Care & Maintenance

Care & Maintenance

Hardwoods are quickly becoming one of the most popular materials for outdoor furniture. The warm natural colors of Eucalyptus and Teak give the patio a rustic and inviting aesthetic. However, this material does require annual maintenance to support the integrity of the furniture. Without regular care, the furniture will start to grey, and the wood can crack, split, and lift.

But with the proper care, your hardwood patio furniture can last decades!

The amount of maintenance that is required depends on the location. For example, covered patio furniture requires much less cleaning and oiling than products in partial or direct sunlight or under trees that may drop dirt and debris.

Please see the additional Care & Maintenance details below for the best care for your furniture. And, check out our YouTube channel for a step-by-step tutorial!

Wood Furniture Care Kit

All hardwood is living, natural fiber. Due to weather and everyday use, changes occur with hairlines in the grain and lighting. The stained finish on our eucalyptus furniture will begin to fade and dry out if left untreated. However, to slow down the aging process and maintain your furniture's "like new" appearance, you should regularly treat the wood. We recommend using a name brand Teak, Boiled Linseed, or Outdoor Interiors Refined Linseed Oil to maintain and protect your hardwood furniture.  Please apply at least twice in the spring and summer. The number of applications varies depending on direct sunlight, temperature, and dry climate versus more humid regions. Your furniture will provide tell-tale signs along the way, so "Please Oil" accordingly. Do not apply any furniture oil in direct sunlight. Apply oil generously and wipe away excess with a dry cloth approximately 1 hour after application. CAUTION: Using Linseed oil on natural unstained Teak will initially create a much darker appearance before being placed in direct sunlight or outdoors for at least 30 days. Always test a small area under the furniture before finishing any piece with any oils, sealants, or finishes. Caution: Always dispose of oil-soaked rags carefully and in a safe container due to fire concerns.  
If your Teak Furniture becomes soiled, use a mild detergent and a soft cloth only for cleaning. Do not use abrasive cleaners or cleaning products. Solid Teak should be oiled at least two times per year to maintain the golden teak color and to preserve hardwood integrity for many years. Use name-brand teak or hardwood oils for outdoor use. Note that many Linseed Oils and other oils will darken natural Teak. Always test a small inconspicuous area to ensure compatibility and for color purposes. If Grey Patina is desired, preservatives are available in the marketplace to help you maintain this look and help protect and maintain this desired color. Furniture covers are a wise investment as an extra layer of protection during the off-season.
For the care of fabrics (Including spun polyester, olefin, or Sunbrella branded products), we recommend using 303 Fabric Protectants for the ultimate sun-blocking technology, keeping all outdoor materials looking newer for longer.
Hardwood oils will not harm wicker or sling material. However, it should be wiped away immediately after any oiling projects. If wicker or sling becomes soiled or dirty, use water, soft cloths, and brushes with mild detergents for cleaning.
Our wicker is made from the finest quality (HDPE) High-Density Polyethylene resin and will not absorb stains like hardwood oil. However, when oiling, you should use a soft cloth to wipe off excess oil so it will not leave a layer or film coating on the wicker.
Stone sealant should be applied once a year to protect the grout and natural stone from the elements. If stone and grout become soiled, use a mild detergent with water and a soft cloth or brush to gently clean. Do not use abrasive cleaning products. Avoid products containing ammonia, bleach, or other hazardous/polluting compounds. Always test in a small inconspicuous area when using a new cleaner to ensure compatibility.