Teak (Tectona) is a genus of tropical hardwood trees in the family Verbenaceae. Teak has a high content of natural oils that makes it suitable for use in exposed locations, where it is durable even when not treated with oils.
Its popularity has led to the growth in sustainable production throughout the seasonally dry tropics in forestry plantations. All Jo Alexander teak is produced from these sustainable forestry plantations.
Teak cut from old trees from ancient forests is harder and more durable than plantation teak. However kiln drying allows for plantation grown teak to perform almost on par with old growth teak. Because of the density and durability of the timber your furniture will withstand a great deal of use and last for many years.
Jo Alexander furniture arrives fine sanded. The untreated timber is a very pleasant yellowy-brown olive colour when still fresh.
Our friendly, experienced team have a vast knowledge of the furniture we stock. Feel free to contact us with any questions
Settling in my teak furniture
Whilst your furniture is new and settling into life outdoors in the sun and the rain, it will be normal for fine hairline cracks or subtle oil markings to appear in the wood. Wood is obviously a natural material which expands and contracts with the changes in the weather - consequently, cracks or marks can appear and disappear with time. This will not affect the life of your furniture.
How do I care for my Teak Garden Furniture?
When purchasing Jo Alexander Teak Garden Furniture there are two main care options:-
Leave the furniture untreated to age naturally. The effects of the suns rays will bleach out the timbers natural colour, gradually turning it a soft silvery grey colour. This silver grey ‘patina’ which develops over time gives teak furniture a distinctive appearance. The silver grey colour resulting from this natural ageing process is considered to be very attractive, and allows the furniture to blend in well with any outdoor environment. Teak Cleaner will be required periodically to clean and restore your teak garden furniture.
On purchasing, treat with Teak Protector which maintains the golden brown colour of the teak for a long time. (We recommend that you always test the Protector underneath the furniture to ensure that you are happy with the result that it will give you).
Some additional points to note:-
- When we have extensive wet weather conditions in the UK with more rainfall than usual, garden furniture does not get a chance to dry out. Mildew may, therefore, form, so treating with Teak Cleaner will help with this.
- We do not recommend the use of high pressure hoses as this may "chip out" small pieces of teak wood. We also do not recommend the use of steel wool or steel wire brushes. These can cause grooves to be formed along the grain of the wood during brushing and secondly can cause rust marks in the grain of the wood from steel residues.
- You could also clean your furniture with some warm mild soapy water and a soft bristled brush. Wash down afterwards with clean water.
- If the furniture has some stubborn and heavily ingrained stains, these can be removed by sanding with a fine grade of sandpaper, being sure to work only with the direction of the timber grain. After sanding stains away like this, if the furniture was previously treated with a water based teak protector, you may wish to reapply, or if it had previously been left natural, the fresh colour exposed by sanding will soon mellow in with the existing silver grey patina.
Please also note that our team is always ready and willing to help should you wish to call us for additional advice.
How do I protect my furniture in the Winter?
In order to protect your furniture in winter, (if not storing away in the dry) you may choose to use a furniture cover. These come in various forms including round/oval/rectangle set covers. We also have a two sizes of parasol covers.
If covering wooden teak furniture, we advise that you enable an air flow around and over the table top and chairs to prevent mould growing and to avoid water settling and penetrating through the cover.
Do I need to oil my teak furniture?
It is not necessary to oil your furniture as all our A-grade teak holds its own natural oils. However, if you would like your furniture to remain the same colour as when it was purchased, a Teak Protector can be used to maintain the golden brown colour of the teak for a long time.
Looking after Concrete Tables and Benches.
We advise that you do not use abrasive cleaners or chemicals on the concrete. Wiping it over with a damp cloth and non-citric washing up liquid is generally recommended.
Acidic substances, such as vinegar or lemon juice, (and also hot tableware) could etch the surface of the concrete so the use of coasters and table mats under liquids will help protect the surface.
Concrete is porous and liquid can soak into the surface so ensure you wipe up any spillages immediately, but with regular waxing*, (approximately three times a year, or more if desired) this will help to keep your table sealed. We suggest using a good quality car wax for this job.
The Turin Tables do not need to be waxed. We recommend the use of a furniture cover all year round which will help to protect your garden furniture. The Turin table top is made from a fibre glass resin mix which will naturally create a certain amount of flex on the table top - this is particularly important in a table of this length to ensure longevity of the table and to prevent any imperfections occuring. Pooling of rain water will naturally occur on this table as there are no drain holes or slatting. The Turin Tables can be cleaned using a non abrasive cloth with warm water and washing up liquid.
Cleaning All-Weather Wicker Furniture
When cleaning it is important to use a non-foaming cleaner on woven furniture, as a foaming product will leave residues in the gaps in-between the weave which will then attract dirt. A pressure hose on a low setting is acceptable to use on wicker furniture.
Cleaning Stainless Steel Furniture
To remove small marks and dirt simply use warm water and a clean cloth. Do not use cleaners containing chlorine. Stainless steel cleaner can be used to maintain or restore the polished look.