Teak is a deciduous hardwood tree and contrary to popular belief, comes from the highlands and not from tropical rainforests. No other wood shares teak's exceptional strength and durability. Its unique texture and leathery smell are due to its high oil content. These characteristics, combined with the wood's high density, prevent warping and rot, allowing the furniture to stay outdoors in all conditions, without maintenance or preservatives. Teak is a natural product and, because of this, fluctuations of temperature and humidity may cause surface cracking and in particular the end grains. This is normal and will not affect the durability or strength of the wood.
Left outdoors, untreated teak will adjust to the elements over the years and the colour of the wood will change to an attractive silver grey, aided only by an occasional washing with warm soapy water in order to discourage moss. You can either to leave your teak furniture to go a beautiful silvery grey, or choose to oil it.
Oiling - Cotswold recommends using Sadolin Teak Oil from Sikkens Woodcare Products. This is available at most hardware stores. Once you receive your Teak simply allow to furniture to weather for a fortnight, then wash well to rid it of any dust or dirt. Once completely dry, use a paintbrush and apply the oil. It will need at least two coats. You may need to sand back the furniture and repeat the oiling process at least once a year. If the furniture is already grey and you wish to restore the original colour: firstly wash the furniture with warm soapy water and a household scrubbing brush to remove all dirt, moss, bird droppings etc. When the furniture is dry, sand it back completely. Once the furniture is completely back to the original teak wood colour, wash down to remove the teak dust and leave to dry, then apply a good quality teak dressing/protector.
Grease spots have appeared on the furniture - This is a natural feature of the wood and grease spots should gradually disappear after being exposed to sunlight. However, should you wish to remove these blemishes, we recommend using a degreasing agent and gentle scrubbing with a brush. Rinse off with clean water. Persistent grease spots can be removed by using white spirit.
The furniture has developed mildow spots or black blemishes - This is usually the result of rainwater or sometimes sap dripping from the leaves of trees onto the wood leaving dark marks and spots. Ideally, we recommend the furniture is not placed under trees. However, these marks can be removed by lightly sanding with fine sandpaper.
How should candle wax or wine stains be removed? - Candle wax can be removed by placing brown paper over the wax mark and pressing with a warm iron. This will melt the wax, drawing it out of the wood and onto the paper. For wine stains, we recommend using mentholated spirits to wipe the area clean.
The furniture doesn't seem to be the same colour as the one I saw in the showroom? - This is due to the finished item being packaged and stored until delivery to the customer. Once the item is placed outside in daylight, the wood will return to its natural colour.
Will my teak furniture last? - Decades of craftsmanship is built into every piece of Cotswold Collection teak. Every joint - using tradition tenon and mortise joints - secured with teak dowels indicates the care and attention to detail that distinguishes our furniture. Most assembly components are made of brass and stainless steel to ensure against rust or deterioration.
All these features guarantee you are purchasing the very best in outdoor leisure furniture - classic and contemporary designs with heirloom quality, impervious to the elements from generation to generation.
The Vincent Sheppard finished product is sprayed in Australia using high quality commercial grade paint in the colour of your choice. To care for your Vincent Sheppard products, simply wipe them down with a damp cloth every so often to remove dirt and dust. The indoor chairs and tables have nylon gliders which can wear down over time. Replacements can be obtained from Cotswold.
It is advisable to use touch up paint, or have your loom resprayed if you notice any areas of damage or the paint wearing away. Take good care of your furniture and you will ensure it lasts for many years.
Although the products in Vincent's Garden are designed to withstand the elements, it is important to maintain them. Follow these simple care instructions to extend the life of your furniture.
The standard outdoor acrylic cushions in this range benefit from regular brushing down including the removal of dirt and falling leaves. During inclement weather it is advisable to store the cushions away so as to extend their lifespan.
Regularly wipe the furniture down using a damp cloth with clean water to remove excess dirt.
On the items with powder coated frames, treat any significant scratches with an application of touch up paint to the affected area. Please contact Cotswold for more information.
Made in the Shade umbrellas are now made with 100% outdoor acrylic fabric. Maintain your umbrella by hosing away the pollens regularly and making sure it is completely dry before storing away. Made in the Shade umbrella covers are very useful and can also be purchased from Cotswold.
In the event of strong or high winds, ALWAYS put your umbrella down and tie with the provided strap, otherwise you risk breaking one of the arms of the umbrella. The hood design allows for stability in a moderate breeze and enables hot air to escape through the top vent, however we recommend you don't leave your umbrella up unattended. Broken arms are able to be easily replaced, so just contact us if you need help with this.
Is your umbrella in need of a make over? Has the cover had its day, or does the pole need revarnishing? Contact Made in the Shade directly on 03 9785 1236 and they will be able to arrange this for you.
All fabrics have slightly different care information. Please contact us on 1800 677 047 if you need any help and we will be able to source and provide the manufacturer's care instructions.