Outdoor furniture FAQ
June 04, 2021
Buying high-quality outdoor furniture is an investment. You want to be sure you are making good choices, so, naturally, you have questions. We’re here to answer the most common questions that our customers ask in our outdoor furniture FAQ.
How is your outdoor furniture made?
Our Courtyard Outdoor Furniture collections (Bathing Hut, Boathouse, and Breezy Poppy) are made of “plicker,” durable woven resin wicker, that is attached to sturdy frames that are either iron (loveseats and wing chairs) or structured PVC (cafe and end tables, ottomans, and accent and cafe chairs). Unlike natural wicker, which will deteriorate over time, resin wicker retains its suppleness and color. It can be displayed in full sun but should be covered when not in use to extend its life.
All Indigo Villa, Spindle Cabana, Zanzibar, and Outdoor Fish Bar and Counter Stool pieces are also highly durable because of their construction: tubular steel frames inside injected polyurethane. Also, the frame’s finish is UV-proof, but like our plicker pieces, these should be covered when not in use to extend the life of the piece.
What is the content of your outdoor furniture cushions?
These cushions have a high-density foam core with an outer layer of antimicrobial foam. The cover is high-quality outdoor fabric that is resistant to fading and mold. Some fabric is Sunbrella, which is a 100 percent solution-dyed outdoor fabric that is well known for its superior quality and durability.
Which pieces feature Sunbrella?
- Boathouse Outdoor Wing Chair
- Spindle Cabana Outdoor Loveseat, Chair, and Chaise
- Indigo Villa Outdoor Loveseat, Chair, Ottoman, and Chaise
- Zanzibar Outdoor Loveseat, Ottoman, and Chaise
- Breezy Poppy Loveseat, Chair, and Chaise (the floral print is Sunbrella, and the stripes are another high-quality, UVC-resistant outdoor fabric)
- Bathing Hut Courtyard Outdoor Loveseat, Wing Chair, and Accent Chair
Does the fabric cover remove for cleaning?
Generally, loose cushions have zippered covers, and the covers can be removed for cleaning. For liquid spills, blot with a clean, dry cloth. Spray with a mild solution of soap and water, rinse to remove residue, and air dry. Professional cleaning is recommended for serious stains.
Machine washing is also an option if done with care. Close all zippers and wash with cold water a mild laundry detergent, using the machine’s delicate cycle only. Allow fabric to air dry.
You can learn more about the care and cleaning of Sunbrella here.
What about your outdoor pillows? Do any of those feature Sunbrella?
Yes, these pillows feature Sunbrella:
- Courtly Check Spindle Outdoor Accent Pillow
- Courtyard Outdoor Throw Pillow
- Zanzibar Outdoor Accent Pillow
- Indigo Villa Outdoor Accent Pillow
We also have a group of outdoor pillows called Weather or Not. They are made of quality stain-resistant olefin fabric with robust performance characteristics that show resistance to fading and degradation from sunlight.
- Sailboat Outdoor Accent Pillow
- Crab Outdoor Accent Pillow
- Zanzibar Leaf Outdoor Accent Pillow
- Lobster Outdoor Accent Pillow
- Sanibel Stripe Outdoor Accent Pillow
- Sanibel Arches Outdoor Accent Pillow
- Navy Geo Flower Outdoor Accent Pillow
One of the best ways to keep this type of outdoor pillow looking good is to place it in a shady area during the hottest hours. Store the pillow in a dry, covered area during periods of non-use, limiting exposure to direct sunlight.
Spot clean with a damp, white cloth. Blot to remove excess water and air dry. Saturated cushions should be placed seam side down to allow them to drain. If the covers have zippers, unzip them to let the water drain. Allow the insert inside to thoroughly dry before using.
How can outdoor furniture frames be cleaned?
Most pieces can be washed with a mild detergent and gently hosed clean. Allow to dry in the sun. During the winter, store outdoor furniture away from the elements, covered, to ensure its longevity.
Can I leave my furniture out all year if I live in a warmer climate like Florida?
Yes, but to guarantee longevity, cover when not in use.
Will the cushions and/or the furniture fade over time if exposed to direct sunlight?
There is no way to completely eliminate fading. However, the performance textiles that we use and covering the furniture when not in use will help guarantee longevity.
Can I purchase outdoor furniture covers from MacKenzie-Childs?
We do not sell these items separately, but they are included with our Zanzibar, Indigo Villa, and Spindle Cabana Outdoor Furniture collections.