Outdoor furniture can last for years if it’s cared for correctly. We’ll take you through how to care for your new investment, so you can enjoy it season after season.
If you want to protect your furniture from inclement weather, especially during the winter months, take a look at our furniture covers to prolong its lifespan.
Tropical hardwoods, such as teak and eucalyptus, are naturally weather resistant due to their high oil content. This makes pieces easy to look after, as you can keep them outside throughout the seasons.
Note that these hardwoods can develop cracks along the grain after they've been exposed to the elements.
Over time, teak will weather to a beautiful silvery grey colour. It's a natural timber so variations in colour and markings will occur from piece to piece.
How to care for it
Give your hardwood furniture a yearly scrub with soapy water, followed by a thorough rinse. This removes algae and pollution to restore the timber's surface, keeping it in good condition.
If you want your teak furniture to look less weathered, restore some of the original colour by applying cleaner, followed by brightener and finished off with oil. Make sure the timber is completely dry when you apply the oil, otherwise it can blacken.
Most of our woven furniture is made from synthetic wicker. It looks like the real thing but has the advantage of being weatherproof. Soft to the touch, man-made wicker is highly supple and both UV and tear resistant.
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.
How to care for it
As it’s low maintenance, woven furniture's easy to clean: just use a pressure hose on a low setting. There are also non-foaming cleaners available that are specially formulated for woven furniture. Note, however, that foam residue does tend to get trapped in the weave and attract dirt.
Wrought iron and steel
Wrought iron and steel furniture is given an anti-rust treatment and finished with a tough coating to ensure it lasts. 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 durability against the elements.
Cast aluminium furniture can’t rust, but if the polyester coating is damaged it could peel.
How to care for it
Caring for metal furniture is generally quite easy, as it has usually been given a hardwearing finishing coat. Gently wash pieces with a sponge and warm, soapy water – don’t scrub with anything abrasive, as this could scratch the finish.
If the surface of your wrought iron, steel or cast aluminium furniture has chipped and the bare metal beneath is exposed, touch up the paintwork either with the paint provided or with car paint in a matching colour.
Caring for garden furniture accessories
If parasols get wet, leave them open to dry out. They should always be taken down and stored in high winds and throughout winter.
Our cushions are covered in a variety of textiles that 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-resistant coating.
- Store in a dry place
- Do not leave out in the rain
- Sponge clean with upholstery shampoo
- Keep under cover when not in use: the covers won't 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
Our garden furniture covers are made from weather-proof fabric that allows air to circulate. Before fitting the covers, ensure that the furniture, cushions and parasols are dry.
Our timber policy
We’re committed to supporting certified timber and paper products. We actively work with suppliers to offer you products made from credible sources.
Currently only 10% of the world’s forests are independently certified; where certification is not possible, our policy ensures our products only use timber and paper obtained from known, legal and well-managed forests.
We trace the origin of all of our sources to ensure that at every point in the supply chain timber has been traded in accordance with national forestry laws and standards and that all human rights have been respected.
Find more information on the work we do around timber sourcing here.
The Forest Stewardship Council® certification is one of the ways we ensure we use responsibly sourced timber.
The Forest Stewardship Council
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®) works to safeguard the world's forests. FSC certification provides a credible link between responsible forest management and the consumption of forest products, enabling you to make purchasing decisions that benefit both people and the environment.
Forest certification is growing, though right now only 10% of global timber production is independently certified by the FSC. Other forest certification systems do exist, but FSC has the highest standards and carries out the most rigorous checks of the full supply chain. It’s also the only scheme endorsed by major environmental groups including WWF, Greenpeace and the Woodland Trust.
The FSC was founded in 1993 in response to public concern about deforestation and demand for a trustworthy wood-labelling scheme. It has developed a system of forest certification and product labelling that allows consumers to identify wood and wood-based products from well-managed forests.
When you see the FSC logo on a product, you can feel assured that it’s made with or contains wood that comes from FSC certified forests or from recycled materials. The FSC logo on our products tells you that you are protecting the world's forests for future generations, by buying forest-based products from responsibly managed sources. For more information visit www.fsc-uk.org.
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