Fabric:The fabric does not promote mildew growth, however, mildew may grow on dirt and other foreign substances that are not removed from the fabric. Therefore regular cleaning is important to keep your fabric looking good. This is more likely to occur in humid climates and/or when the swing is hung outside under cover and is not naturally cleaned by the rain and sun.
When used in permanent outdoor situations the canvas should be brushed and hosed regularly to remove dust, bird droppings, etc. and other solid particles.
Water borne stains such as coffee, tea, red wines, etc. should be treated first by rinsing in cold water. If this is not sufficient, the canvas may be washed with a mild solution of soap (not detergent) in lukewarm water (max 38C, 100F) and rinsed thoroughly.
Stubborn soiling may require treatment with a non-chlorine bleach.
Wood: All timber goes naturally grey when exposed to the weather. If you wish to slow down the process of the timber going grey, oil often with any non toxic outdoor oil. Oil and wood are both organic matter. If dirt or other organic substances such as food, pollen or saliva are left on the wood it may go mouldy and the mould could enter the wood. This is more likely to occur in humid climates and/or when the swing is hung outside under cover and is not naturally cleaned by the rain and sun. Wipe down the bars regularly and especially when it has had dirty or sticky hands on it or been sucked on.
There are products on the market that will restore wood that has gone grey to its original colour if you want to.
The carbine clips make it very easy to move your swing so if you want to keep it looking it’s best, simply store inside after each use.