Outdoor furniture can transform the way your facility exterior appears to those driving or walking by or coming into your facility. When clean and fresh, outdoor furniture can create a welcoming and appealing environment. When old, dingy and dirty, outdoor facility furniture can create a negative impact on its appearance.
While these pieces are designed to withstand the beating sun and pouring rain, harsh outdoor elements can damage furniture. Know how to take care of your outdoor furniture to protect it through severe weather and the wear of time. Proper storage, monthly spot cleaning, and annual deep cleaning can make your furniture last for years to come.
How to your clean your furniture depends on what it is made of. Never use corrosive cleaners like bleach unless directed by the furniture manufacturer. Whenever you are using a new solution, test it on a piece of the furniture that cannot be seen before using it on the whole piece.
Keep your outdoor furniture in good repair with a light cleaning at least once a month, even if it doesn’t look like it needs it. This can be as easy as wiping it down with a wet rag or dusting it off with a soft-bristle broom. If you see bird droppings, sap, or a stain starting to develop, clean the area immediately. Bird droppings can be corrosive and cause damage if not cleaned immediately.
Most often, metal furniture is made of iron, steel, or aluminum. Since iron and steel rust, most metal furniture has a rust-resistant coating. But bird droppings can still destroy your furniture’s protective finish. Wash off any droppings as soon as you see them. If your furniture has rust or mold, use fine-grit sandpaper to remove it from the furniture. Wipe it clean with a soapy solution.
Coating on metal surfaces with custom colors can also give metal pieces a durable, long lasting finish. Coatings are tested for the reactions with cleaners and salts to help extend the life of the coating’s appearance.
If your wooden patio furniture has been coated with exterior-grade varnish, you can clean it with a solution of oil-based mild soap and water. Just a few drops of soap will do the trick! Soft woods, like cedar, should be scrubbed with the direction of the wood grain. Wipe the furniture with a wet rag; never hose it down, this can cause mold and mildew. Dry it with a towel. With most wood furniture, you should give it a coat of oil after cleaning, but check with the manufacturer first.
Fabric Furniture and Cushions
Outdoor fabrics for patio furniture undergo chemical treatments to increase moisture and stain resistance. While these fabrics are hardy, that doesn’t mean you should leave them outside. One rain storm can ruin cushions, making the padding clumpy and adding grime. Worse yet, if the water seeps down into the cushion padding, mold can start to grow.
Outdoor fabrics are extremely durable but that doesn’t mean you can wash them any way you like. Before using a new solution on your cushions, test it in a small, unnoticeable section. Spot-clean your cushions using a solution of ¼ cup mild detergent in a gallon of water. Do not machine wash or dry your pillows and cushions unless the manufacturer lists otherwise. Be sure pillows and cushions are completely dry before storage to avoid mold and mildew.
For more information about exterior furniture contact KC Restoration today. We can perform a free evaluation for deep cleaning and restoring your exteriors that need attention.
Many buildings contain certain wood furniture pieces that provide appeal and functionality. Wood furniture, doors and walls provide beautiful aesthetics for commercial and retail facilities, but over time wood can fade, get scratched or look worn and unappealing. Property managers might think it’s time to look for something new there are options. Furniture repair and restoration could be just the alternative property managers are looking for.
Same Furniture, New Style
Even if your furniture is getting a little older, that is no reason why it can’t still last you for years to come. Getting your older furniture professionally restored can help it look fresh and new again. Whether you are looking to give your older furniture a complete makeover to suit your evolving tastes, or you simply want it restored to its original glory to help enhance the look and feel of your facility, furniture restoration can be your answer. Do you have a wooden chair or table that you love, but the color doesn’t quite match the rest of the wooden decor? Having your wooden furniture refinished by a professional specialist can give it just the look you want. Having your older furniture repaired and restored can give it a complete face-lift while still preserving the aspects that made it appealing in the first place.
Less Expensive Than Buying New
Many property managers know the prospect of buying new furniture can be daunting at the best of times, and downright grueling at the worst. With furniture restoration, however, even if the piece you need restored is large, it will still be less than the cost of having to replace it with something new. Opting for restoration instead of buying new can leave you with more money in your budget. This can give you the advantage of being able to create an entirely different style in your building in a cost-effective manner.
Even though it may not seem like it, by restoring and refinishing your existing furniture instead of buying new, you are actually helping to do your part in protecting the environment. Scientific data shows that restoring and refinishing your existing furniture can drastically reduce your carbon footprint. It is estimated that the process of making new furniture releases over 1000 times more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than the process of restoring or refinishing your existing furniture. By restoring your existing furniture, you could be helping to do your part in protecting our environment. If you would like more information or have some furniture at your facility that needs a fresh look, contact KCR today!
When injuries occur on the job, the first aid kit becomes the most important toolbox at any facility. Even if designated personnel have completed first aid training, emergency medical supplies may not be readily available. In the event of an emergency medical situation caused by a serious injury accident, proper and prompt treatment can greatly reduce the severity of the injury and possibly prevent the death of a co-worker.
The suggested contents of a well-prepared first aid kit include:
Keep in a Specified Location at All Times
The first aid kit is useless if you can’t find it. Know the location of your first aid kit, and be familiar with its contents and how to use them.
Basic first aid rules:
Also remember to always notify management whenever the first aid kit is accessed, or whenever first aid is administered so adjustments to the facility’s first aid kit can be made. For more information, contact KC Restoration today!