Characteristics & Care

CHARACTERISTICS OF OUR UPHOLSTERED SEATING, CUSHIONS AND PILLOWS

Fully Upholstered Seating

Frame Construction

  • Our fully upholstered seating is produced in North Carolina and is designed for both indoor and outdoor use.
  • The frames are crafted of exterior grade Birch plywood with an all-weather webbing seat deck. Joints are reinforced using waterproof glue and stainless steel and nickel-plated hardware. Weep holes are added to the frame to prevent water from pooling.
  • The upholstery process begins by covering the frames with a weather barrier material. Our outdoor rated fabrics are applied to the frame with stainless steel staples and all seams are sewn using a synthetic thread with UV protection.

Seat Cushions

  • Designed for luxurious comfort, our Exteriors Plush Seat Cushion is used on all our fully upholstered seating. It is constructed of high resiliency 1.8lb/cu ft polyfoam core, topped with a lofty layer of anti-microbial synthetic down and fully encased in a water-resistant ticking. A mesh panel is stitched on the underside of the cushion to allow for water drainage.

Back Cushions and Pillows

  • Our back cushions and pillows are filled with polyester fiber wrapped in a water-resistant ticking that offers fullness yet relaxed comfort.

Non-Upholstered Seating (woven, metal and wood)

Tight Cushion Seating

  • Our tight cushion seating, used mainly on accent chairs, is constructed with our Exteriors Plush Seat Cushion atop outdoor-grade webbing which has been attached to the frame with stainless steel staples. This seating is designed for luxurious comfort and maximum water resistance.

Loose Cushion Seating

  • Our loose cushion seating is designed primarily with our Quick Dry Foam Seat Cushion for a soft sit and a nice tailored look. It is constructed of high resiliency, reticulated foam with a soft polyfoam wrap for just the right amount of crown. The open cell foam allows for quick drainage if exposed to water and moisture.

Back Cushions and Pillows

  • Our back cushions and pillows are filled with polyester fiber wrapped in a water-resistant ticking that offers fullness yet relaxed comfort.

Decorative Throw Pillows

  • All our throw pillows are created using a synthetic down filling, fully encased in a water-resistant ticking for a luxurious look and feel.

 

CARE AND MAINTENANCE OF OUR UPHOLSTERED SEATING, CUSHIONS AND PILLOWS

General Care

  • To maintain structure and evenly distribute wear, frequently reshape and rotate back cushions and pillows.
  • Occasionally vacuum your furniture fabrics and cushions using upholstery and crevice attachments to remove all dirt and debris before it becomes embedded in the fabric.
  • For general fabric cleaning, use the following steps.
    • For light cleaning:
      • Lightly brush off or blot any loose dirt and light stains.
      • Blot or mist spray with a lukewarm water/mild detergent solution. Avoid oversaturating.
      • Rinse with water until clean and allow to dry thoroughly.
    • For stubborn stains, mold and mildew:
      • Substitute the water/detergent solution with a bleach solution of 30 parts lukewarm water to 1-part liquid bleach.
    • Refer to our fabric listing on Bernhardt.com for specific cleaning instructions by fabric brand and stain type.
    • We do not recommend removing fabric covers from the cushion core.
  • While our fabrics are mildew resistant, spores that create mold and mildew thrive in environments where there is dirt and moisture. To deter build up, keep cushions clean and free of debris. Always remove wet cushions from furniture frames and allow to dry.
  • If upholstery or cushions require extensive cleaning, please contact a professional.
  • We strongly recommend storing your furniture under cover or covering it when not in use with our custom furniture covers to protect it from dirt, debris, heavy rain and inclement weather.
  • Always ensure your furniture and fabrics are clean and dry before covering and storing.

Caring for Cushions and Upholstery in the Rain

Choose the proper instructions based on the cushions specified for your furniture and avoid water standing on the surface of your cushions.

  • Exteriors Plush Cushions - If moisture does penetrate the fabric, open the zipper of the cover and dry the layer between the fabric and the sealed cushion using a towel. Excess water will continue to drain through the mesh panel on the underside.
  • Reticulated Foam Cushions - The open cell construction of this cushion allows water to drain through when wet. For saturated cushions, open the zipper of the cover and stand on end with zipper facing downward to allow excess water to drain through.
  • Back Cushions and Throw Pillows - Open the zipper of the cover and stand on end with zipper facing downward to allow excess water to drain through.

 

CHARACTERISTICS AND CARE & MAINTENANCE OF OUR TEAK

  • Our teak furniture has a hand applied polyurethane finish to achieve a weathered look and feel. A six-step process is used applying multiple layers of PU stains, hand sanding and a final artisan dry brush finish, giving this furniture its desirable aged appearance.
  • Like natural teak, our finished teak will slowly change color over time. After one to two years of exposure, the finish will give way to the natural silvery patina of aged teak.
  • Although our teak furniture is finished, it does require cleaning and maintenance.
  • To clean the finished teak, use a mild soap and water solution applied with a soft cloth or brush. Rinse thoroughly.
  • To prevent water, moisture and food stains from penetrating into the teak, Golden Care Teak Shield can be applied to the surface. Prior to application, be sure to let new furniture sit outdoors for two weeks to allow the natural oils in the teak to be drawn to the surface.
  • Imperfections, such as hair-line cracks, are natural to the teak aging process.
  • When not in use or during inclement weather, store indoors or under cover using our protective furniture covers.

 

CHARACTERISTICS AND CARE & MAINTENANCE OF OUR ENDURA WICKER

  • Our Endura all-weather wicker is made of superior strength, high-density polyethylene. Each fiber is created using a proprietary color blend that gives it rich visual depth.
  • This high-performance material is intricately hand woven in a variety of artistic patterns, over an aluminum frame. Some of the woven patterns on sofas and chairs can take an artist several days to complete.
  • This material is UV and mildew resistant and has been tested to maintain its color and to withstand cracking for up to five years.
  • To preserve the look of your outdoor woven furniture, regularly clean it with a mild soap and water solution using a soft brush, cloth or water hose. Do not tug on the fibers while cleaning. Rinse thoroughly.
  • If furniture is in a salty environment, rinse weekly to prevent accumulation of damaging salt deposits.
  • When not in use or during inclement weather, store indoors or under cover using our protective furniture covers.

 

CHARACTERISTICS AND CARE & MAINTENANCE OF OUR ROPE & KNITTED MATERIAL

  • Our rope and knitted materials are designed with multifilament yarns artfully woven or wrapped in unique, dimensional patterns that give our furniture its distinct look.
  • They are made from durable, solution dyed Olefin yarns. This fiber is UV, mold and mildew resistant.
  • Lightly brush or vacuum the material regularly to avoid a buildup of dirt and debris.
  • Wash occasionally using a 15:1 lukewarm water and mild detergent solution.
  • Wipe and brush in the direction of the rope to reduce friction.
  • When not in use or during inclement weather, store indoors or under cover using our protective furniture covers.

 

CHARACTERISTICS AND CARE & MAINTENANCE OF OUR STAINLESS STEEL

  • Our stainless steel is 304-grade with a powder coat finish. This finish helps guard against corrosion and other deposits, when cleaned regularly. 
  • Although stainless steel is generally resistant to corrosion, the surface is susceptible to cosmetic deterioration from saltwater and airborne chemicals. Superficial dark spots that may show on the surface do not affect the strength or integrity of the furniture.
  • To clean these spots and to help prevent stains from building up, use a mild soap and water solution.

 

CHARACTERISTICS AND CARE & MAINTENANCE OF OUR ALUMINUM

  • All our aluminum frames are powder coated and fully welded for strength.
  • Occasional cleaning of the aluminum frames is recommended using a soft cloth or sponge and a mild detergent mixed with lukewarm water to avoid buildup of salt and other potentially damaging deposits.
  • Never use abrasive cleaners or brushes.
  • To enhance and further protect the finish, a high-grade automotive paste wax can be applied to surfaces that are smooth.

 

CHARACTERISTICS AND CARE & MAINTENANCE OF OUR CONCRETE & GLASS REINFORCED CONCRETE (GRC)

  • GRC or Glass Reinforced Concrete consists of high-strength glass fiber embedded in a concrete composite.
  • Our concrete and GRC furniture is hand finished with a protective layer of polyurethane.
  • The organic beauty of concrete furniture is evident in the natural variations in color, small surface depressions and non-structural hairline cracks that can develop over time.
  • The porous nature of concrete is susceptible to stains. Resealing the concrete regularly will help protect it from food stains, water and scratches.
  • Quickly wipe up spills to keep them from penetrating the surface.
  • Avoid placing acidic foods and oils on the surface.
  • To prevent damage to your furniture, do not drag or place sharp objects on the surface. Use coasters, trivets and felt pads for additional protection.
  • Do not allow moisture to collect at the bottom of items placed on the surface. 
  • Do not place hot materials directly on the surface.
  • When not in use or during inclement weather, store indoors or under cover using our protective furniture covers.

 

CHARACTERISTICS AND CARE & MAINTENANCE OF OUR STONECAST

  • Our stonecast products are made of a composite of crushed stone, indigenous to Southeast Asia, mixed with resin and/or fiberglass. 
  • To create some of the sculptural shapes and to provide structure, some of our stonecast products may have an internal frame made from treated wood or metal.
  • The finish of our stonecast products may patina over time.
  • To keep stains from absorbing into the naturally porous surface, immediately blot spills and wipe clean with a soft, damp cloth.
  • For regular cleaning, use mild soap and water solution. Be sure to rinse thoroughly.
  • Avoid using chemicals and abrasives, as these will damage the surface.
  • Avoid sitting or standing water on the surface.
  • Move the furniture with care.
  • When not in use or during inclement weather, store indoors or under cover using our protective furniture covers.

 

CHARACTERISTICS AND CARE & MAINTENANCE OF OUR OUTDOOR FABRICS

  • We have partnered with premium brands, like Sunbrella, to create a unique collection of fabrics designed to perform, endure and correlate beautifully with our furniture. The ultimate goal is to create a premium product that will not only last, but will also elevate the look and feel of your outdoor space.
  • The collection boasts a fresh, modern color palette with an array of patterns, luxurious textures, as well as clean, classic plains.
  • All our outdoor fabrics are made from 100% solution dyed yarns, so the performance features are not just an applied finish but are engineered into the fibers. As a result, each fabric will maintain its rich color and durability through normal wear and tear and exposure to the elements.
  • Our premium vinyl offers a look and feel so close to real leather that we are confident in calling it Endurance Leather.
  • Our exclusive line of trims offers the perfect finishing touch and allows you to create a look that is uniquely your own.
  • Below is a general overview of the contents, features and cleanability of each brand. For detailed cleaning instructions by brand and stain type, click on the links in the chart.

 

Brand Content* Features/Benefits Cleanability
Sunbrella 100% Solution Dyed Acrylic

• UV stable
• Fade resistant
• Water resistant
• Stain resistant
• Mold and mildew resistant

Mild soap and water solution
1 cup bleach, 1/4 cup mild soap to 1 gallon water

Revolution 100% Solution Dyed Olefin made with upcycled fibers • UV stable
• Fade resistant
• Water resistant
• Stain resistant
• Anti-microbial
Mild soap and water solution
1 oz bleach to 30 oz water
Outdura 100% Solution Dyed Acrylic • UV stable
• Fade resistant
• Water resistant
• Stain resistant
• Mold and mildew resistant
Mild soap and water solution
10% bleach to water solution
Inside Out Endurance Leather 80% Thermo Polyurethane, 20% Polyester • Water repellant
• Fade resistant
• Mold and mildew resistant
Mild soap and water solution
1 oz bleach to 30 oz water

*Some patterns may contain small amounts of other fibers