I’ve mentioned previously that occasionally I have a press release pop into my inbox. Few hold my interest, but this one from Belgium-based Royal Botania, well. And it didn’t hurt that the agency included a few sexy images. While obviously geared toward the company’s outdoor furniture and accessories, much will still apply to furniture you may already own. So without further adieu, here’s …
How To Keep Outdoor Furniture Looking New
Teak is strong, lightweight, and resistant to outdoor elements. It has naturally high oil content, which creates a built-in resistance to the elements so that it does not decay and will not splinter. As such, teak does not need to be sealed or treated to protect the wood. When left outdoors, it will gracefully turn to silver patina to harmonize with its surroundings. High-end manufacturers uses mature, high quality, kiln-dried teak that harvested from sustainable sources. It should provide a lifetime of use with minimal maintenance.
To keep teak looking chic: Royal Botania recommends a freshening every 6-12 months. When teak furniture first arrives any “teak dust” on the furniture should be wiped off using a damp cloth, otherwise it can leave marks on clothes and cushions.
For standard cleanings, scrub with a soft brush and natural soap. Rinsing with fresh water regularly is also encouraged. Many stains can be removed by using a diluted bleach mixture with water, in a 4:1 mix. Scrub with a soft brush and rinse with fresh water. Do not fear a change in color of the stained area. Thanks to teak’s natural oil content the wood’s color will even out within a month after cleaning. For frequent stains, use products like Semco Clear Coat.
Stainless steel is durable and stylish and will hold up to frequent cleanings. Royal Botania offers a 304-grade as well as a 304-EP electropolished or marine-grade stainless steel. The latter offers the same quality and performance as 316-EP stainless steel, yet comes at a more affordable price point. This treatment increases resistance to corrosion and helps prevent salt water and chlorine damage.
To maintain its luster: Royal Botania recommends regular washings using fresh water at a high hose frequency. For a deeper clean, the company suggests a mix of baking soda and dish soap or some white vinegar. Towel dry and voilà!
* BATYLINE MESH
Batyline is an extremely flexible, high quality and durable material that is nearly impossible to tear. It consists of a polyester fiber covered by a coating of PVC. Mildew and UV resistant, it is a great alternative to cushions and perfect for outdoor use in wet environments like a swimming pool.
* COAXXS ®
Its exceptionally strong weave and composition make this an all-weather material. It will not loose its suppleness in low temperatures and will not feel sticky on the skin in hot. It is resistant to the damaging effects of chlorine and salt water, stretching or cracking, UV rays and stains from suntan or the locations.
To freshen up the synthetic fiber: Royal Botania recommends washing with natural-based soap and a sponge then rinsing with fresh water. Plus, CoaXXS® only needs to be cleaned once a year! To avoid scratches, do not clean using any type of abrasive agent or scouring pad.
For help with selecting the perfect Patio or Deck Furniture, please explore our article – How to Pick Great Deck and Patio Furniture.
All images via Royal Botania.