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Cleaning Vs Sanitizing Vs Disinfecting

What can I do to prevent the coronavirus disease at home? Remind everyone in your household of the importance of practicing everyday preventive actions that can help prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily (e.g., tables, countertops, light switches, doorknobs, and cabinet handles) using a regular household detergent and water.

Here, we are going to help you properly clean, sanitize and disinfect your quality wood furniture table tops and chairs.

“Cleaning refers to organizing and wiping down surfaces, like countertops, so that they appear neat and spotless.”

“All-purpose cleaners are built to lift and remove visible smudges, spots, stains, and debris from surfaces.” Cleaning products can potentially remove germs from surfaces (along with dirt and other organic material) and wash them away, but the goal of cleaning is about the look and feel.

While cleaners will help make your surfaces look nice and shiny, there are some places at home (like your kitchen counters, faucet handles, chair armrests, and doorknobs) where you want to follow up your cleaning with a sanitizer or a disinfectant. Cleaning by itself won’t kill germs like bacteria, viruses, or fungi.

This coronavirus seems to spread most commonly from person to person via respiratory droplets, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), usually between people who are within about 6 feet (1.8 meters) of each other. Transmission of the virus from contaminated surfaces has not yet been documented, the CDC notes, but current evidence does suggest the virus can remain viable “for hours to days on surfaces made from a variety of materials.”

Sanitizing vs. Disinfecting

The difference between sanitizing and disinfecting comes down to semantics. Both sanitizing and disinfecting aim to reduce the amount of contamination present on a surface by killing germs, but disinfectingby definition—kills more germs than sanitizing. Product manufacturers and agencies like the EPA use the word “sanitizing” to refer to a solution or device that reduces the amount of germs on a surface by 99.9 percent or more—a level that’s considered safe by public health standards. They use the word “disinfecting” for chemical products that are designed to “kill virtually everything” on a surface.

“Sanitizing is necessary for surfaces that come in contact with food.”

You don’t want to skip the step of cleaning before you disinfect, though. Dirt and organic material can make some disinfectants less effective, so cleaning is necessary before disinfecting in most cases. Using “all-in-one” antibacterial cleaners isn’t enough to disinfect unless you first remove visible dirt from the surface (basically, you’d have to clean everything twice).


Acetic acid (a.k.a. white vinegar) can act as a disinfectant that can destroy some bacteria and viruses. … Household natural sanitizers like lemon juice and vinegar reduced the number of pathogens to undetectable levels. Vinegar can inhibit growth of and kill some food-borne pathogenic bacteria.

Vinegar can be used as a safer bleach alternative for some applications, such as cleaning, and research has shown it can be affective against some bacteria and viruses, including the flu. It is also biodegradable. Vinegar is not a registered disinfectant, however, and does not kill dangerous bacteria like staphylococcus.

Soap and water

Regular soap and water clean germs away rather than killing them, but that’s still a key step in reducing infection, the CDC points out. Washing your hands with soap and water is one of the main recommendations for limiting the spread of the novel coronavirus, since it seems to spread primarily from person to person via respiratory droplets, which are often found on our hands and easily transferred to our faces.

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Top 10 2020 Furniture Trends for Dining Furniture

1. Low Back Curves

2020 Outdoor Furniture Trends

2. Cushionless Innovation

2020 outdoor furniture trend

3. Modern Forms

2020 Outdoor Furniture Trends

4. Traditional with a Twist

2020 outdoor furniture trends

5. Mission Deep Seating

Blending an understated design with ultimate comfort

Dine in a reminiscent colonial Spanish style

Poly mission style dining furniture set
Two Mission Deep seating chairs with side tables and an ottoman
Van Buren Poly Furniture - 3 sofa sections joined by 2 corner sections with a coffee table and end tables

6. SeaAira Adirondack Furniture

Designed to make your day, the good way

SeaAira Lounge chairs on the beach with boats in the background.
Outdoor umbrellas on beach

7. Garden Dining Furniture

Simple, pleasing and perfect for backyard BBQ’s

A Garden Table, 2 Garden Benches with Backs, and 2 Garden Benches in a pavilion overlooking a pond with a fountain

8. Picnic Tables

An all-American classic

Poly octagon table with a fall arrangement.

9. Keystone Dining Furniture

Casual outdoor dining

Keystone fire table and chairs on rooftop overlooking city.

10. Porch Rockers

Front porches are for rocking

Two poly porch rockers on a porch with a Zinn's Mill Side Table
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Why You Should Look Under Every Chair

Let’s start by looking at frame built chairs.  


Chairs are the most difficult furniture to make and even harder to make well.

There are three primary reasons frame chairs are uniquely designed and built to last a lifetime.

Eased Mortise &TenonTM 

Notice the matching rounded profile on the corners. This precision-engineered detail provides unsurpassed strength and durability.

Eased Mortise &TenonTM 

Industrial Lag Bolts

We made a conscious decision to use 4″ long industrial-size bolts to secure the corner block to the frame. There is no “weak link” in our chair construction. The bolt on the right is our standard. (On the left is…well, not ours.)
Industrial Lag Bolts

T3 TechnologyTM

Not one, not two, but 3 mortise & Tenon-style joints are used on each corner block. This revolutionary joinery design provides unsurpassed strength and stability in our frame chair construction – even more reliable than metal.

T3 TechnologyTM
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Simply Amish Hospitality


Our Hospitality division continues to expand. We’ve helped clients like Disney and Best Western achieve their goals. We realize time is money, and on important projects with tight deadlines and budgets, we can help you avoid the pratfalls than can befall a team that doesn’t plan well.

We craft in 7 Northern Hardwoods and even Bamboo. From Contemporary to Modern, Bauhaus, Arts & Crafts, Refined Ranch, Mid-Century Modern, Art Deco, Transitional, and more, please afford us the opportunity to contribute to the success of your project. We can modify what we already craft; we can build from your designs, or design product in collaboration with you to make your dreams become a reality.

We’re big enough to help with product development, project management, order fulfillment, quality, service, and logistics, but small enough that when you partner with us, you get individual attention.

With a plethora of incredible designs, custom options are only limited by your imagination. Superior quality construction, and deep burnished finishes, with the latest trends in surface treatments, all will wow your most demanding clients.

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Seaside Warranty and Care Maintenance

Warranty Care & Maintenance of Seaside Casual Furniture.

EnviroWood is made from an extremely high performance polymer that does not require sealing, painting or staining. It will not rot or splinter, and contains UV inhibitors that resist fading. EnviroWood is not affected by most corrosive substances, and will not absorb moisture or promote bacterial growth. To maintain EnviroWood furniture you must simply clean it regularly with soap and water (avoid pressure washing). The stainless steel fasteners used to assemble your furniture are virtually maintenance free under normal conditions. Seaside uses only the highest quality stainless fasteners to assemble furniture; however in coastal areas hardware will require regular washing or rinsing with fresh water to avoid rusting. Avoid using harsh chemicals on EnviroWood furniture. Stainless steel hardware will rust in high salinity environments if not properly maintained as described. 

Seaside Casual EnviroWood® Furniture 20 Year Residential and 5 Year Commercial Limited Warranty

Seaside Casual offers a limited warranty (for normal use) against the structural failure of Envirowood Furniture for upto 20 years for residential use and up to 5 years for commercial use (both warranties are from date of purchase). Wefurther warranty our furniture to be free from manufacturer defects in material and workmanship for up to 1 year fromdate of purchase. Seaside will, at its discretion, repair or replace defective furniture with the same or similar product(if discontinued) at no charge. No cash refunds will be made. Shipping and handling is not covered by this warranty.Envirowood, although extremely durable to the elements, may fade when exposed to direct sunlight and someelements may cause staining of the furniture surface. Fading and staining are excluded from this warranty.This warranty applies to Envirowood Furniture manufactured after January 1, 1999 and applies to the originalpurchaser only. 

Coastline Collection Limited 10 year residential & 5 Year Commercial Limited Warranty.

Seaside Casual offers a limited warranty (for normal use) against the structural failure of EnviroWood Furniture for up to 10 years for residential use and up to 5 years for commercial use (both warranties are from date of purchase) for Coastline Collection products. We further warranty our furniture to be free from manufacturer defects in material and workmanship for up to 1 year from date of purchase. Seaside will, at its discretion, repair or replace defective furniture with the same or similar product (if discontinued) at no charge. No cash refunds will be made. Shipping and handling is not covered by this warranty.EnviroWood, although extremely durable to the elements, may fade when exposed to direct sunlight and some elements may cause staining of the furniture surface. Fading and staining are excluded from this warranty. 

Resin Wicker 3 Year Limited Warranty

Seaside Casual warrants that under normal use and proper care, Resin Wicker products are designed to withstandfading, weathering and aging for 3 (three) years from time of delivery. Color pigmentation can affect the colorconsistency of Resin Wicker products, so there may be slight color variations between production batches whichdoes not fall under warranty consideration. This warranty does not cover the failure of products which in our opinionwas caused by acts of God, accident, neglect, abuse or improper shipping or handling and is void if our care andmaintenance instructions were not properly followed. 

Powder Coated Aluminum Frames 3 Year Limited Warranty

The finish on exposed Powder Coated Aluminum Frames is warranted against peeling, cracking or blistering for aperiod of 3 years from the date of purchase (proof of purchase required). Blistering and oxidation of finishes due todamage caused by scratches, dents, power washing and dings are not covered by this warranty. This warranty doesnot cover the failure of products which in our opinion were caused by acts of God, accident, neglect, abuse orimproper shipping or handling and is void if our care and maintenance instructions were not properly followed.Stainless Steel FastenersStainless steel fasteners are guaranteed not to fail structurally for a period of up to 20 years for residential use and 5years for commercial use (from date of purchase). Stainless steel may rust in certain extreme conditions if notmaintained as outlined under the “Envirowood Care and Maintenance” section. Rusting hardware or structural failuredue to rusting hardware is not covered by this warranty. 

Cushions and Pillows 1 Year Limited Warranty

Cushions are warranted to be free from manufacturing defects for 1 year for residential and commercial use.Compression of cushions is not covered by this warranty. Although our cushions are water resistant they are notwater proof and will absorb water in certain conditions. We advise that you shelter cushions in rainy conditions toavoid extended drying times. This warranty does not cover the failure of products which, in our opinion was causedby acts of God, accident, neglect, abuse or improper shipping or handling and is void if our care and maintenanceinstructions were not properly followed. 

Commercial Liners 1 Year Limited Warranty

Commercial liners are warranted to be free from manufacturing defects for 1 year for residential and commercial use.In no event shall Seaside Casual be liable for any incidental or consequential damages, including but not limited to damage to any plants which may have been planted in the product.

Download Warranty PDF.

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About Trica


Trica was founded in 1988 by the Caron brothers. Its success has been based on quality: quality products, quality service, quality relationships with customers, employees and suppliers. The company is located in St-Jerome (Quebec) Canada.

We believe in our corporate social responsibility: Trica and its employees are proud supporters of the local United Way of Canada.

Designed with passion for today’s urban lifestyle

Designed in-house by Trica head designer Francois Caron, Trica’s designs represent a passionate and innovative take on modern furniture that is perfectly adapted to North American urban living. Strongly influenced by classic European modernism, Trica’s furniture blends today’s cool, clean, urban chic with unmatched durability and function to create furniture that is tailored to fit your life.

Handcrafted in Canada

“Made in Canada” means many things to many people. At Trica Furniture it means designs perfectly adapted to North American needs and proudly manufactured by craftsmen in our factory in St-Jerome. It also means superior quality and value, shorter waits for delivery and a reduced carbon footprint through shorter shipping distances.

Tailored to your life

Working with wood, metal and glass, Trica is able to offer an almost infinite variety of dimensions, fabrics and finishes – allowing you to build the perfect piece of furniture to fit your home and your life.

We use recycled and recyclable steel, aluminium, and plastic

Recycled materials require less processing and fewer resources. Technologies are always improving, meaning that recycled plastics and metals are always going up in quality. Depending on the availability and on the suppliers, the steel, aluminium and plastic used by Trica are made from 10% to 80 % of recycled materials. We also recycle 100% of internally generated steel, aluminium, foam and plastic scraps as well as all cardboard, paper and glass.

Our paint is lead and VOC free

When you buy a piece of furniture, bring it home, and set it down in a room, it doesn’t just sit there. No matter what it’s made of, chances are, it’s off gassing (or releasing substances into the air). Almost everything off gasses, which isn’t necessarily bad, but synthetic materials or those treated with synthetic substances can off gas chemicals which are toxic. Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are the most common family of chemicals that are off gassed and have been linked to birth defects, endocrine disruption, and cancer. Trica’s steel products are protected by a high-temperature baked lead-free powder coating. Zero VOC’s! Furthermore, Trica’s upholstered seat boards and table tops are produced using low formaldehyde particle boards. And we only use water based lacquers and stains on our wood components.

Our products can be disassembled and recycled

Trica products are good eco-friendly furniture and they lend themselves to easy repair, disassembly, and recycling. Our products can be easily taken apart, sorted into their constituent parts, and recycled at the end of their useful lives.

Our furniture is durable and fixable

One of the most important but often overlooked aspects of green products (and this definitely goes for furniture) is durability. If something is tough and/or can be readily repaired, this lessens the chance that it’ll end up in the landfill, and could easily save you money in the long run, even if it’s initially more expensive. Even recyclable materials if they break (and can’t be fixed) require energy and other resources to reprocess and then replace. Durable goods that will last a long time can be passed on from person to person. Even if your style changes and that barstool or chair isn’t your thing anymore, a good strong barstool or chair will always be appealing to someone else, while a broken (and unfixable) one won’t.

Trica recognizes its responsibility as a global citizen and is continually striving to reduce the environmental impact of the work we do and the products we create. How we impact the environment is also important to us, and environmental considerations are an integral part of Trica’s business practices. At Trica, we try to educate employees to make more sustainable choices at work and at home, and we encourage suppliers, vendors and business partners to be environmentally responsible. We believe that environmental protection is a priority for the conservation of precious natural resources and the continued health of our planet.

Built right to last

All Trica furniture is hand-built by skilled craftsmen in our facility just outside of Montreal. We use the highest-quality materials, technologically-advanced manufacturing processes and stringent quality-control testing. Our manufacturing processes are carefully controlled to be as green as possible without affecting quality or durability. We focus on using recycled materials as well as non-toxic paints, coatings and finishes. Trica’s commitment to quality is backed by an industry-leading 10-year limited warranty.


At Trica, we stand behind our products with a 10-year limited warranty. 

The quality of our materials and components and the excellence of our assembly and packing workmanship are reflected in the final product. All of our chairs and stools have been submitted with success to the Quality Control Test of 36 500 cycles simulating a 250 pound person sitting down and standing up 10 times a day, 365 days a year, during 10 years.

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10 Reasons to Choose Seaside Casual Furniture

10 Reasons to Choose Seaside Casual Furniture

  • 1

Made in the USA

We began making furniture at our Rhode Island lumberyard in 1996. It started as a hobby with just one Adirondack chair. With the encouragement of our local community, we began making and selling more chairs. That single design has now grown into a collection of over 50 products.

  • 2


In 1999 we introduced Envirowood – a 100% High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) lumber. Made from recycled plastic bottles and containers, Envirowood is permeated with UV stabilized pigments that are consistent throughout the entire piece. The result is a smoother and more durable finish that prevents chalking and resists fading of the surface.

  • 3

Indoor Comfort

Our lumber is milled and routered to simulate the look and feel often found in traditional wood furniture. Joints are secured using mortise and tenon joinery and edges and corners are milled on precise CNC machinery. In short, we produce our outdoor collection at specifications usually applied to interior furniture.

  • 4

Stainless Fasteners

All stainless steel fasteners are not created equal. Low grade stainless or painted components can easily corrode in harsh coastal environments. We use marine grade stainless steel (316) to ensure superior protection when exposed to the elements.

  • 5

Solid as a Rock

Unlike sheet molded products, our frames are constructed with HDPE lumber components that are designed to withstand temperature and load changes. Structural aluminum is used to reinforce critical frame members in key locations. The result is a product that will not tip, topple, or turn over on your patio, deck, or lawn.

  • 6

Slats and Spaces

Appropriately spaced slats are the difference between support and the feeling of “falling through” the seat or back of your chair. We have this perfected so you feel comforted and secure.

  • 7

It Only Has a Good Side

All of our products are completely finished on all surfaces. This means all backs and seats are slatted and supported so that they look and feel great even when cushions are not in use. Compare our finish to others and you’ll see that our way is the best way.

  • 8

Custom Upholstery

We offer a wide selection of custom fitted cushions made from Sunbrella and Outdura fabrics. These premium fabrics repel water, are stain resistant, and resist fading, even in the brightest of sun so your furniture will look great on day one and day one thousand.

  • 9

Take it for a Test Drive

We test the ergonomics of our products constantly throughout the design phase and
we believe our customers should have the opportunity to do the same when making a purchase. Because of this belief, we forge relationships with retailers who offer brick and mortar showrooms. These relationships ensure the expertise that we expect and the service our customers appreciate.

  • 10

Peace of Mind

Our products are backed with a 20 year warranty that offer the support and commitment of a
family-owned company with over 100 years in the making. We stand by our products with confidence so you know you can enjoy their quality for years to come.

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seaside casuals furniture

Made in the USA

Seaside Casual is a Rhode Island company, employing neighbors from around the region. As part of a family-owned business that spans more than 100 years, we are proud that our furniture is made right here in Rhode Island.

Made in the USA means a lot more to us than just a slogan, it’s a commitment we have to providing our customers with a great product, and a commitment to our employees and the American economy.

Our domestic production enhances our ability to respond to customer needs and special requests, and helps us maintain our reputation for being a respected leader in the design, manufacturing and delivery of outdoor furniture.