SUNBRELLA® FABRIC LOUNGE
Westminster work with Sunbrella®, a fabric made of acrylic fibres with pigmentation added prior to extrusion, offering the rich look and feel of cotton. It will not fade or degrade and comes with a 5 year guarantee. Even in the harshest climates, Sunbrella® provides years of care free service guaranteed against the elements. Can be cleaned with water, bleach solution or by careful use of a high pressure washer.
All fabric lounge furniture and cushions are required by UK law to conform to UK Domestic Fire Regulations BS5852 Part 1 & Part 2. A specialized FR treatment is applied to both the quick dry foam filling and the Sunbrella fabric during manufacture. This process means that the furniture/cushions are up to 3 times heavier than non-treated products, which keeps the furniture and cushions stable in windy conditions and additionally ensures the fabric is tauter than a non fire treated cushion which results in fewer fabric wrinkles. Depending on the filling density of your chosen cushion, visible wrinkles vary from cushion to cushion. However these reduce when exposed to rain and sun. Westminster only use superior Sunbrella™ fabric in the manufacture of our fabric products and are exclusive suppliers of the unique Sunbrella™ “In & Out” range of stone, slate, natural, beige, grey & blue Sunbrella™ fabrics with flecked lines applied giving more depth and appeal to the eye.
Sunbrella cushions when new can appear to be firm due to the fire retardant treatment. After use and water permutation the cushions soften. Please Note: Westminster fabrics do not promote mould or mildew growth, however, mould will grow on dirt or dust and other foreign substances if not removed from the fabric. Mould will obtain moisture from the air when the air is very damp. These conditions accelerate mould growth. Mould needs water to grow and decomposes dead organic material. Prepare a solution of 1 cup of bleach and ¼ cup mild soap per 5 litres of water. Spray on entire area and allow to soak into the fabric for 15 minutes. Clean entire surface area with a sponge, clean cloth or very soft bristle brush. Rinse thoroughly to remove all soap residue and let air dry. For severe mould/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. Alternatively careful use of a high pressure washer in collaboration with bleach for stubborn stains. Please note: Westminster cannot be held responsible for mould or mildew growth on cushions as these conditions are out of our control.
As per below images products using dark stitching in particular will bleach to white colour due to UV light. Sunbrella fabric is all the same colour however when viewing from different angles the fleck of the fabric shades can differ from lighter to darker shades which is typical of all fabrics.
QUICK DRY FOAM
Westminster use an advanced, high-performance foam designed specifically for outdoor cushions and furniture. The porous open-cell structure allows water to drain rapidly and fresh air to circulate freely. in typical spring summer days your furniture will be bone dry within 30 mins – 1 hour. PLEASE NOTE: Sunbrella cushions when new can appear to be firm due to the fire retardant treatment. After use and water permutation the cushions will soften. Excessive use can cause foam to give.
All our weave furniture is hand woven using a fine 2.5mm round Viro® fibre, a premium synthetic Polyethylene material. Highly flexible, UV and weather resistant, this fibre is designed to be insensitive to temperature differences. All Westminster resin weave furniture is easy to keep clean and virtually maintenance free. Please note: whilst every effort is made to keep water from entering our cushion boxes, a minimal amount of water will permeate through small openings in the internal Perspex protection layer especially in severe weather conditions. In this case, simply take out any damp cushions and allow to air dry naturally.
We use 304 grade stainless steel in our products. Containing a minimum of 18% chromium and 8% nickel it retains an structure at all temperatures. 304 grade is the most widely used of all stainless steels. Its chemical composition, mechanical properties, weld ability and oxidation resistance provide the best all-round performance. This material can show signs of staining or discolouration over time (commonly referred to as “tea staining”). This is purely cosmetic. We recommend using a stainless steel cleaner which removes the oxidisation and restores the metals natural glossy finish. Cleaning will be necessary more regularly in coastal areas due to salt exposure.
Westminster ceramic effect table tops are made with 5mm tempered glass which ensures maximum strength and durability. The ceramic effect surface is highly resistant to scratches, UV, high and low temperatures. The tables tops are also hygienic and very easy to clean, with almost zero water absorption making them frost and weather proof. Although dirt cannot penetrate the ceramic surface, we do recommended cleaning the surface in order to prevent the build-up of grease and contaminants with warm water and mild detergents. Ceramic effect glass table tops include a treatment to help expel water from the surface, and require retreating once a year with a thin layer of WD40 applied with a dry cloth, which also elevates any blemishes.
Westminster glass is toughened safety glass with a pebble textured finish designed for use outdoors. Only water should be used to clean pebble glass tops. DO NOT use house hold detergents which can react against the pebble finish. Pebble glass will fade over time. When water-soluble salts are carried to the surface by water, which evaporates and leaves a powdery salt deposit on the surface, we called this white staining “efflorescence” which should be allowed to weather away naturally especially on new tops. Any deposit remaining can be removed or reduced by treatment with clean cold water. Since the deposits are water soluble, washing down may result in the solution being partially re-absorbed. This may be minimized by using a clean damp sponge, which should be rinse frequently in clean water. Chemical methods should never be used for the removal of efflorescence. Frosted Glass will eventually fade over time especially the outer edges which are most exposed to the elements. Please contact customer services where we can supply a ceramic top upgrade replacement at a 50% reduction.
Ceramic/glass table tops include a treatment to help expel water from the surface, and require retreating once a year with a thin layer of WD40 applied with a dry cloth, which also elevates any blemishes.
Aluminium is a proven lightweight material which is very strong and therefore ideal for use as outdoor furniture. The aluminium is powder coated to prevent oxidation and ensure years of outdoor use.
One of the endearing qualities of teak is its amazing resistance to the elements. Teak can be left outside untouched and untreated for many years and over time the original colour will weather to a silver-grey. To prolong the original look of your teak furniture Westminster have developed a protector. This is a water-based treatment which is easy to apply and up to four times more effective than teak oils. Westminster protector is a cosmetic application and therefore will not enhance your furniture’s durability or resistance to the elements. Teak can develop black spots, which can be caused by teak oil (which we do not recommend), as well as metal particles commonly found in guttering, scaffolding and railway tracks etc. After a period of time teak can show cracks, especially in the end grains. These are quite natural and do not detract from the timber’s strength or durability.
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), is a non-profit organisation that ensures that forestry is practised in an environmentally responsible and socially beneficial manner. If a product is labelled as “FSC Certified,” it means that the wood used in the product and the manufacturer that made it has met the requirements of the Forest Stewardship Council. The FSC certification is considered the “gold standard” for wood harvested from forests that are responsibly managed, socially beneficial, environmentally conscious, and economically viable. Westminster is proud to offer its teak furniture products constructed solely using FSC certified timber for the benefit of our planet and future generations. FSC teak hardwood is generally younger than its non-certified counterparts and therefore its characteristics can differ with a wider grain and paler colour added to that available in smaller sections therefore some models have laminated segments. This does not detract from strength or durability of the final product which will last outside, untreated, for many years.
Westminster offer a wide selection of parasols to suit all requirements, from smaller centre pole sunshades to heavier duty, multi-position cantilever parasols. Added to this, a new outdoor Pergola. The MOONLIGHT parasols cantilever parasols are manufactured from high performance aluminium. Both parasols have 8 aluminium ribs with discreet, integral LED lighting strips and are available in two sizes: 3.5m round and 4m x 3m rectangular. They can be rotated through 360 degrees by use of a foot pedal and a control handle gives a number of different shading angles. The canopies are manufactured from 100% Spuncrylic polyester and available in charcoal, natural or taupe colours. For further information please see Moonlight parasols in the 2020 collection.
PARASOL DISCLAIMER. Due to the cantilever parasol mechanisms and sliding parts the aluminium will wear in sensitive areas especially where aluminium parts touch each other. We strongly advocate the use of a base stand with all Westminster parasols. Always close parasols when not in use or unattended and do not use in windy conditions.
The unique colour coded concrete standard base stand comes with a stainless steel tube a removable handle and in built heavy duty wheels to allow easy manoeuvring. Will take 38mm, 48mm & 58mm parasol poles. The cantilever parasols can only be used in conjunction with their specific base stands or in ground bases.
ALL WEATHER COVERS
Designed to cover a complete set including table and chairs, Westminster furniture covers are available in various sizes made from polyester PVC coated fabric. Covers are also available for our deep seating ranges. Please note our all weather covers are universal and not tailor made for each individual product.