Care & Maintenance

CARE and MAINTENANCE

At CO9 Design, we know that the furniture showroom and real life are very different.   Picture perfect and the perfect picture are hardly the same things, what with changing weather conditions, the joys of children and pets, and everyday entertaining making an impact. With these helpful tips for care and maintenance, you can enjoy your furniture for a lifetime.

 

TEAK FURNITURE

Let’s Talk About Teak

Teak is a deciduous hardwood tree from the highlands of south-east Asia. It does not come from tropical rain forests. Teakwood has a naturally high oil content which makes it both stable and resistant to rotting when exposed to climatic extremes. So if you’re expecting (or not expecting, as is usually the case) 4 feet of snow followed by hot temperatures, this is the reason it is the preferred wood for outdoor furniture.

Grade-A Teak vs. Reclaimed Teak – the difference is in the details

Grade-A teak is unblemished, cleanest, and most stable, and is relatively more expensive.   It’s like a brand new car, right off the lot, but without the new car smell. But do you remember your first car? It had a few imperfections and some blemishes that added to its character, but dad made sure it ran great and you’ll never forget it. You may wish you still had that car. With reclaimed teak, you can still have it all and it will last a lifetime too! Reclaimed teak has excellent endurance with minor blemishes like grooves, knots, splices, and other rustic features.   Just like the additions you made to your rear-view mirror, these rustic features are intentional but do not detract from the sturdy, long-lasting quality of the furniture.

Natural teak refers to the golden brown color of untreated teak which has the natural color because its oils.   Teak protector, applied yearly on all teak surfaces of your furniture will help your furniture to maintain the golden brown color. You will need to thoroughly clean your teak every year and apply the oil carefully following the directions on the package.

Reclaimed teak

For our reclaimed teak collection that features the antique grey finish, the factory applied finish will last one or two seasons. The finish will either continue to age or may completely come off depending on weather conditions. You can recondition if finish wears away by first cleaning teak with golden care cleaner, allow it to completely dry and apply Golden Care Instant Gray to have the gray color back. While application of Instant Gray will not achieve the original look of the factory applied antique technique, it will help even out the color and give a instant look of gray. The other option for reconditioning the table is just simply cleaning the table with golden care cleaner and allow it to naturally gray, which will happen with in a couple weeks, we recommend applying Golden Care Teak Shield to prevent food stains (see Golden Care teak shield for more information).

With either of the options above for applying protector to natural teak or applying finish to the greyed teak, be sure to follow product directions carefully and protect the surface beneath the furniture with a tarp or ground cloth. Apply product at your own risk – try out the product on the underside first and remember that we are not responsible if you are displeased with the end results.

Are you confused about what choice to make? Here’s the easy answer! Our recommendation for either our natural or antique greyed teak is to do as your grandmother did, and let your teak furniture weather naturally to a beautiful silvery grey. The time it takes to weather will vary with exposure to different climatic conditions, but it can happen within a 9-12 month period. A slight checking or lifting of the grain, even small cracks, may occur during this process - it is completely normal as the wood expands and contracts. Let your furniture age gracefully and witness the beautiful results which occur naturally and make your teak furniture virtually maintenance free.

Just want to clean your teak? For mild cleaning, simply wipe down with a soft cloth using warm water. For more moderate cleaning, nothing fancy is needed. Just break out the dish soap and add one teaspoon to one quart of warm water and wipe down your teak with a soft cloth. Rinse using your garden hose with low pressure to remove any soap.

 

WOVEN FURNITURE

Cleaning that’s easier than a trip to the dentist

Have you been to the dentist for your yearly cleaning? If not, you should! In the meantime, think back to the tooth care regimen your dentist has shared with you and apply that to your woven furniture. First, rinse the furniture with high pressure fresh water from your garden hose, being careful to avoid any teak framing or details (you don’t want to erode the “enamel”). Next, you may wash the wicker with warm water, a mild detergent and soft brush. Finally, rinse away all soap and bubbles. Be sure to let the furniture air dry before storing. See, wasn’t that easy? And you didn’t even have to floss!

Woven furniture storage and hibernation tips

If Old Man Winter visits your area each year, we recommend you store your woven furniture to protect it from snow and freezing temperatures. Clean your furniture before storing and store upright so water can drain and you can avoid any structural damage caused by water freezing within the frame due to improper storage. Avoid this altogether and keep your furniture cozy and warm until spring by storing it inside a garden shed, garage, or basement. You may even use breathable furniture covers to help your furniture hibernate comfortably until warmer temperatures emerge once again.

CUSHIONS, SLINGS, and UMBRELLAS

Cushions prefer to be dry, but if they get wet….

With the first few rainfalls on your new teak furniture, you can expect to the teak to seep out its naturally occurring oils. Protect your cushions from teak oil by bringing them in before it rains. Stains from teak oil are not covered under warranty. Once your teak has begun its transition to a beautiful silver grey, your cushions are safe from oil seepage and no longer need to be brought in.

If an unexpected downpour occurs while you’re away or your sprinklers go haywire, you may find yourself with saturated cushions. If this occurs, simply unzip the cushions and stand them on edge, zipper edge facing down, in a sunny location; no need to remove the cover completely. Expect a drying time of approximately 24-48 hours. If the thought of wet cushions and drying time puts you on edge, store your cushions tipped up on their edges to reduce the surface area exposed to the elements and decrease drying time.

 

Cleaning and Storage of your Cushions and Umbrella Canopies

All of the fabrics used on our cushions and umbrella canopies are more low-maintenance than any child whose sticky fingers may grace their surfaces. All of our cushions and canopies are made of either Sunbrella fabric.  These fabrics are treated with a fluorocarbon finish that acts as a sealant, making them resistant to water and stains. Give yourself a pat on the back right now for choosing these fine products! And give these fabrics a light regular cleaning to prevent build-up of dirt, sand, etc., that can become embedded in the fabric and harder to remove.

For light regular cleaning, here’s what to do! Brush away any dirt or debris and use a clean sponge, warm water (less than 100° F to prevent shrinking), and a natural soap like Woolite® to clean your fabric. Let your fabric air dry and do not use a steam press, iron, or your dryer. It’s outdoor furniture – let it dry outdoors or these heat sensitive acrylic fibers will shrink! A note on soap – if you use a detergent instead of a natural soap, you may break down the finish and may need to reapply 303 Hi Tech Fabric Guard or a similar product to maintain the water/stain repellant resistance.

That covers the standard cleaning process, but what happens when those precious little fingers or a spill from a cocktail party leave stains on your fabric? For tougher stains use a fabric spot remover or contact Sunbrellafor advice on removing specific stains like wine, chocolate, or glitter-infused paint from an art project that you told your little one to do outside so it would be “less messy.”

These acrylic fabrics keep mildew in check, but if mildew grows on dirt or another foreign substance that has not been removed from your fabric, you can use the following method. To clean stains left by mildew, prepare a mild solution of one cup bleach and two capfuls of natural soap (Woolite®) per gallon of water. Spray on the entire affected area and allow it to soak in. Scrub briskly with a clean sponge or cloth if necessary.

Following cleaning of difficult stains or mildew, rinse the fabric thoroughly with fresh water to remove any soap or cleaner, and let it air dry in a sunny location. Then get to work on your walls, because there’s probably chocolate or glitter paint there too.

Resist the urge to remove the cushion fill from the fabric! While removing the fabric from the cushion fill and throwing it into the washer may sound like a great idea, we strongly recommend that you follow the steps above and clean the cushions with the fill in place. The cushions are “stuffed” using special machinery….special machinery that you do not have, and you likely won’t achieve a professional finished appearance if you attempt to re-stuff the cushions by hand.

Storing your cushions is a no-brainer. Your cushions and umbrellas are not made of durable, enduring teak or synthetic wicker, so bring them inside over the winter. Make sure they are clean and dry before storing in a dry, well-ventilated space.

 

A “heads-up” on cleaning the slings of the Bayhead Collection

Cleaning the Batyline sling material of your Bayhead pieces is just about as easy as cleaning your kitchen counter.   Batyline is a woven polyester fiber protected by a PVC coating. It is resistant to stretching, immune to cracking and is applied with an anti-fungal treatment. For cleaning, all you need to do is mix liquid dish soap with warm water and wipe down with a sponge or scrub gently with a soft bristle brush. Avoid the surrounding metal and teak frame when applying. Rinse with fresh water and let air dry. For added fun, time how long it takes for the sling to dry before it’s ready to be back in action for you and your guests. You’ll be amazed at its fast drying time. With its airy mesh, you can even allow the family dog to do some “pre-cleaning” from below before you simply wipe away the sling with a damp cloth.

 

CONCRETE FURNITURE

The pores, micro fissures and possible variations in color are inherent characteristics of the material used and that it is hand-crafted. This is what gives this furniture its unique appearance and all its chairs. It is not possible to return or exchange this article for these reasons.

 

GENERAL MAINTENANCE & STORAGE

Never use abrasive products or materials. Never use solvents, bleach, acid, metal brushes, or high-pressure cleaners to this article. It is preferable to use a clean, soft cloth.

Check the tightness of the screws and bolts regularly.

Shelter article from the elements. We advise you to cover and store the article in a dry place during winter once it has been well cleaned, aired and dried.

 

CERAMIC TABLE TOPS

Ceramic table tops are made from a solid ceramic slab. Ceramic is harder than granite and is workable using techniques normally applied to glass and natural stone. Ceramic table tops are chemical resistant, fireproof, UV and heat resistant. Water absorption is close to zero, therefore, table tops are also completely frost-proof and weather resistant. Cleaning Although dirt cannot penetrate into the ceramic material, it is necessary to remove it from the surface in order to prevent the build up of surface grease and contaminants. Day to day maintenance of ceramic table tops can be performed by simply wiping down using a clean, microfibre cloth and warm, diluted, neutral detergent to remove surface spillages. Spillages of wine, coffee, ketchup, oils and acidic substances such as vinegar should be wiped clean immediately. For intense cleaning and more regular maintenance we recommend using a ceramic cleaner. Under no circumstances should any persons (including children) sit on the ends sides or middle of the table or climb onto the tabletop itself as this could cause the ceramic tops to break.CO9 Design  is not liable for and damages or injuries as a result of such misuse.

WARRANTY INFORMATION

CONCRETE/CERAMIC

2 year warranty

 

TEAK FURNITURE

3 year warranty for residential applications

2 year warranty for commercial applications

1 year warranty for glass table tops, cushions, slings

 

WOVEN FURNITURE

3 year warranty for residential or commercial applications

1 year warranty for glass table tops, cushions and pillows