Cleaning & Care
Aluminum is a light weight alloy that can be used all year round and is 100% weatherproof.
Regular Cleaning of Aluminum
- Aluminum should be cleaned regularly (about 2-3 times a year) to avoid build-up of dirt and grime
- Standard cleaning involves soapy water and a soft cloth
- Do not use abrasive, acid, alcohol-based or solvent based cleaners that could damage the surface
Fixing Scratches & Discoloration
- Scratches may occur from sharp objects, but can easily be restored with our touch-up kit which has a 95% resemblance to the original coating
- Periodic cleaning with a gentle metal polishing paste, can be used in case of discoloration due to oxidation
Our standard collection is made of stainless steel 304, which is highly resistant to corrosion, ideal for outdoor furniture. Stronger, marine grade stainless steel 316 is available for special projects (such as cruises or beachfront locations), but are subject to manufacturing lead times. While stainless steel is very resistant to rust, it is not impervious. You also have the choice of powder-coated stainless steel 304, if you prefer the strength of the stainless steel, in a different color.
- Stainless steel outdoor furniture requires care and cleaning to maintain its clean, shiny look
- When exposed to a salty environment, cleaning will need to happen more regularly to avoid superficial corrosion
- When the furniture is used on the patio or in the garden, stainless steel furniture is fairly low maintenance
- Several products to clean stainless steel are on the market, but a car washing soap will also do the job
- Use a soft sponge and soft cloth, never use a metal brush or steel wool
Addressing Scratches & Discoloration of Stainless Steel
Tea staining is a form of superficial corrosion that results from the build-up of particles on the surface of the metal, which then oxidize or corrode. It does not harm the integrity of the metal but is aesthetically displeasing. Tea staining is more likely in coastal environments. If cleaned regularly, stainless steel will maintain its polished look for a very long time.
- Use a Scotch-Brite® pad or standard stainless steel cleaner and follow its instructions
- For very bad tea staining first use a Scotch-Brite® pad, and then (If it doesn’t work) use a wire brush gently
- Avoid pressing too hard, as you can make deep marks in the stainless steel
- After the wire brush, use the Scotch-Brite® pad again, along the grain of the metal, to keep the brushed look consistent
- To avoid watermarks, make sure you wipe water away from the stainless steel fully before leaving it to dry in the shade
- Avoid the use of scrubbers like steel-wool, which may contain overly abrasive metal parts
- Never use chlorine-based, alcohol-based or acid products
Highly resistant to rust and corrosion, powder-coated steel is another excellent choice for outdoor furniture. The thick layer of zinc protects the underlying metal from harsh weather conditions. Mamagreen offers a wide range of colors.
Regularly Cleaning Powder-coated Metal
- We recommend brushing your frames gently with a soft nylon brush, to remove any debris or food stuffs
- Gently wash with a mild soap solution and rinse well
- Dry with a soft towel or cloth
- Never use highly acidic or caustic solvents on your Mamagreen furniture - it is generally not necessary and can damage the finish
- Avoid using abrasive pads, hard brushes or cleansers, as they can scratch the finish and leave it dull and unattractive
Mending Powder-coated Scratches & Discoloration
For small scratches and dings, touch-up paint is available in matching colors.
Our ecologically harvested plantation teak comes in a very smooth sanded finish. Plantation teak is the ideal wood for outdoor furniture, as it maintains its quality even in extreme heat or cold. Needing less maintenance than recycled teak, these tops still need regular cleaning to avoid build-up of dirt and mildew. The original honey color will slowly change to a silvery grey patina, especially with exposure to UV. Thus, it is not recommended to place objects on tables for long periods of time (e.g. potted plants).
Choosing recycled teak is picking out a special look, ideal for unique, casual-chic spaces. Reclaimed from abandoned buildings, our recycled teak comes in a rustic wire-brushed finish. Imperfections coming from nail holes, hinges or bolts, add character and give recycled teak its distinctive look. Small cracks and black or red spots may occur in places that have had long-term exposure to metal.
The brushed finish makes recycled teak sensitive to build-up of dirt (food remains, leaves, etc), creating a slight risk for mildew. For this reason, recycled teak tops are not advised for use under trees. Teak can change color when exposed to UV for long periods. Leaving items on top of a teak table that is in the sun can result in color marks, where the object rested since that area was not exposed to UV.
Mamagreen takes pride in leading the way in waste reduction and we reclaim 99% of our waste. All wood used for our Laminated Teak Tops are recycled from our production processes. This wood is a mixture of plantation teak and reused teak wood. To withstand extreme outdoor conditions, all wood components are carefully selected according to grain and age and are then finger-jointed meticulously and laminated with a strong adhesive, suitable for outdoor use.
Cleaning Teak on a Regular Basis
- Use a non-metal brush to remove any food stuff on the surface of the table
- Apply a generous amount of mild soapy solution and rinse with plenty of clean lukewarm water
- Dry with a soft dry cloth and make sure it is completely dry
- Rinse the furniture with your garden hose to remove dirt and debris, but avoid using a high-pressure washer, which can cause surface erosion, on the teak
- Clean the teak with a solution of soap and water and apply the cleaner to the wood with a non-metal bristle brush
- Scrub the affected areas in the direction of the grain to remove the dirt and mildew
- Rinse the furniture thoroughly with your garden hose to ensure that there is not any cleaner on the furniture
- Set the furniture in the sun to dry fully
Finishing for Teak
You can finish teak in a variety of ways, using commercial products or nothing at all.
- Teak shields protect the wood against most food and drink marks, but still allows the teak to weather naturally (needs to be reapplied every year)
- Polyurethane varnishes give a warm honey color to the teak, protecting it against spots and weathering (needs to be maintained yearly)
- Untreated teak will turn silvery grey, but it does not affect its quality
HPL - High Pressure Laminate
Mamagreen has high quality high pressure laminates (HPL) made in Italy with the special characteristics of durability, ease of cleaning and maintenance. Mamagreen HPL is manufactured by the advanced technology of the multi-head numeric controlled machines and uses a milling cutter or a special designed cutter, that will guarantee the maximum precision and a perfect finishing of the processed material.
Basic Cleaning for HPL
- For spills, smudges and general cleaning, clean the surface of the table using a soft cloth (one that will not bleed color) and clean, lukewarm water
- Wipe the surface evenly, rinse with plenty of lukewarm water and wipe with a soft dry cloth
- Cleaning your HPL table top in a consistent manner on a regular basis will aid in long-lasting table top
- Never clean your table top using abrasive and hard cleaning materials, as they will cause scratches on the surface of the table
- Only use a mild soap and never products containing bleach or acid to clean HPL
Recommended Use of HPL
- Don’t cut directly on the table surface with a knife or sharp tool
- Always have a protective layer between the table top and hot serving dishes
Outdoor Textiles (Batyline, Keops, etc)
All our textiles come from premium European (Ferrari®) and American (Twitchell® & Sunbrella®) manufacturers with extensive experience in luxury outdoor furniture.
Regular Synthetic Fabric Cleaning
- Slings and upholstery can be easily cleaned with a cleaner for outdoor textiles, or with soapy water
- For specific spots (e.g. ink or wine) the fabric manufacturers offer their own solutions
- Always use lukewarm or cold water and air-dry textiles, as excessive heat can be damaging and shrinkage could occur
Synthetic wicker is tear-resistant and colorfast. This material can withstand extreme temperatures without deteriorating. Synthetic wicker is impervious to water - a characteristic with which the product maintains its strength and structure. Manufactured to only have smooth edges, this non-toxic material is guaranteed to be safe for all settings. Outdoor furniture made with synthetic wicker requires very little cleaning or care, to last many years.
- Always avoid using bleach or other harsh cleaning substances and avoid brushing with hard bristles - metal bristles and harsh chemicals must be avoided completely
- Prepare a bucket with a generous mixture of gentle eco-friendly soap and lukewarm water (never use hot or boiling water)
- Rinse the whole surface with clean lukewarm water to remove any loose dirt and to remove any dirt or debris in the weaving if needed
- Dip a soft nylon brush in the soap mixture and brush in both circles and along the weaving (brush the entire surface)
- Rinse off the soap mixture thoroughly with clean lukewarm water, until there is no soap residue left
- Wipe areas dry with a soft towel or cloth and let dry completely, in the shade.
Our cushions are made of 100% all-weather materials starting with the foam core, to the liner, the zipper and the cover itself.
- For easy cleaning, covers can be removed, but they are not intended to be machine washed or machine dried
- We advise that you hand wash covers in lukewarm water and air dry
- When not in use, we recommend storing cushions in a dry and airy space after cleaning
- Protective covers are available for all our outdoor sofas