Garden furniture care guide

 

Our wood and metal garden furniture is made from high-quality materials that have been carefully sourced from around the world. Although they’re low-maintenance, we’ve got some tips to help you keep your purchases looking good for years to come.

Wooden furniture

Wooden furniture

It’s perfectly normal for them to develop cracks along the grain after they've been exposed to the sun and rain. Over time, teak, courbaril, roble and cumaru will weather to a beautiful silvery grey colour. As these are natural timbers, variations in colour and markings will occur from piece to piece.

Hardwoods require only an annual scrub with soapy water, followed by a thorough rinse, to remove algae and air pollution. This restores the surface of the timber.

If you prefer the furniture to look less weathered, it’s possible to restore some of the original colour of the timber through a 3-stage process: applying teak cleaner followed by teak brightener, then finishing off with a sealer or teak oil - though we don’t actually recommend this. Teak oil should never be used on roble wood as it can cause spotting.

Tip: Make sure the timber is completely dry when you apply teak oil, otherwise it can blacken the timber.

We recommend you use furniture covers, especially over the winter months. They'll help protect your furniture and prolong its life.

Metal furniture

Metal furniture

If the surface gets damaged and exposes the bare metal underneath, touch up the paintwork either with the paint provided or with car paint in a matching colour.

Cast aluminium

Cast aluminium furniture can’t rust, but if the polyester coating is damaged it could peel. To prevent this, touch up the surface with a matching car or metal paint.

Folding steel chairs

We can't guarantee that steel will not corrode, but the occasional summer shower shouldn’t harm it. Our steel furniture is powder-coated for additional durability against the elements. As with cast aluminium, it is essential you touch up any chips to the surface using a matching car or metal paint to avoid further corrosion.

Garden furniture accessories

Parasols

If parasols get wet, leave them open to dry out. They should always be removed and stored in high winds and throughout winter.

Cushions

Our cushions are covered in a variety of textiles which need to be cared for differently.

Printed cotton covers are soft and comfortable, but can fade if exposed to too much sunlight. All are treated with a soil-resisting coating.

  • Store in a dry place
  • Do not leave out in the rain
  • Sponge clean with upholstery shampoo

Acrylic and olefin (a polypropylene yarn) covers feel like canvas and are strong, do not fade easily and will not rot.

  • Keep under cover when not in use - the covers will not be damaged if they get wet, but the fillings may take a while to dry out
  • Do not store cushions in polythene bags or they may develop mould

Furniture covers

Our  garden furniture covers are made from weather-proof fabric that allows air to circulate. Before fitting the covers, do ensure that the  furniturecushions and parasolsare dry.

Tip: in high winds don't forget to remove parasols and canopies on swing seats when it gets windy, or they may disappear into your neighbour's garden!

Woven furniture

Most of our woven furniture is made from synthetic wicker. It looks like the real thing but it's far more weatherproof. Soft to the touch, man-made wicker is highly supple and tear-resistant. It's also UV- and weather-resistant. It's pretty indifferent to temperature as well. Although it can withstand very cold or very hot conditions, you'll find synthetic wicker becomes stiffer as it gets cold. Conversely, as it gets warm it'll soften and return to its original suppleness.

Being low maintenance, woven furniture's easy to clean: just use a pressure hose on a low setting. There are also non-foaming cleaners around that are specially formulated for woven furniture. You should avoid using a foaming product, however, as the residue tends to get trapped in the weave and hence attract dirt.