Frequently Asked Questions About Slings
What is a patio sling?
A patio sling is the actual material that is being stretched by the two rails. Patio slings are made using heavy duty fabrics and materials that are specially made for slinging applications. Only patio slings should be used to replace old slings that are tearing and deteriorating. Some patio furniture is constructed with a sling configuration. While there are a number of different sling configurations, the most common type sling outdoor furniture has two metal or aluminum frame rails on each side of the chair or chaise that stretches a piece of material for you to sit on.
How do I order a new Sling fabric for my furniture?
Go to OutdoorPatioSupplies.com homepage and click on your chair's brand name or on custom chair slings – choose the furniture you want to order your new slings, select a fabric option, inform all the required measurements, continue shopping or checkout.
Why do patio slings need to be replaced?
Aside from common accidents like sitting on your sling furniture with sharp objects in your pockets or children mistaking patio sling furniture for their own personal trampolines, patio slings can become dry and brittle after several years of continuous exposure to the outdoor elements. Between the sun, rain, heat and cold the material that the patio slings are made with will eventually become weak and begin to crack and tear making the sling unsafe to sit on. OutdoorPatioSupplies.com recommends that you replace your patio slings about every 3 years or when they begin to become brittle and dry and begin to tear to avoid any accidents.
How long do patio slings last?
There is no way to tell exactly how long a patio sling will last. If your furniture remains outdoors your slings can last from 2 to 6 years depending on where you live. However, storing your patio furniture indoors while it is not in use or during the winter season can dramatically increase the life of your patio slings. OutdoorPatioSupplies.com recommends replacing slings every 3 to 4 years to avoid accidents as can become dry and brittle and begin to tear after several years of continued exposure to the sun, rain, cold and heat.
How do I install a new replacement patio sling?
Although there are several types of sling furniture configurations, OutdoorPatioSupplies.com has created a general installation guide to help answer some of the questions related to installing new slings on your furniture. Please visit our Sling Installation Instructions for general guidelines on how to install replacement patio slings.
How do I measure my patio furniture for ordering new slings?
OutdoorPatioSupplies.com requires a few measurements from very specific areas of your sling furniture frame. We have created a guide to help you learn how to get the accurate measurements from the correct parts of your patio sling frame. There are several types of sling furniture configurations and OutdoorPatioSupplies.com deals specifically with stretched-material slings. Please visit our Sling Measuring Instructions for guidelines on how to measure your sling frame for a brand new OutdoorPatioSupplies.com replacement sling.
How should I clean my sling furniture?
OutdoorPatioSupplies.com recommends that you rinse your patio slings off with a garden hose every so often to avoid letting dirt embed itself into the material pours. Keeping your patio slings free of dirt and grit will dramatically increase its lifespan. Never use bleach based products on your slings or dip the chairs in your pool to clean them. The chlorine will cause your sling material to fade and dry out prematurely. You should use a mild cleaner/degreaser. Even dish soap will work. Use a soft bristled brush and gently scrub that sling. Rinse thoroughly. OutdoorPatioSupplies.com also offers a really great cleaner called Casual Clean that is specifically made to clean vinyl. You can find this on our website in the parts section.
Where can I see the patterns and colors of your sling material?
OutdoorPatioSupplies.com has created links with all the options for sling fabric. On our homepage click either on your chair's brand name or on custom chair slings
Can I get samples of the sling material?
Yes, samples are available by clicking on "Free Sling Fabric Samples" located on our home page. OutdoorPatioSupplies.com realizes that colors are very difficult to view on your computer monitor. We would prefer to send you free samples if you are not sure about what color to order. Our sample order form makes it easy for everyone. Complete the information and select your samples. (a limit of 3 please) We will get those out to you by US Mail ASAP!
Can I send you a sample of my sling fabric to match?
No, we cannot match sling fabrics for a given manufacturer's product line. Most of the time fabric over a few years old has faded and even the original color often will not match. Manufacturers are constantly revising their color and style offerings and there can be slight difference in color from one year to the next or, more usually, fabrics and vinyl colors are discontinued and subsequently unavailable. Please order samples of slings from OutdoorPatioSupplies.com website. It’s free.
Can I send you my old sling fabric to use as a pattern?
No. We do not want your old sling, it is not an accurate measurement. Please read our instructions in OutdoorPatioSupplies.com on how to measure your sling furniture.
Is the fabric mesh material used for slings a good quality?
OutdoorPatioSupplies.com offers only the best quality outdoor grade mesh material.
Can I order this fabric by the yard?
Yes. All of our custom made sling fabric material is available per yardage. The bolt width is 54". You can order material by the yard on our OutdoorPatioSupplies.com website in the sling section.
Will I get new plastic rods (sling spline) with my new slings?
Yes, we will send you new sling rods for single layer replacement slings made by OutdoorPatioSupplies.com. The new rods will be either 0.22" or 0.25" diameter and a bit longer than the length of your sling. The new rods will be soft and flexible for easy installation.
What if my slings do not fit when I get them?
We want you to be happy and successful with your sling installation. Please email us if the slings do not fit properly. If we made a mistake, we will gladly make new slings without question. If your measurements were wrong we will gladly work with you to adjust the slings if possible. Our goal is to make sure you are happy with our products and service. We won't leave you hanging! We'll find a mutually agreeable solution if there is a problem with your slings.
How long does it take to ship my replacement sling order?
The time it takes to receive your order is a combination of two elements: Processing Time and the Shipping Time. Processing Time is the time it takes us to select and pack your order or custom made order for shipment. The shipping time depends on where you live, and which shipping method you selected at check out. High Season (April to September): Processing Time: about 8 business days. Shipping Time: 2 to 3 business days if standard shipping was selected at check out. Low Season (October to March): Processing Time: about 5 business days. Shipping Time: 2 to 3 business days if standard shipping was selected at check out. A shipment tracking number will be sent to you if you provided a valid email address with your order. In case you need more info on the status of your order, please call us at .954-970-7497 Mon-Fri 8.00 AM - 3.00 PM (EST). If you want to visit our store at a different time, please call and set an appointment.
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