Teak is a natural product which can vary in colour from light to dark brown. When left outdoors any colour variations will gradually even out. Leaving your furniture to weather naturally means that it will gradually develop a silver-grey patina and will blend beautifully into its surroundings. One of the attractions of teak outdoor furniture is that there is very little maintenance required. We suggest washing the furniture annually, preferably in the spring, using soapy water to remove any build up of dirt. Hose pipes, at normal water pressure, can be used but please avoid high pressure water as this could affect joints and open up the structure of the wood.
Teak is a natural material and surface cracks can appear in the wood, particularly on heavier components and the end grain. This is perfectly natural and will not affect the strength or durability of the furniture. These cracks are due to changes in the moisture content of the wood and will fluctuate with the seasonal variations in relative humidity and ambient temperature levels.
Yes, the properties of teak enable it to withstand the most inclement of weather - hence its use as decking on ships. However, it will get dirtier than furniture enjoyed during the spring and summer only. For storage we recommend an outhouse, garage or garden shed. However, please ensure that there is not a dramatic change in the heat and humidity of the environment (such as central heating or in a greenhouse) as this can cause your furniture to crack.
We recommend that chairs and tables with moving parts be over-wintered in a shed or garage. Should this not be possible, we suggest covering them during the winter months.
Fixed tables, chairs and benches can be left uncovered throughout the winter to weather naturally. If desired they can be covered in order to slow down the weathering process. When using covers it is important to choose a fabric that is breathable and will allow air to circulate beneath it. Lack of air circulation can lead to a build up of condensation between the cover and the surface of the wood. This may cause mildew or other fungal blooms to develop.
We recommend that all moving parts are checked for tightness at regular intervals. The process of folding and unfolding chairs for example can, over a period of time, loosen fittings. Please note that brassware will patinate/tarnish in the open air.
WILL TEAK MAINTAIN ITS COLOUR?
Left untreated and exposed to the elements, teak will weather to a beautiful silver grey patina and darken slightly if kept indoors. Should you wish to maintain its colour, we would recommend applying our teak protector, which will help your teak furniture maintain its colour for a much longer period.
We do not recommend using teak oil since considerable care is needed to correctly apply the oil. Please note it is likely that the incorrect application of teak oil could result in the furniture becoming black in appearance. This is not due to any defect in the furniture but as a result of teak oil having nutrient value resulting in mildew/dirt bonding to the teak oil causing discolouration.
Where required, all of our furniture is constructed in the time-honoured fashion of tight fitting mortise and tenon joints with teak dowels. This ensures robust, wobble-free furniture equally at home in your garden, or the high traffic areas of luxury hotels. Ours is the specifier's choice!
Our teak is sourced from the sustainable plantations of Perum Perhutani, on the island of Java. These plantations are owned and managed by the government who have a strict policy with regard to the age, size and number of trees felled each year, together with a comprehensive sustainable replanting program.
Teak, Tectona grandis, is a dense, close-grained hardwood high in natural oils and rubber. These characteristics give teak strength and durability, making it virtually impervious to the effects of rain, salt, sun or snow and hence very resistant to rotting.
Please note: If furniture has been treated / painted, we will repair rather than replace any damage.