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maintaining and cleaning outdoor barstools

At Have a Seat, we understand the hustle and bustle of running a restaurant, bar, or pub, and outdoor spaces are becoming increasingly popular, especially in our lovely city of Sydney. But maintaining outdoor furniture, particularly barstools, can be quite the task. That’s why we’re devoting today’s blog to providing helpful tips on keeping your outdoor barstools in top-notch condition.

Why Quality Matters

But first, let’s talk about the importance of investing in high-quality commercial barstools. You might be tempted to cut corners and opt for residential furniture but trust us, it’s worth investing in commercial-grade items. Here’s why:

  • Durability: Commercial barstools are built to withstand heavy use and harsh weather conditions. They’re crafted with sturdy materials that can handle the rigours of a bustling hospitality environment.
  • Safety: Your customers’ safety should always be a top priority. Commercial barstools are designed with safety in mind, with features such as reinforced frames and stable bases to prevent accidents.
  • Aesthetic Appeal: High-quality barstools not only offer functionality but also enhance the aesthetic appeal of your outdoor space. They add a touch of sophistication and style, elevating the overall ambience of your establishment.

Investing in commercial furniture can be exactly that—a financial investment. But making that investment can save you money in the long run as you won’t have to replace the low-dollar residential pieces that will inevitably wear out on you within a few months.

Now that we’ve stressed the importance of quality, let’s move on to the nitty-gritty of maintenance and cleaning.

Maintenance Tips by Material

Metal Barstools

Metal barstools are a popular choice for outdoor seating due to their durability and sleek appearance. Here’s how to keep them looking their best:

  • Regular Cleaning: Wipe down metal barstools with a damp cloth or sponge to remove dust, dirt, and grime. For stubborn stains, use a mild detergent diluted in water.
  • Prevent Rust: Metal barstools are prone to rust, especially when exposed to moisture. Apply a protective coating of rust-resistant paint or sealant to prolong their lifespan.
  • Check for Damage: Inspect metal barstools regularly for any signs of damage or corrosion. Address any issues promptly to prevent further deterioration.

Wood Barstools

Wood barstools lend a warm and inviting vibe to outdoor spaces, but they require proper care to maintain their organic beauty. Follow these tips:

  • Seal the Wood: Apply a weatherproof sealant or varnish to protect the wood from moisture and UV damage. Reapply the sealant annually to maintain its effectiveness.
  • Avoid Direct Sunlight: Prolonged exposure to direct sunlight can cause wood to fade and warp. Position your barstools in shaded areas or use umbrellas to provide shade.
  • Clean Gently: Use a soft brush or cloth to remove debris from wood barstools. Avoid harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners, as they can damage the wood’s finish.

Vinyl Barstools

Vinyl or barstools are a practical choice for outdoor seating, thanks to their easy maintenance and resistance to moisture. Here’s how to keep them in tip-top shape:

  • Regular Wiping: Wipe down barstools with a damp cloth or sponge to remove spills and stains. For tougher stains, use a mild soap solution and gently scrub the affected area.
  • Avoid Harsh Chemicals: Harsh chemicals can damage vinyl upholstery, so opt for gentle cleaners specifically formulated for vinyl surfaces.
  • Dry Thoroughly: After cleaning, make sure to dry vinyl upholstery thoroughly to prevent mould and mildew growth. You can use a clean towel or allow them to dry naturally.

It’s important to note that these are general maintenance and cleaning instructions. Your best bet for providing exceptional care for the stools you purchased is to follow the maintenance and care instructions provided by the manufacturer.

If you’d like to see just how good modern outdoor barstools can look (and, trust us, there are some true aesthetic beauties available), stop by our Smithfield showroom. Our team of hospitality pros are ready to help you choose the right stool for your outdoor space. But, if a trip to Smithfield isn’t in your future, know that you can easily place an order when you visit our online store.

Maintaining outdoor barstools requires a bit of effort, but the payoff is well worth it. By investing in high-quality commercial barstools and following these maintenance tips (or those provided by the manufacturer), you can ensure your outdoor seating area remains inviting and comfortable for your customers.

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