All Tropitone extruded aluminum patio furniture frames feature a welded, all aluminum frame construction. Tropitone uses full circumference welding in all load bearing joints since it is the strongest way to join two pieces of aluminum.
Our Cast Collection features frames that are either solid cast aluminum or a combination of cast and extruded aluminum. Cast to extruded material connections have a deep penetrating weld design to insure superior strength. All aluminum construction enables Tropitone Cast Furniture to be used indoors and outdoors.
CLEANING AND CARE
Regular periodic care of your Tropitone furniture will maintain its appearance and functionality better than occasional, heavy duty maintenance. Consider the specific conditions and usage to which your product is exposed so appropriate maintenance is provided. Product failure caused by a lack of reasonable and necessary care and maintenance is not covered by the product warranty.
Regularly tighten all hardware to avoid loosening which can lead to bolt failure and product breakage. Replace missing hardware (remove product from service until repaired). Regularly tighten the headrest bolts on all chaise lounges and recliners. Confirm movement is smooth without binding and that the ratchet engages properly at each position.
Painted finishes are used on aluminum seating, tables and umbrellas. Periodically clean the finish with a sponge or soft bristle brush using a cleaning solution with 1/4 cup (2 oz.) mild liquid soap in a gallon of lukewarm water (100° F / 38° C). Rinse thoroughly. Avoid using abrasive cleaners. For gloss finishes, we recommend periodic waxing of the frame with a high grade automotive paste wax or the use of a commercially available protectant to help maintain and/or restore the luster of the finish. Protectants can be purchased at most casual furniture retailers.
Caution: In seaside use, salt can accumulate on the finish, leading to finish failure. In indoor pool areas, chlorides can accumulate on the finish, leading to finish failure. In both of these environments, repeated cycles of condensation followed by evaporation cause build-up of these aggressive corrosives. Regular cleaning with mild soap and water will remove the concentrated deposits and protect the furniture finish per the above instructions.
Remove cushions, and accessory pillows to prevent staining of fabric, as cleaners used on stainless steel may not be appropriate for fabric. Unsnap back and seat cushions, by gently pulling the snap at the connection to the cushion. Stack on a clean and dry surface.
Apply a cleaning solution with 1/4 cup (2 oz.) mild liquid soap in a gallon of lukewarm water (100° F / 38° C) using a soft, clean cloth. Rub with the grain of the metal.
Rinse furniture thoroughly with clean water.
Dry thoroughly to prevent streaks, rubbing with the grain. Thorough rinsing and drying will remove detergent and allow the metal to “breathe”, preventing corrosion.
Install seat cushions and snap into place. Install back cushions and snap into place. Notice corner module back cushions have a left and right back cushion. Replace accessory pillows.
Caution: Do NOT use the following products on stainless steel - damage may occur:
- Bleach or cleaners containing bleach (can corrode stainless steel)
- Hydrochloric acid or cleaners with chloride (can corrode stainless steel)
- Abrasive pads or cleaners (will scratch or polish finish)
- Rubbing motion against metal grain (can change finish)
STAINLESS STEEL STAIN OR RUST REMOVAL
Should a stain or rust occur on the stainless steel, promptly clean the deposit. Lingering stains can become permanent. Rust can permanently etch or pit the stainless steel.
Apply a non-abrasive stainless steel cleaner / polish. FOLLOW THE MANUFACTURER’S INSTRUCTIONS. Test in an inconspicuous spot to insure original finish isn’t altered. Remember to rub with the metal grain (not in a circular motion). Rinse furniture thoroughly with clean water. Finally, dry thoroughly to prevent streaks, rubbing with the grain.
If the stain or rust remains, you can use a Scotch-Brite® No Scratch Multi-Purpose Scrub Sponge or a Scotch-Brite® General Purpose Hand Pad 7447 to polish the stainless steel. It is critical to rub with the metal grain (not in a circular motion). Rinse furniture thoroughly with clean water. Finally, dry thoroughly to prevent streaks, rubbing with the grain.
Caution: Salt or acid (from coffee, wine, orange juice, tomato juice, lemon, etc) can discolor stainless steel if not cleaned up promptly.
Seaside / Indoor Pool areas: Stainless Steel products used in seaside or indoor pool settings will require more frequent cleaning to remove chloride deposits to prevent corrosion and etching.
PAINT TOUCH UP
Tropitone offers touch up spray paint. Orders for paint may be placed with your local authorized Tropitone Dealer or commercial Sales Representative.
Small Nicks — Complete steps 1 — 5. Spray touch-up paint onto a flat plate or dish. Use a small artist's brush to transfer the paint from the plate to the aluminum outdoor patio furniture. Texture can be enhanced with a clean, dry brush after the paint becomes tacky.
Scratches in Textured Finish — After last coat in step 7 above, don’t let the paint fully dry. Wait 3 - 5 minutes for the paint to become tacky. Pat with a damp (not soaking) cloth to create texture (a dry cloth will pick up too much paint). Make sure the damp cloth is lint free.
REPAIRING SCRATCHES AND SCRAPES
Touch-up paint to match the frame color is available directly from your local Tropitone Dealer or Representative.
- Wash the scratched area to remove any dirt or grease.
- Rinse thoroughly with clean water. Dry.
- Remove cushions. Protect fabric, frame, and all surface areas that are not to be painted.
- Sand the scratch lightly to “soften” the edge with fine grit sandpaper so that the touch-up paint will blend in easily. Sand as small an area as possible so you don’t create additional work.
- Clean with rubbing alcohol.
TOUCHING UP GLOSS FINISHES
Do NOT try to get full coverage with the first coat.
- Hold the can 4 — 6 inches away from the surface to be painted. Apply the touch-up paint with short light sprays until complete coverage is obtained. Be sure to avoid “over-spraying” onto adjacent areas. Over-spray must be removed immediately using rubbing alcohol and a soft cloth.
TOUCHING UP TEXTURED FINISHES
Do NOT try to get full coverage with the first coat.
- Hold spray can 4 - 6 inches away from surface to be painted. Spray a thin coat and let dry.
- Spray a second coat and let dry. Repeat until desired coverage is achieved.
Caution: One heavy coat may cause the surrounding finish to loosen and wrinkle due to the solvents in the spray paint.
Caution: Trying to get full coverage in the first coat may result in a glossy surface. Should this happen, dull with a light (thin) coat applied after the offending glossy coat has dried.
- Certain colors require a second coat with a supplied "Step 2" spray paint. Hold the can 12 inches from the surface and use one quick pass. Allow to dry.
- Certain colors require a third coat with a supplied "Step 3" spray paint. Hold the can 12 inches from the surface and use one quick pass. Allow to dry.
Paint Storage Hint: Always flush the paint out of the nozzle after use by turning the can upside down and depressing the nozzle, spraying onto a disposable cloth. Store touch-up spray cans upside down as the nozzles are less likely to clog.
GLIDES AND END CAPS
Glides (often referred to as "nylon feet") are sometimes lost or become worn with use, and should be replaced when lost or worn for stability and safety. Replacement glides and end caps are available from your local Tropitone Dealer or Representative.
Certain nylon glides and end caps are available in various colors depending upon the frame color. When ordering replacement glides and end caps, please specify frame color. Replacement parts for older models may only be available in limited colors.
RIVETED NYLON GLIDES
Nylon glides that are riveted to the tubing can be replaced by drilling out the existing rivet and installing a new glide with a new pop rivet. A pop rivet tool or kit is available at most hardware stores.
RIVETED CUPS WITH NYLON CAPS
Your local Tropitone Dealer or Representative can supply either the replacement glides or a complete kit with cup, screw and nylon cap.
WELDED CUPS WITH NYLON CAPS
If the aluminum cup is worn or broken off, it can be replaced by drilling a pilot hole and using a self-tapping screw to hold the aluminum cup in place. A nylon cap snaps easily over this aluminum cup.
For Cast Aluminum Outdoor Furniture Products - All dining table legs and many other table legs have leveling glides which can be adjusted so the table will sit level. On other table and seating pieces, check that the glides (nylon feet) are properly seated and not worn. Replacement glides are available through your local Tropitone Dealer or Representative.
If a chair or small table sits unevenly on the floor, determine if the floor is flat by switching it with another piece in a different area. If the wobble moves with the piece, determine the "long" leg. Begin adjustment by placing a small block of wood on the floor under the long leg. Now, lift the chair and firmly bring it down so that long leg contacts the wood. This should adjust the longer leg. If there is serious unevenness that cannot be corrected, contact your local Tropitone Dealer or Representative.
LUBRICATION OF SWIVELS, WHEELS AND HINGES
Periodic lubrication with a silicon lubricant spray of all moving parts is recommended to extend the product life and minimize squeaks or noises. FOLLOW THE MANUFACTURER’S INSTRUCTIONS for use.
STACKING AND NESTING
Tropitone recommends that when moving or storing any stacking aluminum outdoor patio furniture it is stacked no more than the specific recommended stack heights for safety and to reduce the potential from rubbing, wear or marring of the frame finishes. Nesting furniture comes forward as it is stacked, therefore maximum nest height is especially critical as the stack could slide if the limit is exceeded. Contact your local Tropitone Dealer or Representative for stack quantity. Safety Warning! Do NOT sit on any furniture that is already stacked.
Installing a new tire on chaise lounges or serving carts may be easier after soaking the tire in hot water for several minutes. Use tongs to remove it from the hot water and be sure to protect your hands with gloves when handling. Simply pull the old tire off and push the new tire on. Contact your local Tropitone Dealer or Representative for a replacement part.
Tropitone Furniture is intended to be used outdoors. In milder climates, the patio furniture can be left outdoors year-round. Each piece has drain holes built into the frame to minimize water build up. Caution: Do NOT store frames upside down. If you live in an area that experiences freezing conditions, store your clean and dry Tropitone outdoor furniture right side up in a dry, protected place. Water can collect and/or condense inside the frame tubing - if exposed to freezing temperatures, this water could freeze causing the frame tubing to crack or burst. This damage is NOT covered under your warranty.