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10 Reasons to Choose Seaside Casual Furniture

10 Reasons to Choose Seaside Casual Furniture

 
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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.

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Envirowood

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 CASUAL FURNITURE

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.

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Cleaning Your Upholstery

CLEAN SUNBRELLA UPHOLSTERY

One of the best ways to keep Sunbrella fabrics looking good is to brush off dirt before it becomes embedded in the fabrics and wipe up spills or clean soon after a stain occurs. The quicker you clean spills and stains, the easier they can be to remove.

Try this first… With a new spill or stain on your Sunbrella fabric.

  • Blot (don’t rub) liquid spills with a clean, dry cloth. For oil-based spills, apply an absorbent such as corn starch, then remove with a straight edge.
  • Spray on a mild cleaning solution of soap (such as Dawn or Woolite) and water.
  • Rinse the fabric thoroughly to remove all soap residue.
  • Air dry.

Try this next… If your first try doesn’t get the stain completely out.

Though Sunbrella fabrics can be used both outdoors and in, your cleaning methods should differ slightly indoors and out because of the fabrication and manufacturing of the furniture. We recommend using the appropriate cleaning instructions for your application.

Indoor Upholstery

  • Apply a light mist of mild soap and water using a spray bottle.
  • Work the solution into the stain by lightly agitating the entire surface area of the fabric, moving from seam to seam, with a sponge or very soft bristle brush. Avoid scrubbing, and do not use a hard bristled brush or anything that will abrade the fabric.
  • Rinse the entire fabric thoroughly to remove all soap residue.
  • Blot excess moisture with a clean, soft towel or sponge.
  • Blot or wet-vacuum excess water from the entire surface area of the fabric, moving from seam to seam.
  • Air dry. Repeat rinsing and blotting until all soap residue is removed.

Professional Cleaners

Inquire about a firm’s experience working with Sunbrella fabrics and knowledge of cleaning and re-treatment requirements.

Machine Washing

Some removable casings can be washed in the washing machine, however consult the furniture manufacturer before removing the casing as cushion construction may vary. To wash, first close all zippers. Machine wash in cold water on the delicate cycle with normal amounts of mild laundry detergent. Allow fabric to air dry.

Seam-To-Seam Cleaning

When cleaning upholstered pieces, clean the entire surface area of the fabric, from seam to seam, instead of rubbing the fabric in a circular motion on the stain. This method, along with an extractor, may be required in order to avoid water rings and stains.

Oil-Based Stains

Immediately apply an absorbent such as corn starch directly on the oil-based stain. Let sit for 10 minutes and remove the excess using a straight edge or ruler. This helps remove the stain and prevents it from being pressed into the fabric. Then proceed with the cleaning process.

For other stains, products such as Dawn, Resolve or 303 Spot Cleaner are applicable. For specific information on stain cleaning see Sunbrella’s Stain Chart.

Outdoor Upholstery

Cleaning Removable Fabric

Hand Washing

Soak fabric in a solution of one fourth cup mild soap per gallon of lukewarm water. Use a sponge or very soft bristle brush to lightly agitate the stain. Then rinse thoroughly to remove all soap residue, and allow fabric to air dry.

Machine washing

Some removable casings can be washed in the washing machine, however consult the furniture manufacturer before removing the casing as cushion construction may vary. To wash, first close all zippers. Machine wash in cold water on the delicate cycle with normal amounts of mild laundry detergent. For severe mold or mildew, add 1 cup of bleach. Allow fabric to air dry.

Cleaning Non-Removable Fabric

Prepare a solution of one fourth cup mild soap per gallon of lukewarm water. Use a soft bristle brush to clean, allowing the cleaning solution to soak into the fabric. Rinse thoroughly to remove all soap residue and allow fabric to air dry.

Mold and mildew stains

Sunbrella fabrics do not promote mildew growth, however, mildew may grow on dirt and other foreign substances if not removed from the fabric. To remove mold or mildew:

  • Prepare a solution of 1 cup of bleach and one fourth cup mild soap per gallon of water.
  • Spray on entire area and allow to soak into the fabric for 15 minutes.
  • Clean entire surface area with a sponge, clean towel or very soft bristle brush.
  • Rinse thoroughly to remove all soap residue.
  • Air dry.

For severe mold/mildew growth, bleach quantities may be increased.

It is best to clean the entire surface area of the fabric to avoid water rings and stains.

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Eco-Friendly Furniture in Raleigh

Eco-Friendly Furniture & Bar Stools in Raleigh

Eco-Friendly Bar Stools

What is eco-friendly furniture?

We believe that eco-friendly furniture and bar stools should consider the environmental impact throughout the supply chain of all the materials. Not only should the bar stools materials used to create green furniture be free of toxins when it reaches the consumer, but it should also be safe for the people and the planet throughout the manufacturing process. Furniture and bar stools that are created with the environment in mind also considers factors like carbon-footprint, sustainability of materials and processes, conservation of resources like water, contributions to air, water and land and much more.

So, what is eco-friendly furniture and bar stools made from? Here are five excellent reasons for you to invest in buying green furniture and bar stools for your home:

1. Green sofas don’t harm your health

Whether someone in your family has multiple chemical sensitivities or you simply want to fill your space with organic furniture that is healthy for your family, it is important to understand the health impacts of conventional furniture..

Choose a green sofa made from FSC-certified hardwoods

CHOOSE A GREEN SOFA MADE FROM FSC-CERTIFIED HARDWOODS

First, consider the frame inside the sofa. Most conventional manufacturers use plywood to create the frame that provides the structure for a sofa or chair. Composite wood products like plywood contain formaldehyde, a known carcinogen. According to the EPA, formaldehyde exposure can have a negative effect on health, both in the short and long term. Formaldehyde can cause irritation of the skin, eyes, nose, and throat. High levels of exposure may cause some types of cancers.

Everyone wants to keep their new sofa stain-free for as long as possible. What is not common knowledge, however, is that the waterproof, stain-proof, wrinkle-proof and anti-microbe fabric finishes used by furniture manufacturers present long-term health concerns through the addition of toxic Perfluorocarbons (PFC’s). Perfluorocarbons are a group of human-made chemicals composed of carbon and fluorine only. PFCs have been found to contribute to reduced female fertility and sperm quality, reduced birth weight, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), increased total and non-HDL (bad) cholesterol levels, and changes in thyroid hormone levels.

Volatile organic compounds (VOC) used in furniture paints, varnishes and wax are a source of indoor air pollution that can lead to health impacts. Once these chemicals are in our homes, they are released or “off-gas” into the indoor air we breathe. They may or may not be able to be smelled, and smell is not a good indicator of health risk.  VOCs enter the body through breathing and skin contact. irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat, nausea, fatigue, loss of coordination, dizziness, damage to the liver, kidneys, and central nervous system and cancer according to the US National Library of Medicine.

Because of the prevalence of greenwashing, it is important to ask manufacturers whether they use any of these chemicals in their upholstered furniture. Instead, look for green furniture that has been crafted using kiln-dried FSC-certified hardwoods. By drying wood in a kiln, most of the moisture in the wood is removed, which prevents warping and bowing. Hardwood, with a higher density than softwood, has better fire resistance, and is harder, stronger, and more durable than softwood.

2. Green sofas don’t contain any petrochemicals

In the 1950’s, furniture manufacturers started using polyurethane foam as a cushioning material because of its amazingly low cost: synthetic plastics like polyurethane could be produced at a fraction of the cost of naturally-derived latex.

Today, most furniture manufacturers continue to use petroleum-based polyfoam which is highly flammable and continues to show toxic effects, even post-production, on household air quality. Polyurethane foam is so flammable that it’s often referred to by fire marshals as “solid gasoline.” When the untreated foam is ignited, it burns extremely fast. Ignited polyurethane foam sofas can reach temperatures over 1400 degrees Fahrenheit within minutes.

Worse yet, the process of producing plastics like polyurethane is much more toxic to workers than latex production and has been criticized by the EPA and OSHA for exposing workers to carcinogenic substances. A 2013 article by the New York Times found that workers manufacturing polyurethane pillows in the US were suffering from severe nerve damage thanks to glues that had been used– nerve damage that led workers to lose feeling in their limbs, leaving them unable to walk.

Choose organic GOTS-certified Dunlop Latex

CHOOSE ORGANIC LATEX

Many manufacturers claim to use soy-based foam in their “green sofas”. However, polyurethane still makes up more than 50% of this product. In some soy foams, soy actually makes up less than 5% of the cushion. Buying soy foam doesn’t address the concerns of flammability, because all that polyfoam will still light up.

Authentically green sofas are manufactured using latex, with no fillers or fire-retardant treatments, to make seat cushions, armrests, and backs cushions. Organic latex is non-toxic, recyclable, biodegradable, incredibly comfortable and safe for any space.

3.  Green sofas are naturally flame retardant

To offset the risks associated with highly flammable petrochemical foam, furniture manufacturers may coat seat cushions with chemical flame retardants, According to Green Science Policy, flame retardant chemicals are associated with a variety of serious health concerns, including disruption of hormones, developmental and reproductive problems. These chemicals do not stay in products- they are found in the blood, fat and breast milk of nearly all people tested, as well being ubiquitous in wildlife and the environment worldwide.

Organic wool is naturally flame RESISTANT

ORGANIC WOOL IS NATURALLY FLAME RESISTANT

Green sofas that are wrapped in wool like Oeko-Tex® certified French biowool, are naturally flame resistant. Wool offers a natural alternative to chemical flame retardants. According to the International Wool Textile Association, because of the way the wool fiber is structured, wool requires more oxygen than is available in the air to become flammable. Of the commonly used textile fibers (cotton, rayon, polyester, acrylic and nylon), wool is widely recognized as the most flame resistant.

4. Certified non-toxic fabrics don’t harm people or the planet

Clearly, the fabric is the most visible part of a green sofa. It also can be a source of unintended impacts to the people who produce it as well as those who experience it on a piece of furniture. That’s why it is critical to ensure that your green sofa is encased in fabric that carries one of two certifications:  GOTS (Global Organic Textiles Standard) or Oeko-tex Standard 100. Both guarantee that the fabric in your home is entirely non-toxic and completely safe. The difference between the two is simple: GOTS certifies every step of the production process, and an Oeko-tex certification guarantees the safety of the post-production material.

Ensure your sofa is green by choosing third-party certified fabrics

ENSURE YOUR SOFA IS GREEN BY CHOOSING THIRD-PARTY CERTIFIED FABRICS

If you care about the environmental impacts of your sofa during its production, you should insist on fabric that is GOTs-certified.  During the production process, the process of soaking fabric in chemicals and then rinsing in water is repeated over and over.  Most of the water used during fabric production is not cleaned or treated before it leaves a factory, entering directly into local water systems like groundwater. GOTS ensures that local communities aren’t devastated by water pollution.  It also ensures that workers are not being exposed to dangerous working conditions and unlivable wages.

5.  Your green sofa can last a lifetime

Because eco-friendly furniture is made using only natural materials rather than composites, they outlast most commercially manufactured sofas.  This is becoming increasingly important for many furniture buyers who are rejecting the idea of using up the things they buy and then simply throwing them away. By investing in products that are built to last from both a materials and manufacturing perspective, today’s conscious furniture buyers are further protecting the environment by keeping large products out of landfills.

And when it is time to retire a sofa made from natural materials, owners are reassured to know that their piece is biodegradable.

Invest in quality

It should come as no surprise that it costs more to produce eco-friendly furniture. Organic, natural and 3rd party-certified materials tend to be more expensive than man-made, chemically treated materials. However, this is an investment worth making, for your home, for the environment and for the people who are impacted throughout the production process.

We welcome you to work with us to create a beautiful, luxurious organic sofa, sectional, chair, headboard – or whatever your dream up – for your green home.

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Tips For Taking Care Of Wood Furniture

Should you dust, clean, or wax your wood furniture? Read these suggestions followed by some tips from the experts.

Are you confused about dusting vs. cleaning, or waxing vs. polishing wood furniture?

While experts have varying opinions on the care of wood furniture, it usually depends on the finish of the piece.

Tip #1: Always ask for specific care and cleaning guidelines when purchasing new or old furnishings.P

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Dusting

Don’t avoid dusting furniture. Frequent dusting removes airborne deposits that build up in a filmy layer and can scratch the surface.

Clean, dry, soft cloths or feather dusters will effectively remove dust; however, to avoid scattering the dust into the air, where it floats until landing back on furniture surfaces, dampen the cloth very slightly.

Never use all-purpose cleaning sprays unless your furniture has a plastic coating, such as the kind used on kitchen tables and children’s furniture.

You’ll usually want to avoid cleaning wood with water. However, sticky spots may need to be treated with soap and water.

Here’s how: dip the cloth in mild soap or detergent dissolved in water, wring the cloth nearly dry, and wipe the area. Rinse and immediately dry with a clean, soft cloth.

Oil polishes, cleaners, and furniture oils protect wood by making the surface more slippery; they do not offer a hard protective layer.

Products that contain a high percentage of oil make the surface smear, showing fingerprints. Avoid polishing with pure olive oil, which smears and attracts dust.

Most commercial spray and liquid furniture polishes contain silicone oil, which provides some protection. If you have used sprays and polishes in the past or suspect that furniture has been polished with them, be aware that residues can interfere with refinishing and may need professional attention.

Homemade recipe for cleaning wood: Some experts recommend reviving grimy wood furniture with a mixture of equal parts olive oil, denatured alcohol, gum turpentine, and strained lemon juice. Apply with a soft cloth and buff with a clean cloth.

Typically during manufacture, varnish, polyurethane, or shellac is applied to wood to protect the surface. Applying wax or polish protects the manufacturer’s finish and helps to reduce surface scratches.

Wax provides a hard finish and long-lasting protection, doesn’t smear, and is more durable than sprays or polishes.

Use paste wax or liquid wax made specifically for furniture. Depending on use, paste wax finishes may last as long as two years. Liquid wax is easier to apply but leaves a thinner coating; it may need to be applied more frequently than paste wax.

Learn how to properly apply waxes to eliminate streaks or a cloudy appearance. Always apply wax in light coats, rubbing into the surface with the grain. Allow to dry and buff to a clear shine with a soft cloth.

Tips for Applying Paste Wax to Barstools & Dinettes

Rub in a circular motion, one small area at a time, until the waxing is complete. When the surface dulls, wipe off the excess wax. Use a clean, soft cotton cloth and turn it frequently. Repeat waxing and wiping until the entire piece is waxed. If you notice a streak, keep wiping to remove excess wax. Polish the wood, with a soft cloth or lamb’s-wool pad attached to an electric drill or power buffer. If the wax smears, wipe with a soft cloth and continue buffing.For a deep shine, apply a second coat of wax in the same manner; to maintain waxed furniture, dust with a lamb’s-wool duster.

 Never use liquid or aerosol furniture polishes because they can dissolve the wax and leave a hazy film.

For fine furniture or treasured family heirlooms, use this three-step cleaning and care routine.

1. Clean approximately every year with a commercial cleaning product (such as Formby’s Deep Cleaning Build-Up Remover) using #0000 steel wool. Work with the grain and follow product directions carefully.

2. Restore as needed, especially from sun fading, using a commercial finish restoring product such as Howard Restor-A-Finish. Choose a shade closest to the wood stain and apply with #0000 steel wool to a small section at a time. Work with the grain of the wood and use light to moderate pressure. Immediately wipe with a soft, lint-free cloth, such as cheesecloth.

3. Feed as a monthly routine using an orange oil or wax (try Feed-N-Wax beeswax) to prevent drying and cracking.

Okay, so you’ve found that perfect piece at a garage or tag sale! Now, how can you bring out its best?

Deep Cleaning Barstools & Dinettes

As a first step to removing layers of grime, use an oil soap and water. Rinse and dry well. If the finish still seems dirty, clean lightly with #0000 steel wool dipped in a cleaning product. Some products with a milky appearance are formulated to dissolve both solvent-based and oil-based residues. Do not use mixtures containing boiled linseed oil, turpentine, or white vinegars. Museum conservators say these things darken wood and attract dust and lint. Instead, apply clear paste wax.

Polishing Hardware for Barstools & Dinettes

Remove hardware from the furniture piece. Clean with a metal or brass cleaner and buff. Reattach when completely dry.

Scratching the Surface on Barstools & Dinettes

If the top of wood furniture is slightly scratched, apply paste wax or use a felt-tip touch-up pen.

To treat deeper scratches that gouge into the wood, use wood filler or a colored filler wax stick available at hardware and home improvement stores. Match as closely as possible to the color of your piece, applying in several thin layers rather than in one thick layer.