With the right care your outdoor furniture will give you many years of enjoyment.
Follow the guidelines below and your furniture should look great for years.
ALL WEATHER WICKER AND ALUMINIUM
Regular washing with a non-abrasive, mild soap and water will remove dirt, body oils, chemicals and other substances. Rinse thoroughly and allow to air dry.
CHAISE LOUNGE / SUN LOUNGER BACK RESTS
Chaise Lounge and Sun Lounger back rests must never be adjusted while seated. Safely adjust the backrest while standing beside the lounge. Serious bodily injury may result from adjusting the backrest while seated. Wicker/textiline or frame damage resulting from adjusting the backrest while seated is not covered by the Limited Warranty.
While resistant to fading and moisture damage, for best results, keep cushions away from extended exposure to moisture and direct sunlight. Should cushions get wet, always allow to fully air dry before storage. Light stains / spots can be treated with a mild, non-abrasive household fabric cleaner. For heavy soiling we recommend you consult a professional fabric cleaner.
Composite wood is a great outdoor product due to its longevity. When cleaning use a very mild soapy solution to wipe down wooden surfaces. For fine surface scratches use a very fine emery board (or similar) to sand gently with the grain.
Never move or store furniture that is stacked higher than the recommended stack heights. Failure to abide by the stack limits may result in scratching, rubbing, wearing and / or breakage of the frame and / or wicker. This is not covered by Limited Warranty.
Stainless steel furniture is not totally impervious to corrosion and should be regularly cleaned. Infrequent cleaning can lead to small brown spots appearing on the surface of the steel. These brown ‘spots’ appearing on the surface may be caused by air-borne pollutants or salt in areas closer to the coast. These discolourations however, are purely superficial discolourations that require cleaning to restore the stainless steel to its original appearance. For light cleaning (like fingerprint stains and little smudges), try a window cleaner. For stronger stains, you can also use vinegar and buffing spots gently with a microfiber cloth. For heavy duty cleaning, use a commercial stainless steel cleaner. Follow the instructions on the product to maintain your stainless steel. Maintenance cleaning should be done at least once every two (2) months. NEVER USE ABRASIVE CLEANERS. MAJOR SCRATCHES ARE REMOVED WITH A SCOTCHBRITE PAD AND WD40 SPRAY GOING WITH THE GRAIN OF THE STAINLESS STEEL ONLY. To maintain your stainless steel furniture, use furniture polish of the ‘orange oil kind’ and rub a light coat of the orange oil onto the surface after it has been cleaned to prevent future smudging and rusting.
Teak outdoor furniture is a great investment that you can enjoy for many years to come. While teak is a very low maintenance wood, there are some things you should know about caring for your furniture. It also helps to know what NOT to do!
Teakwood is one of the most durable and stable hardwoods in the world. However, not all teak is alike. If you are investing in new teak furniture, we suggest you buy the furniture of reputable manufacturers who are environmentally responsible, and use high grade teak harvested only from carefully controlled plantations. Stick to furniture that is made using traditional construction techniques – doweled mortise and tenon joints, with dowels made of teak — and using good quality brass fittings. Inexpensive teak furniture is frequently made of lower grade wood (sadly, often illegally harvested) and constructed using pine dowels, which don’t hold up well over time. All teak furniture sold at Outdoor Republic is high quality.
Oiling teak – don’t!
You don’t have to use preservatives or treatments of any kind to ensure the longevity of your outdoor teak. Oiling teak is only recommended if you are planning on using the furniture indoors. Outdoor teak furniture should not be oiled, as it will not prolong the life of the wood, but will, unfortunately, tie you into an arduous maintenance routine. Oiled teak is more likely to mildew and will be subject to irregular colouring as it weathers. New teak furniture often appears smooth and “polished” – this comes from the oil which occurs naturally in the wood. The oil on the surface of your teak will evaporate over time once the furniture is outdoors (hence the “greying”); it is the oil that remains below the surface that gives the wood its strength and durability. This is why good quality teak can be left outside all year long.
The greying of teak
When left outdoors teak furniture will naturally weather to a silver grey colour. You will begin to notice the “greying” after a few months, depending on the amount of sun and rain to which your furniture is exposed. Total weathering usually takes about 6-8 months. During the weathering process a slight “checking” or roughening of the grain may occur in spots. You may even notice a few small cracks. Checking is not a structural defect, but a perfectly natural process, as the wood expands and contracts, adjusting to the elements. Water spots or other discolouration may also occur during the weathering process. These will eventually even out, and the furniture will take on a uniform silver-grey colour.
What if I don’t like the grey look and want to keep the honey colour?
The “greying” of teakwood is simply the sign that the oil on the surface of the wood is evaporating. As such, your furniture can be restored to its original honey colour by cleaning with mild soapy water and a soft bristle scrub brush. Teak cleaners are also very effective and require no heavy scrubbing or polishing. A Teak sealer can then be applied after cleaning, which will help to maintain the honey colour of your teak. Contact us for more information about these products. Teak sealer needs to be reapplied about once a year, and should not be applied to new teak. Teak should always be clean when the sealer is applied. We also recommend you apply the sealer in a thin layer (less is more!).
What else can I do to protect and care for my teak?
Periodic cleaning of your teak furniture is always a good thing, as it will help to maintain the general appearance, and prevent dirt from building up. Hosing down your teak will do the trick, but we don’t recommend a high pressure washer. Clean using a mild solution of warm water and a little detergent (you can even add a few tablespoons of bleach). Then rinse with fresh water. Some people prefer to cover their furniture when they are not using it for long periods of time, which will help keep it clean and protected (especially in areas with a lot of tree sap or dust), but is not essential. If you do choose to use protective covers, it is very important that you use only “breathable” covers that don’t trap the humidity, but allow constant ventilation. Do not use single layer plastic or vinyl tarps – they do not breathe and will do more harm than good! We highly recommend Polytuf’s covers, they are heavy duty vinyl with a breathing polyester netting backing, which are available in many different sizes for all different kinds of outdoor furniture (not just teak). Contact us for more information.
Scratches and stubborn stains
Teak is a very forgiving hardwood, and scratches, scrapes and stubborn stains (like oil and red wine) can usually be removed using a light to medium grade sandpaper. New products, like Teak Shield from Kingsley Bate can be very useful for teak dining tables, as they help repel food and other stains, without the disadvantages of teak oil, which tends to trap humidity in the wood.
Textiline is a mesh fabric woven of strong polyester yarns that are individually coated with PVC, specifically designed for outdoor use. Textiline is the best choice for sling furniture because it is elegant, strong and very durable to outdoor exposure.
To clean, follow these simple steps:
• Brush off loose dirt
• Hose down
• Prepare a cleaning mixture of water and mild, natural soap (no detergents)
• Use a soft bristle brush to clean
• Allow soap to soak in
• Rinse thoroughly
• Air dry.
If stubborn stains persist, you can use a diluted chlorine bleach/soap mixture for spot cleaning of mildew, roof run-off and other similar stains.
Prepare a special cleaning mixture:
1/2 cup of chlorine bleach
1/4 cup of natural soap (no detergents)
3.8 litres of water
• Clean with soft bristle brush
• Allow mixture to soak for up to 20 minutes
• Rinse thoroughly
• Air dry.
• Repeat if necessary
One of the best ways to keep Textilene fabrics looking good and to delay the need for deep or vigorous cleanings is to hose the fabric off on a monthly basis with clear water. This practice will help eliminate the need for more frequent vigorous cleanings. In most environments, a thorough cleaning will be needed every two to three years. These fabrics can be cleaned while still on a frame or they can be removed for cleaning.
All purchases from Outdoor Republic are covered by warranty.