Cuba Chair, MG501 Outdoor, is woven with thin rope made of flat woven polypropylene. Polypropylene is a strong synthetic fiber which is ideal for outdoor use as it is easy to clean and does not absorb moisture. Polypropylene is also easy to recycle.
Cleaning & maintenance
Regular cleaning is done with a clean dry cloth or soft brush. For lighter soiling, use a damp cloth rung out in clean water. Use of sharp tools is not recommended for cleaning as it can cause damage and spoil the weave.
The weave can be cleaned with mild soapy water and a soft brush for heavier soiling. The weave should then be rinsed thoroughly with clean water. Thereafter, it must be completely dried out before the chair is used again.
Although polypropylene is suitable for outdoor use, furniture with synthetic weave should not be in direct sunlight. Synthetic weave cannot tolerate high heat and, therefore, it should not be placed near a garden grill or a fire pit.
Teak is the ideal type of wood for outdoor furniture. The wood is very durable and resistant to wind and weather due to its natural oil content and it is not attacked by insects and rot. We only use FSC®-certified teak at Carl Hansen & Søn.
Cleaning & maintenance - oil treated teak
Oil treated teak furniture has a nice reddish-brown color. If you want to preserve the reddishbrown color, the furniture needs regular maintenance with teak oil. How often the furniture has to be retreated with oil depends on the environment where the furniture is located. Outdoor furniture requires retreatment more often than furniture under an eaves or a covered terrace. If you want to maintain the teakwood’s beautiful golden color, the furniture must be treated before the wood begins to appear dry and pale. To achieve the best results, it is important that the furniture is thoroughly cleaned before retreatment. If the oil is applied to a dirty surface, it may become moldy and discolored. The furniture is easiest to clean with warm water with a small amount of a gentle cleaning agent. Use a soft brush to remove dirt. When the furniture is completely dry, lightly sand the surface with fine sandpaper, grain 180-220. Apply the oil afterwards. Do not apply the oil in direct sunlight. If you do not retreat your teak furniture, the color will gradually change. The reddish-brown color will diminish over time, turning it into a beautiful silver-gray surface which is characteristic for teak. The natural oil content of teak allows the wood to be left untreated without compromising durability and strength. For normal cleaning, use a damp cloth soaked in warm water.
Cleaning & maintenance - untreated teak
Before using your new teak furniture, you should consider which kind of look you prefer for your furniture. If you choose to leave your furniture untreated, the color of the light brown teak will change to the very characteristic silver-gray surface, for which untreated teak is known. This process of transformation depends on the specific environment where the furniture is located and will happen within weeks or months. If, on the other hand, you want the furniture to remain a golden, warm color, you get the best results by oil-treating the furniture before using it the first time.
Teak It is important to regularly clean teak furniture, whether oil treated or untreated. Regular cleaning prevents dirt and algae from discoloring the surface. If normal cleaning is not sufficient to remove dirt, we recommend using a special wood cleaning agent. After thoroughly cleaning the wood, oiled furniture should be retreated with oil.
Teak is a natural material where variations in color and texture of the furniture may occur. For retreatment, use oil for outdoor use. Oil for outdoor use contains fungicides, which prevent microorganisms from discoloring the surface. Over time, alternating humidity and weather conditions may cause the veins of the wood to rise, resulting in a rough surface. Furthermore, due to weathering, very small cracks may appear in the wood. Minor cracks do not affect the design of the furniture nor compromise durability. To take the best possible care of teak furniture, we recommend that the furniture is stored in an unheated shelter during the winter season. Please note that untreated teak is prone to discolor if the wood gets wet, e.g. from rain or ring stains from drinking glasses. We recommend covering teak furniture when not in use for protection from the elements.
GARDEN CUSHIONS, SUNBRELLA®
Sunbrella® is made of 100% acrylic fibers. The acrylic fibers are soaked with a UV-stable color pigment. This means that the color does not fade even if the fabric is exposed to the sun’s destructive rays. The fabric has been given a light surface treatment which is why the surface is dirt and water resistant.
Cleaning & maintenance
Regular cleaning and maintenance are important in maintaining the upholstery fabric’s appearance as well as extending its life. Remove loose dirt and grime with a soft brush or vacuum cleaner. Use a mild soap solution to clean the fabric. Clean the entire surface every time to avoid stains. Use a sponge or a soft brush with soapy water for cleaning. Allow the soap solution to soak into the fabric. Rinse afterwards with clean water to remove all the soap remaining. The fabric must subsequently be completely air-dried before use.
Special cleaning – stain removal
For all stains, in general, the quicker the stain is removed, the greater the chance for the stain to completely disappear. Soak up spilled liquids with a clean cloth as soon as possible. Non-greasy stains should first be removed by gently dabbing with a clean cloth or sponge soaked in clean, warm water or a mild soap solution. Stains from thick liquids or solids should be scraped up as much as possible before further cleaning. Clean the stain with a mild soap solution. Carefully work the soap solution into the stain with a sponge or a soft brush. Rinse with clean water afterwards to remove all the soap remaining. Any excess water can be soaked up with a clean towel or a sponge if the fabric is very wet. The fabric must subsequently be completely air-dried before use. Repeat if necessary.
After thorough cleaning, Sunbrella® can be treated again with a water repellent impregnation suitable for furniture fabric.
If the fabric is heavily soiled, it is recommended to contact a professional furniture dry cleaner. Steam cleaning must not be used.