Polywood furniture is made from HDPE (high density polyethylene), a material that is impervious to all types of weather conditions including rain, snow, salt water, sun and ice. This durable material, in combination with high-quality stainless steel hardware, means your Polywood furniture is assembled to endure and requires minimal care and maintenance. Please see below our recommendations for cleaning Polywood furniture.
Cleaning of Polywood Material
All Polywood material has been purified and UV protected. For general cleaning, soap and warm water are all that are needed.
In the case of a stain or if a deeper cleaning is desired, a solution of 1/3 bleach and 2/3 water can be used and will not alter the color. A soft bristle brush is recommended for use to get into tight spaces and creases.
A high pressure power wash can also be used, though note that it should not exceed 1,500 psi (the equivalent of a car wash).
Cleaning of Hardware
The hardware used in Polywood furniture is an 18-8 commercial grade stainless steel with an additional layer of “Xylan” protective and cosmetic coating.
The hardware has a high level of corrosive resistance, but it is possible that it will show some sign of corrosion in salt air environments.
The recommended care in instances of corrosion is to wash with soap and water and use a soft bristle brush to scrub the corroding areas of the hardware. Appliance touch-up paint (which can be purchased at local hardware stores) can also be used to protect the hardware.
Cleaning of Cushions
For the best year around performance in outdoor settings Polywood cushions are made from Sunbrella fabrics. The fabric should be cleaned regularly before dirt and food particles are allowed to accumulate. This will eliminate the need for more vigorous cleanings.
After brushing off any loose dirt, use a sponge or soft bristle brush to clean fabric with a solution of 1/4 cup mild soap per gallon of lukewarm water.
Allow cleaning solution to soak into fabric. Rinse thoroughly with clean water and allow fabric to air dry.
Do not use a steamer or iron set. Sunbrella fabrics air dry very quickly and machine drying is not recommended.