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Scandinavian lounge chair in black fiberglass

Plastics such as ABS, Polyethylene (PE), Polycarbonate (PC), Polypropylene (PP), and Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) are commonly used materials for furniture.

Improvements in plastics technology in the 60s gave rise to a boom in the use of plastics as a material for furniture and has been a very popular material since. It has become nearly impossible to imagine a world in which plastic is not a part of our daily lives as it is a material that is widely favored for its versatility and many advantageous uses.

Unfortunately, single-use plastics undeniably have a significant impact on the environment. However, when plastic is utilized in the production of high-quality furniture, even if it is not made from recycled materials, the impact is considerably reduced. This is because well-maintained plastic furniture has a longer lifespan compared to furniture made from other materials.

By opting for durable furniture, we can avoid the cycle of constantly purchasing cheap, "fast furniture", which ultimately leads to more waste. Instead, investing in long-lasting plastic furniture encourages responsible consumption, as it reduces the frequency of furniture disposal and promotes extended usage. By choosing durable options, you can contribute to a more sustainable approach to furnishing your space.

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  • For regular cleaning, use dishwashing detergent mixed with water. Using a sponge or wet cloth, wipe down. Rinse with clean water, and dry with a soft cloth.
  • For tougher dirt and stains you can use a solution of ¼ cup of white vinegar diluted in a bucket of lukewarm water (ratio does not matter). Scrub with a soft brush, rinse with clean water, and dry with a soft cloth.
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  • To remove scratches, you can use a non gel toothpaste. Squeeze out onto surface, and using a dry cotton cloth, buff the scratches in a circular motion. Rinse frequently with warm water.
  • Similarly, you can make a baking soda paste by mixing 2 parts baking soda and 1 part water. Use a dry cotton cloth and in a circular motion buff away the scratch. Rinse frequently with warm water.

Determine the depth of your scratches first. If a fingernail or credit card can glide over the scratch without catching, you will likely be able to remove it with toothpaste or baking soda. For anything deeper, we recommended consulting with a professional.

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Best Practices

  • When using plastic furniture outdoors, oxidation may give it a chalky appearance after some time. A plastic rejuvenator will make it look good as new. There are many products available at local hardware stores.
  • You can also use car wax to rejuvenate plastic furniture. First remove any stains, clean and rinse properly.
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  • Do not apply bleach directly onto plastic surfaces, and do not let stand for more than 10 minutes. Depending on the type of plastic, you may be surprised at how bleach can cause fading.
  • Do not use scrub pads or brushes with hard bristles to avoid scratching the surface.
  • Keep away from acetone as it will soften, discolor, and even dissolve the surface.
Please note : While the care and maintenance information provided is sourced from reliable and trusted industry experts, Qubik Furniture cannot be held responsible for any damages that may occur as a result of following our product maintenance guides. We highly recommend exercising caution and test in an inconspicuous area before applying any cleaning or maintenance methods to your furniture.