the adhesion of dirt and prevents mildew growth. Contrary to popular belief, teak furniture does not require any special maintenance routine or any additional protection apart from occasional cleaning. Left to age naturally outside by being exposed to light, air and rain, teak will gradually change to a soft, silver-grey as the pigments in the surface layer of the wood slowly start to fade away. We recommend that you allow your teak furniture to weather naturally this way and simply clean thoroughly once or twice a year with Gloster Teak Cleaner. The video below shows how it's done.
Woven furniture can be left outside all year round and is able to withstand temperatures from -20°C to +55°C. When very cold, the weave will become stiffer than normal and when very hot, the weave will become more elastic. However, it will always revert to it's normal elasticity, once the ambient temperature stabilises. Scratch marks or abrasion to the edges of the fibre can be repaired by very briefly and carefully applying heat (i.e. the flame of a cigarette lighter) to the affected area and rubbing along the length of the fibre with a piece of hard cardboard to restore a smooth edge. We recommend that woven furniture is regularly cleaned using Gloster's Sling & Woven Cleaner, following the instructions detailed on the label. It is important to use a non-foaming cleaner on woven furniture, as a foaming product will leave residues in the gaps in between the weave which will then attract dirt. A pressure hose on a low setting is acceptable to use on woven furniture, but avoid any teak components, as the high pressure can erode the surface of the timber. All Gloster woven furniture is made from the highest quality man-made fibre. Soft to the touch, this remarkable material has many benefits including high suppleness, tear resistance, UV resistance and weather resistance. The polyethylene based, extruded and through-dyed wicker is also completely weatherproof, insensitive to differences in temperature and extremely hard wearing.
Although stainless steel is generally resistant to corrosion, the surface is susceptible to cosmetic deterioration by the effects of salt water and air-borne chemicals and this may result in small brown spots appearing on its surface (this process is likely to be accelerated in coastal areas). These spots in no way affect the strength, integrity or longevity of the furniture, they are simply superficial discolorations that require cleaning to restore the stainless steel to its original appearance. With all Gloster products a Scotchbrite pad is included. If any brown spots appear on the stainless steel they can be easily cleaned by gently rubbing the surface of the steel, in the direction of the brushed finish, with the pad. If these deposits are allowed to build up, then it may be necessary to clean the product more thoroughly with Gloster's Stainless Steel Cleaner & Polisher, which cleans and restores the new look of stainless steel furniture and makes the surface repellent to both dirt and water. Gloster manufactures using 304 grade stainless steel - the industry standard for outdoor products. However, as with any item left permanently outside, stainless steel furniture requires regular maintenance to keep it looking as new. Before the furniture leaves the Gloster factory the welds are ground flush and the surface is polished with Scotchbrite, usually in the long direction of the legs or rails. This provides a smooth, resistant surface that is easy to clean and maintain. The video below shows how it's done.
Your furniture may make some sound in its initial usage as the joints flex and the paint surface stretches. All surfaces that come together during the customer assembly process are coated with a thin layer of plastic to minimise such noise while ensuring good adhesion. At the location of joints that were factory assembled and then painted over there may be some wood movement over time which will crack the paint surface. This is normal and may need some maintenance. It is important that you remove any spills or deposits that could stain the furniture as soon as possible. Make sure you never use any abrasive substance or pads or brushes as they will reduce the finishes resistance to dirt and could degrade the surface finish. It is also important that your furniture is cleaned regularly and we recommend that you use Gloster painted furniture cleaner or a diluted mild detergent every few months or when the furniture looks like it needs cleaning. The frequency will depend on your furniture's location and its exposure to vegetation and airborne pollution. Do not use any wood or teak cleaners as they will degrade the paint surface. It is possible that after rain or washing some of the natural red pigment of the mahogany wood could seep out onto the painted surface around the joint areas. This is quite normal and should be washed away as soon as possible to avoid staining.Depending upon the amount of exposure to sunlight and the amount of wear through normal use, the surface may lose some of its gloss over a period of time. If this happens it does not mean that the furniture has lost its weather durability and it is your personal decision whether to repaint the product to restore the gloss. Durability is only lost if the paint is punctured or worn out through to the wood. In the event that you decide to re-finish your furniture then we recommend the application of an exterior grade gloss paint purchased from your local paint specialist and applied professionally (ideally sprayed on).
One of the main benefits of sling is comfort. When stretched taught between two side frames, sling provides a yielding and infinitely variable seating surface that moulds to your individual body shape. Gloster’s Textilene® woven vinyl is resistant to fading, mildew and wear & tear under even the most severe weather conditions. Sling requires only occasional cleaning with Gloster Sling & Woven Cleaner to keep it looking as good as new. We recommend that sling furniture is cleaned using Gloster's Sling & Woven Cleaner, following the instructions detailed on the label. It is important to use a non-foaming cleaner on slings, as a foaming product will leave residues in the gaps in-between the weave which will then attract dirt. A pressure hose on a low setting is acceptable to use on sling furniture, but avoid any teak components, as the high pressure can erode the surface of the timber. For anodised or powder-coated aluminium frames, use Gloster's Metal Cleaner. Available in a wide variety of designs and colours, Sling is a generic term for a woven, open-mesh fabric made from a vinyl coated, high strength polyester yarn. For Gloster’s sling furniture Gloster use only the highest quality Textilene® woven vinyl. Historically, slings are found combined with powder-coated aluminium frames. However, due to its inherent good looks, exceptional comfort and practicality, Gloster also has designed products that combine sling with both teak and stainless steel frames.
BLOC & CLOUD BASE & BACK CUSHIONS PURCHASED PRE 2015
The base and back cushion covers for the Bloc and Cloud collections are made from "LeisuretexTM" – a fabric composed of alternating yarns of polypropylene and "Textilene®" (a yarn made from PVC covered polyester). The inside of the covers are back-coated with a waterproof membrane to ensure water cannot penetrate into the cushion interior itself. Due to this waterproof membrane, when the cushion gets wet, all the moisture has to evaporate from the face of the fabric and may take longer to dry as a result.
The covers on base and back cushions are removable and the interior of the cushions is water repellent. However, due to the highly tailored construction of these cushions, Gloster does not recommend removing the covers unless it is for replacement purposes. Gloster recommends that base and back cushions are cleaned regularly (at least once a year) in the following way... For regular, general cleaning and light soiling, use a solution of warm water and mild detergent. 1. Gently brush the fabric clean with a sponge, soft scrubbing pad or a soft bristle scrubbing brush. 2. Rinse well with clean water to remove all traces of the detergent solution. DO NOT use a powerwasher to clean/rinse the cushions as this will cause de-lamination of the waterproof membrane on the inside of the cushion cover.
WATERMARKS Due to the large surface area of base cushions in particular, it is possible, under certain conditions, for watermarks to appear on the fabric. Watermarks are not ‘stains’ as such and can occur on almost any fabric under certain conditions. On LeisuretexTM, they may occur under conditions of uneven wetting and/or uneven drying. To avoid watermarking it is important to dry cushions evenly, preferably in sunny, breezy conditions. If a watermark appears, use Gloster Sling/Woven Cleaner to remove the mark, then rinse the cushion thoroughly all over, using clean water, and then allow to dry as evenly and quickly as practicable. Ideally, this should be in the open air and in direct sunlight if possible, which will assist more rapid and even drying. The above instructions apply only to Bloc and Cloud base and back cushions (NOT scatter cushions). The video below shows how it’s done.
UPHOLSTERED SEAT CUSHIONS
The upholstered cushions for the relaxing and dining collections featured on our pages are made from Sunbrella fabric, the worlds leading outdoor fabric. One of the best ways to keep Sunbrella fabrics looking good and to delay deep or vigorous cleanings is to properly maintain the fabrics. This can be accomplished by simply brushing off dirt before it becomes embedded in the fabrics, wiping up spills as soon as they occur or spot cleaning soon after stains occur. For more information about cleaning this versatile material see the Sunbrella website, however please take care if considering machine washing as this may deplete the fire retardant chemicals in the fabric. We advise that cushions are hand washed following the instructions.
UK (FIRE RETARDENT) NON WEATHERPROOF CUSHIONS
One of the best ways to keep cushions looking good and to delay the need for deep cleaning is to properly maintain the fabric cushion cover. This can be accomplished by simply brushing off dirt before it becomes embedded and wiping up spills as soon as they occur. Although the covers on most cushions are removable, due to their highly tailored construction, Gloster does not recommend removing the covers unless it is for replacement purposes.
As with any item left permanently outside and exposed to the elements, regular cleaning is recommended - at least once a year. Cleaning every month when in use will ensure that the furniture remains looking at its best. If the cushion is stained with oil, butter or any other oil-based product, we strongly advise that this is removed IMMEDIATELY using a solution of warm water and mild detergent as detailed below (Spot Cleaning).
Cushions should be stored in a dry location when not in use and especially over the winter months or during periods of heavy rainfall. If this is not possible, furniture (with cushions in situ) should be covered using the specially tailored, waterproof covers available for Cloud cushions here. Covers for other cushions are available. Please call 0345 6052505 for further information.
General Cleaning (Light Soiling)
1.Brush off any loose dirt.
2.Prepare a cleaning solution of 1:16 mild detergent to lukewarm water (less than 100°F/40°C).
3. Use a sponge or a soft bristle brush to clean.
4.Allow cleaning solution to soak into fabric.
5.Rinse thoroughly to remove all soap residue.
6.Allow fabric to air dry.
1.Apply a light mist of mild detergent and water using a spray bottle.
2.Work the solution into the stain by lightly scrubbing the area with a sponge or very soft bristle brush.
3.Rinse thoroughly to remove all soap residue.
4.Blot excess moisture with a clean, soft towel or sponge.
5.Wet-vacuum or blot excess water.
6.Air dry, Repeat steps 3 and 4 until all soap residue is removed.
General Cleaning (Heavy Soiling)
For more ingrained dirt and/or to remove specific stains use Gloster Outdoor Lounge Fabric Cleaner.
Instructions for Use 1. Before using the Outdoor Lounge Fabric Cleaner eye protection should be worn. Cover the ground under your working area before cleaning. 2. Mix one scoop (supplied with the cleaner) of powder per quart (1.3 litres) of water, warm water will allow the best results. 3. Stir thoroughly until the blue colour disappears, mix only what you intend to use within a 10 hour period. 4. Wet down surface of the fabric with clean water before application of the solution. 5. Sponge or brush the solution onto the surface of the fabric. 6. Let stand for 15 minutes (extra soiled areas may require a longer) keeping the area wet with solution, then agitate with a soft plastic scrubbing brush. 7. Rinse with clean water. Allow cushion to dry completely before use. 8. Repeat steps 1 through 7 if staining persists. Machine Washing Because UK specification cushion covers have a fire retardent back-coating, we advise against machine washing as this may cause the back-coating to disintegrate. Mildew All the fabrics used on Gloster furniture are generally resistant to mildew, however in extreme humid and moist environments, it is possible that some level of mildew may develop on the surface of the fabric. To prevent and remove mildew, we recommend that items are cleaned at least once a year using Gloster Outdoor Lounge Fabric Cleaner.
DO NOT dry clean or tumble dry
DO NOT use bleach or aggressive detergents
DO NOT iron or steam iron