The materials used in the manufacture of the Indian Ocean collections are carefully selected to meet the highest quality standards. However, to ensure the furniture still looks good even after many years of use, regular maintenance is required. Download the brochure here.
The colour and grain of the natural hardwood varies, but after about 3 months of exposure to the UV light of the wood matures to a sliver-grey patina. Teak is naturally hard-wearing and long lasting and we do not advise the application of Teak Oil. Oil will not prolong the life of your Indian Ocean furniture but may cause black spots or blemishes. Do not be alarmed if small cracks appear in the end-grain of timbers. They are perfectly natural and you need not worry - as the moisture in the atmosphere rises the timber will return to normal. You may also see white patterns - this is simply calcium deposits and are an intrinsic element of Teak. They do not effect the durability, performance or life expectancy of the product.
Stains and spillages on the wood should be absorbed with kitchen paper as soon as they occur and then washed away afterwards with soapy water. General grime accumulates on furniture and this should be washed away with a light soapy detergent. Any residual marks may be removed with a little light sanding from very fine sandpaper. Extending tables and folding chairs should be regularly opened and closed to prevent moving parts seizing up and the application of a little lubricant on a cloth passed over the runners will help to smooth the process.
Each piece of Re-claimed Teak is carefully selected by hand and matched to achieve the best possible finish. Re-claimed Teak has a unique distressed feel and variations in the finish are part of the inherent natural beauty of a re-cycled piece. You will find knots and markings that would not be found on new, premium grade plantation Teak.
We apply a clear wax treatment to all re-claimed Teak to ensure that the pieces are aesthetically pleasing. You may choose to maintain the wax finish by regularly applying a quality clear furniture wax to clean, dry wood every 2-4 months. Otherwise, you may allow the wax to weather away and then your re-claimed Teak will weather naturally.
We offer our own range of Indian Ocean Maintenance products:
Teak Cleaner & Restorer - Suitable for regular minor maintenance jobs to remove deeply engrained dirt and stains from food and wine. It is also designed to brighten teak back to its original colour by removing the grey film and to restore the top surface. It opens the pores of the wood in preparation for sealing with Teak Care Sealer.
All the Stainless Steel we use in the construction of our furniture is 304 grade. Stainless Steel is an iron alloy in which the resistance to corrosion is increased through the addition of chrome and nickel. Surface oxidisation deposits are accelerated by chlorine and air-borne chemicals but do not effect the durability of your furniture. Chlorine and salty sea air is Stainless Steel's biggest enemy and can cause a type of corrosion that is know as pitting. For that reason we recommend that in locations near the sea the metal should be Electro-Polished where optional.
Stainless Steel Care & Maintenance
Since stainless steel is not corrosion-resistant by definition, it is advisable to clean the furniture regularly with a standard stainless steel cleaner to minimise the contamination of the surface from airborne pollutants.
This avoids the formation of surface oxidisation deposits (brown spots). Heavy Duty Stainless Steel Cleaner may be required if furniture has not been regularly cared for.
High grade Aluminium is preferred by our designers for its strength, its low weight and its resistance to corrosion. Most of our Aluminium ranges have a polyester powder paint finish applied statically and embedded by a baking action. The advantages of this procedure are the endless possibilities in the variety of colour and the protection to the metal.
Aluminium Care & Maintenance
Regularly cleaning with a mild soapy solution to remove surface dirt is all that is necessary. Avoid using abrasives.
The Latitude modular sofa system is upholstered with high-performance outdoor fabrics and has the feel of a luxury indoor sofa. The innovative material used for the cushions is woven from marine strength solution-dyed synthetic fibres, specially designed for use outdoors. Natural to the touch, UV fade resistant and treated to be water, soil and stain repellent.
Stains on the fabric can be spot cleaned with cool water and a general laundry product.
Occasionally, if exposed to extremely wet weather, the furniture may become completely saturated - in these cases we recommend setting the pieces on a slight angle to aid drainage. Please made sure the fabric is allowed to complete air-dry before covering.
ALL WEATHER WEAVE
Our extensive All Weather Weave designs include 4 different types of highly-technical woven materials which are soft to the touch, tear resistant, UV resistant, weather resistant and extremely durable.
The name CoaXXS® refers to the coaxial structure of the highly stretch resistant polyester core and the outer synthetic skin. The result is not only "Xtra Xtra Strong", but moreover, creates the synthetic fibre with the most natural appearance for use both indoors or outdoors. The dual fibres which make up CoaXXS® lend it durability, resistance to the elements and a remarkable strength that allows us to weave it like modern day wicker-work.
Viro® is 100% HDPE non-toxic (High Density Polyethylene). Through intensive quality control Viro Fibre meets ISO 9001-2000 system standards. Its durability is evidenced by its weather resistance and, in particular, its highly tested ability to withstand UV rays.
Wintech® is also High Density Polyethylene. It is impervious to the elements being UV and water resistant and durably woven on to high grade aluminium frames.
Rehau is a leading German manufacturer of polymer modern weaving materials and pioneered the individual twisted profiles seen in the new CUBA and MONTE CARLO collections.
All Weather Weave Care & Maintenance
Synthetic woven furniture needs minimal care to keep it looking as good as new. They clean easily with a soapy detergent. The brush attachment of a vacuum cleaner may be used to remove dust or embedded food crumbs. Care must be taken not to damage the weave with sharp objects.
For the seats and backs of our chairs and loungers we use Batyline® fabric from French manufacturer Ferrari.
The polyester fibre is PVC coated and then woven. The fibres are then melted together in order to create an exceptionally form fast, stretch and tear resistant fabric. Apart from its exceptional mechanical strength it has a high chemical resistance. The synthetic coating guarantees an extremely high weather and UV resistance. The fact that there is no moisture absorption results in rapid drying, maximum stain and mould resistance.
Batyline® Care & Maintenance
Batyline® needs minimal care to keep it looking as good as new. Simply use soapy water to wash down. Avoid the use of abrasive products and solvents.
All Indian Ocean glass for tables is tempered. Ceramic & Glass is naturally resistant to staining making it highly suitable material for tables outdoors.
Glass Care & Maintenance
Glass is fragile and care must be taken to avoid chipping or damaging. Care must be taken to avoid scratching surfaces with cutlery, china and decorative items. We recommend the use of tablemats and coasters. Glass surfaces should be cleaned with standard glass cleaners. In the case of stubborn dirt or calcium deposits, we offer a "Glass Heavy Duty Cleaner" - this is recommended only for serious damage and must be applied according to strict instructions. Please contact us to order.
To keep cushions looking good we recommend the you store them indoors overnight. Most stains on the material can be spot cleaned with mild soapy water. Simply remove dirt by scrubbing with cool water (under 30 degrees) and natural soap. Do not iron, spin or tumble dry. To prevent ceasing replace the covers while still damp and dry in the open air. Cushions must be completely dry before storing ina well ventilated area over winter.