Bluestone

Belgian bluestone is a natural stone and contains fossils and white/greyish veins that run through the stone. The quantity and size of the fossils and veins will vary from piece to piece and are an inherent characteristic of the stone. In its natural state, bluestone will temporarily mark if it comes into contact with some foodstuffs and beverages.  If the bluestone is used outside, these marks will go over a relatively short period of time due to the cleaning action of the sun and rain.

Applying a sealant to bluestone is possible. Premium grade water based stone sealing impregnators, which create a protective invisible seal on the surface of the bluestone, penetrate into the pores of the bluestone to protect the stone against oil and water based stains allowing the stone to breath and retain its natural colour and appearance. We recommend Lithofin Stain Stop. Applying a sealant to bluestone repels staining agents but does not make bluestone stain proof. We recommend re-sealing bluestone periodically, especially in high usage areas, in accordance with the sealant manufacturer’s recommendations. When water no longer “beads” on the surface of the bluestone it is time to re-seal the bluestone.

Abrasive and acidic cleaners should be avoided as cleaning agents. We recommend using a warm damp cloth or sponge regularly with a mild detergent. Lithofin Easy Clean can also be used..

 

Teak

The teak used in our furniture is reclaimed from various sources such as old houses, bridges and boats and may easily be 80 years old before it is used in our furniture. The reclaimed teak has been used before, so has some authentic character; we may need to use patches and/or plugs in the teak. The teak may also contain other materials such as old nails. These form part of the inherent character of the teak, however, on occasion may cause some minor rust and sedimentation. The teak may also show some staining during aging; this includes minor black spots that may occur where nails or similar items have been present in the teak. This will not damage the quality of the teak and will contribute to the character of the wood over time. Solid teak is a natural product and is subject to external influences. Each piece will age differently and each piece will develop its own unique character over time.

Teak is a natural product and will absorb liquids.  Applying a sealant to teak repels staining agents but does not make the teak stain proof.  If sealed we recommend re-sealing the teak regularly, especially in high usage areas, in accordance with the sealant manufacturer’s recommendations. Sealant may change the colour of the teak and prevent the teak weathering naturally to a grey patina.

 

Oak

Solid oak is a natural product and is subject to external influences. Each piece will age differently and each piece will develop its own unique character over time.

If oak is used inside, the relative air humidity should be controlled and held constant and care should be taken to avoid direct sunlight for extended periods of time. We can seal indoor oak tables with either a matt varnish or a lacquer. If sealed, we recommend re-sealing the oak regularly, especially in high usage areas, in accordance with the sealant manufacturer’s recommendations. Abrasive and acidic cleaners should be avoided as cleaning agents. We recommend using a warm damp cloth or sponge regularly with a mild detergent.

For oak tables used outside, we recommend using a stone top or alternatively, if the table top is also oak, a waterproof cover. For oak table tops used outside we construct the table tops with small gaps between the boards to allow water to run through and the wood to expand and contract.

If you plan to situate your oak table outside on sandstone paving please let us know prior to ordering your oak table.

 

Rattan

Our rattan is not treated chemically and is a natural product. The colour is light brownish. No special protection or coating is applied to the rattan. Our rattan products are semi outdoor, which means that the product is designed for outdoor use during the summer months and should be taken indoors/under cover in the winter months to enjoy a longer life span. We can supply waterproof covers for our rattan chairs.

 

Fabric and cushions

Our fabric is 100 per cent solution dyed acrylic.

Our Oxenwood outdoor fabrics are waterproof, UV resistant and stain resistant. Our cushions are manufactured using a polyester anti wick thread which is designed to expand when wet and so reduce the ingress of moisture. Our zips are also designed to reduce the ingress of moisture.

We can supply cushions in a wide range of fabrics of your choosing, however, these may not be waterproof, UV resistant or stain resistant.

To clean our Oxenwood fabrics, occasionally wash carefully with lukewarm water and a mild soap solution (i.e Fairy).  Do not exceed 30 degrees water temperature and do not use any solvents, abrasives, detergents or bleach and rinse thoroughly after washing and thereafter allow the fabric to dry naturally. Our Oxenwood fabrics should not be tumble dried.

For the best long term results we suggest our Oxenwood fabrics are re-proofed and protected with a release agent every 3 years. This must be carried out after the fabric has been cleaned and thoroughly dried. A silicone based re-proofing agent such as “Fabsil” or “Fabsil Gold” is recommended. We also offer a maintenance service for our Oxenwood fabrics when we can re-proof your Oxenwood fabrics for you.