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New River Furniture Care & Maintenance

New River Wood Patio Furniture

The most important step to protecting New River's furniture is to keep it clean. General pollution (dust, smoke, acid rain, body lotions/oils, mold, mildew, oxidation), insects and the sunlight, are the main factors that can cause damages in the finish, reducing its duration.

New River Casual Furniture specializes in wood furniture and wood finishes. With this combination, we improve the look and feel of Brazilian Cherry's natural beauty, but also extend the durability and your color choices.

Without these finishes, Brazilian Cherry already has proven durability, even in the long, hot summers of Brazil or the cold winters of the northern United States.

 

Linseed Oil Finish


When seasoned by the weather without maintenance, the exposed surface of our oiled finish turns a natural silver gray, although the rich original color remains safely locked into the core of the wood, right beneath the "skin."

Our Brazilian Cherry is pre-applied with an organic linseed oil coating. The wood will turn a deep red color after initial use in the sun. To extend the life of the red color, clean your furniture with a mild solution of dish soap, bleach and warm water. Apply the mixture with a soft bristle brush. Rinse well and let dry. Re-coating fully exposed furniture in average climates three times a year is sufficient. More frequent re-coating may be needed in regions with high sunshine. This keeps the appearance of the finish even and prevents it from looking dried out.

If left outside over time, natural Brazilian Cherry will turn handsome silver gray. If this color is preferred, no maintenance is required!

 

The Furniture is Gray?

However, once your furniture has turned gray, there are several methods to bring back the original deep red color. Although it requires maintenance, the rich color can always be restored.

Weathered Rocker

To return our furniture to the original red color, completely clean the surface of dirt, mold, mildew, bird droppings, grease and oil stains, etc. Use a sponge or bristle brush and a mild detergent, then rinse thoroughly. Allow the wood to dry completely, then sand with 120-grit sandpaper on all weathered surfaces until new wood is exposed again. For best results, finish sanding along the grain with 180-grit sandpaper. Once the red color has been restored, you may apply Linseed Oil. For cleaning, we also recommend Feron's Heavy Duty Cleaner.

Notice of Caution: During the initial 2 months, natural bleeding will occur on random pieces of our linseed oil furniture. Please keep an eye on the furniture and if you notice any bleeding, we recommend that you wet your furniture down thoroughly on a sandy or grassy area 5-10 times until bleeding stops. Once it has stopped, it will never occur again.

 

Painted and Weathered Finish


Painted Finish

Clean with soap and water as needed. A mild solution of bleach and water can be used if any mildewing occurs. These items can be touched-up with exterior grade paint, although it will never quite match the factory-hand applied UV-blocked catalyzed polyurethane. In case it is needed, New River also offers a paint touch-up kit.

Notice of Caution: During the initial 2 months, natural bleeding will occur on random pieces of our painted and weathered furniture. Please keep an eye on the furniture and if you notice any bleeding, we recommend that you wet your furniture down thoroughly on a sandy or grassy area 5-10 times until bleeding stops. Once it has stopped, it will never occur again.

 

ClearCare Finish

 

New River's ClearCare finish (Eco-Friendly and Non-Toxic) is a factory-applied water-based finish with a low luster. It provides additional protection to already durable Brazilian Cherry. The transparent, Clearcare finish allows the grain of the wood to show through for those who prefer a natural look & feel and is very easy to reapply once necessary. Usually, one year from date of initial purchase (depending on exposure).

Brazilian Cherry Rocking Chair

ClearCare is available in a 33.8 fl. oz. (1 liter can) through your New River Authorized Dealer. ClearCare offers several benefits over our Linseed Oil Finish:

  • Prevents checking on the wood.
  • Stops the initial, natural occurring bleeding of Brazilian Cherry.
  • Significantly slows graying process (from an average of 3-4 months to one year or longer, depending on the level of exposure).
  • Easy to re-apply with a brush after approximately one year.
  • Do not sand until wood has turned gray.
  • Clean with soap and water as needed. Do not use harsh chemicals or cleaning solutions as this could potentially harm the ClearCare finish.
  • Besides using a mild detergent and a soft cloth to clean, we recommend our Cleaner-Preservative.

 

Cushion Care & Maintenance


Cushions

Fabrics should be cleaned regularly before substances such as dirt and food particles are allowed to accumulate on and become embedded in the fabric. This practice will eliminate the need for more frequent vigorous cleanings.

Special Note: If the furniture is in full exposure to the elements, we suggest that after it rains, you stand the cushions on-end. This will help them to drain and also to have less surface contact with the furniture, reducing the likelihood of mold and mildew.

 

General or Light Cleaning

  • Brush off any loose dirt.
  • Prepare a cleaning solution of 2 ounces (1/4 cup) mild soap per gallon of lukewarm water (less than 100°F/38°C).
  • Use a sponge or a soft bristle brush to clean.
  • Allow cleaning solution to soak into fabric.
  • Rinse thoroughly to remove all soap residue.
  • Allow fabric to air dry.

For removable fabrics, machine wash in cold water (less than 100°F/38°C). Depending on wash load size, use normal amounts of mild laundry soap. Allow fabric to air dry.

 

Spot Cleaning

  • Apply a light mist of a recommended fabric cleaning solution using a spray bottle.
  • Work the solution into the stain by lightly scrubbing the area with a sponge or very soft bristle brush.
  • Rinse thoroughly to remove all soap residue.
  • Blot excess moisture with a clean, soft towel or sponge. Use a Wet Vac if available to remove excess moisture.
  • Repeat these steps until stain is removed.

 

Heavy Cleaning for Stubborn Stains and Mildew

100% Solution-Dyed fabrics do not promote mildew growth, however, mildew may grow on dirt and other foreign substances that are not removed from the fabric. To clean mildew, or other stubborn stains:

  • Prepare a solution of 8 ounces (1 cup) of bleach and 2 ounces (1/4 cup) of mild soap per gallon of clean water.
  • Spray on entire area and allow to soak into the fabric.
  • Scrub vigorously with a soft bristle brush, sponge, or clean towel.
  • Rinse thoroughly to remove all soap residue.
  • Allow fabric to air dry.

If stain and/or mildew are severe, bleach quantities may be increased.

For removable Sunbrella fabric umbrella and cushion covers, machine wash in cold water (less than 100°F /38°C). Depending on wash load size, use normal amounts of mild laundry soap and add 1 cup of bleach. Allow fabric to air dry.

Brazilian Cherry Patio Furniture

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