Everywhere you go you’re bound to find a sling patio chair or two in someone’s backyard. Not only are these sling chairs very durable, they’re easy to maintain and are quite affordable. Plus they have the added benefit of being both water and weather resistant. Depending on the type of material and exposure to the elements, slings can last three to seven years. We at American Slings will give you a few basics as to when to replace and how to take care of your slings.
A lot of people ask: “when is it generally prudent to replace old slings?”
We generally recommend that you change them as soon as you see signs of wearing. If the fabric is already torn because of too much use then we definitely recommend that you purchase new slings. Also fading, sagging and broken fibers are signs that your sling might not hold on for very long. If you have a set of sling patio chairs we recommend you change the slings at the same time. If one chair gives in, it won’t be long before the others will too. You can save yourself time and money by having the slings changed at the same time instead of waiting for them to break individually.
There is a multitude of materials now available for furniture slings. However, we recommend that you get slings that have been infused with UV ray inhibitors as they are more resistant to sunlight. Also you might want to get slings with sturdy and heavy duty fibers. They may cost more but they’ll last longer. For the procedure on how to replace your slings kindly see our step-by-step instructions on our website.
If the tear was accidentally made and the fabric is still relatively new, assess the damage first before deciding to replace a sling. You may need to look at new slings if the tear is 3 inches or more. But for smaller tears you can patch it up. First is to get a sturdy fabric and cut two rectangular patches that are four inches longer and four inches wider than the tear. Remove the sling from the frame and put one patch at the bottom of the tear and another at the top. Sew together with a heavy-duty thread. We recommend that you do a zigzag stitch.
To prolong the life of your slings, keep them in the shady portions of your yard and use a gentle soap and water mixture when cleaning them.
Also, if they’re not in use store them in a place where the natural elements won’t weaken their fibers. In addition, regular cleaning of your sling chairs will make them last longer. Give your slings a regular hosing and cleaning with a mild detergent solution. Don’t use bleach or chlorine as these can weaken the fabric’s fiber.
If you are searching for new slings for your patio furniture, feel free to browse through our collection of fabrics here at American Slings. We have a variety of colors and materials that will certainly suit your needs.
We guarantee that all our slings are high quality and will give you years of service. Remember, for your patio furniture choose only American Slings.