Many people spend much of their time outdoors once the warm weather hits. They may grab their sunglasses and attend a concert, have a beach day, read in a hammock or under an umbrella, lounge poolside, or just spend time at home in their own outdoor space. Sunbathing chairs are used a great deal because they are lightweight, portable, and convenient. However, without some care, they can show signs of wear, just like all outdoor furniture.

Once we’re finished using them for the day, we tend to throw our outdoor chairs into the garage, maybe hang them on a peg or shuffle them into a shed. Storing a lounge chair is fine if you do it properly. If you don’t provide proper care, though, your sunbathing chair will not last long. People don’t often think about maintaining their lounger chairs and can go through them quicker than they should.

Maintaining Different Frame Types

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Sunbathing chairs are composed of a variety of different materials. The most notable and perhaps most important part is the frame. While people will look closer at the material when it shows signs of wear, you must maintain the frame as well. Without proper care, there is a potential for injury, especially if you’re talking about a reclining chair with different reclining positions and, therefore, more moving parts.

Aluminum Frame

Aluminum is the most popular material type as it is more affordable than wood. The downfall is that it is prone to rust. Moisture is a common enemy causing corrosion of an aluminum frame. 

To prevent rust on your outdoor chairs, keep them completely dry and wipe off excess moisture. This means you should store it in a garage or other covered storage area. If you want to keep it outside, the aluminum can be clear coated, preventing rust and making it more waterproof.

Steel Frame

These chairs tend to last the longest since they are extremely durable and offer sturdy support while you relax on the patio or pool deck. However, they are also prone to corrosion and rust if not correctly maintained. The proper care for these frames is like aluminum ones.

Wood Frame

If your wood frame becomes wet, there is the potential for it to warp, bow, or become uneven. Store wood-framed chairs in a shaded, cool, dry area, especially when it is raining or there are droplets of moisture in the air over a dry day. 

If you want to leave your chaise lounge or sun lounger out on the pool deck, treat the wood using a sealed finish or stain to provide extra protection in maintaining the frame’s shape. 

Maintaining Seat Material

Most people leave their chairs poolside or out in the sun where rays can quickly bleach or fade the color, making it look less vibrant. If you tend to eat and drink while lounging, the chairs can quickly become stained. They can also show signs of wear and begin to fray, depending on the material. How can we combat this?

Canvas/Polyester Fabrics

Most chairs contain canvas or polyester. Regardless of the type, you should wipe down the fabric with a cloth after it is used to keep it looking new. Another good idea is to clean up spills and slops immediately rather than letting them sit. If the residue is allowed to remain on the fabric, it might stain. 

Each month, thoroughly vacuum the seats to keep them dirt-free. This will play a role in how long the fabric lasts. It also allows you to inspect for any stains that you may have missed. 

If there is a set-in stain, you can spot clean it instead of washing the seat. If it requires a deep cleaning, follow the instructions on the tag. The best types of material and cushions to buy are UV resistant, which prevents fading. 

Cleaning Tips

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There are several ways you can clean a sunbathing chair. Your chair may require cleaning if it is stained, has mold or mildew on it, or it may just need a freshening up in the spring.

Mold and Mildew

If you find mold or mildew when you pull the chair out of storage, put some vinegar in a spray bottle. Vinegar is easier on the fabric than bleach and is more effective at completely removing odors. Generously spray the area. If the mold is bad, really saturate the area. Repeat until the mold is gone.

Since vinegar has a strong scent, you will need to wipe down the chair using a cloth or sponge, then rinse it with tepid water. Thoroughly clean the chair to get rid of the remaining smell. Then, allow it to fully air dry before using it, or put it back into storage after 24 hours. 

Other tips

  • If you use a cleaning solution, ensure it is safe. For strong solutions, wear a mask.
  • If you need bleach, read the instructions before using it to make sure it won’t damage your chair. While bleach may remove a stain, it can also remove color, which is why it isn’t widely recommended.
  • Never breathe in mildew or mold. The spores can get into your lungs and jeopardize your health. 
  • Never get rid of mold or use a strong chemical in enclosed areas. Use them in an open, well-ventilated space.

Storage

Store chairs in a dark and dry place. In the winter, place them in a storage bag or shed for easy storage and to protect against the elements. Placing them in bags will prevent damage. 

Other suggestions are that you regularly examine the frame to make sure that there are no repairs that need to be done. Inspect any hinges or screws to ensure the chair is safe and in good condition. Also, examine the fabric for signs of wear. Materials can split in a second, causing someone to fall through if we aren’t diligent. 

Conclusion

When it comes to maintaining your sunbathing chair, these are a few tips that you can incorporate to keep them looking new. If given the proper care, your chairs will look new and last a long time, saving you money and bringing you years of relaxation, enjoyment, and maximum comfort for lying out in the sun.

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