Indian Ocean furniture is designed for outdoors, and only requires a little TLC to keep it looking its best. Discover how to care for your outdoor furniture in our care and maintenance guide.
The materials used in the manufacture of all Indian Ocean Collections are carefully selected to meet the highest quality standards. Your furniture has been specifically designed to withstand the elements of life outdoors – all year round. However, regular cleaning and a little TLC is required and does go a long way to ensure the furniture still looks good, even after many years of use.
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Teak Outdoor Furniture Care and Maintenance
We select only the finest premium FSC Grade A Plantation Teak. The golden colour and grain of the natural hardwood varies. After about 3 months of outdoor exposure to moisture and sunlight, the new wood begins to mature naturally and take on a beautiful and distinctive silver-grey patina.
Teak is naturally hard-wearing and long lasting; as Teak has the highest natural oil content of all hardwoods we do not advise the application of Teak Oil. Oil will not prolong the life of your Indian Ocean Teak wooden garden furniture but may cause black spots, blemishes and uneven staining.
Do not be alarmed if small cracks appear in the end-grain of timbers as 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 appear on the teak - these are simply calcium deposits and are an intrinsic element of Teak - they do not affect the durability, performance or life expectancy of the item.
How to Care for Teak Garden Furniture
Extending tables and folding chairs should be regularly opened and closed to prevent moving parts seizing up - the application of a little lubricant on a cloth passed over the runners will help to smooth the process. DO NOT PRESSURE WASH.
We offer our own range of Indian Ocean Maintenance products:
- Teak Shampoo for everyday cleaning.
- Teak Cleaner & Restorer - Suitable for regular maintenance jobs to remove deeply ingrained dirt and stains from food and drink. 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 for long-term protection of Teak against rapid weathering.
Caring for Re-claimed Teak Furniture
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 good 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 ingrained 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.
Chlorine and salty sea air are Stainless Steel's biggest enemy and can cause a type of corrosion that is known as pitting and more regular cleaning is needed. For locations near the sea, we recommend that the Stainless Steel finish should be Electro-Polished which has a shinier finish and an enhanced resistance to corrosion or a Powder-Coated painted finish.
How to Care for Stainless Steel Garden Furniture
It is necessary to clean and polish Stainless Steel furniture (Brushed and EP) regularly with either a standard Stainless Steel spray cleaner or a mild soapy water solution. Stainless Steel is not by definition, corrosion-resistant and this regular cleaning will avoid the formation of surface oxidisation deposits (brown spots) as well as removing stains. These spots do not affect the durability, performance or life expectancy of the furniture but are simply superficial discolourations that require cleaning.
If your patio furniture has not been regularly cared for, we recommend the use of Indian Ocean Premium Stainless Steel Cleaner & Protector which will restore your Stainless Steel furniture to its original appearance. DO NOT PRESSURE WASH.
Caring for Aluminium Outdoor Furniture
Care: Regular cleaning with a mild soapy solution to remove surface dirt is all that is necessary. Avoid using abrasives. DO NOT PRESSURE WASH.
Upholstered Material Care and Maintenance
Caring for Upholstered Outdoor Sofas
All-Weather Rope combines texture with technology. The Rope is an innovative blend of two synthetic components resulting in a unique fibre with substantial practical strength. Indian Ocean Rope is water-repellent, chlorine, salt and UV resistant and ultimately recyclable. The Rope is an excellent choice for marine or poolside locations and is inherently resistant to dirt and stains.
How to Care for Outdoor Rope Furniture
All-Weather Rope furniture needs minimal care to keep it looking as good as new. 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 Rope with sharp or abrasive objects.
Never use a wire or stiff bristled brush on the Rope. If dirt and grime accumulate, spot clean with a laundry or carpet cleaning product suitable for synthetic fabric. DO NOT PRESSURE WASH.
We recommend our range of tailored furniture covers to help keep the furniture free from debris, particularly out of season. Please make sure the furniture is allowed to completely air dry before covering.
All-Weather weave furniture will soften in exceptionally high temperatures and become rigid in particularly cold temperatures. There is no cause for concern as the weave will return to normal when returned to an ambient temperature.
How to Care for All-Weather Weave Furniture
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 or abrasive objects. Never use a wire or stiff brush on the Weave. We recommend regular cleaning with Indian Ocean All Weather Weave Cleaner.
BATYLINE® Outdoor Care and Maintenance
Apart from its exceptional mechanical strength, it has a high chemical resistance. The synthetic coating guarantees resistance to extremely high weather and UV rays. The fact that there is no moisture absorption results in rapid drying with maximum stain and mould resistance.
Caring for Batyline Outdoor Chairs and Loungers
DO NOT PRESSURE WASH. We recommend cleaning with Indian Ocean Premium Batyline Cleaner.
Glass and Ceramic Outdoor Furniture Maintenance
Caring for Glass and Ceramic Furniture
We recommend the use of protective table mats and coasters. It is best to act quickly to clean up spills to avoid food residue becoming baked onto the surface in hot weather.
Glass surfaces should be regularly cleaned with standard glass cleaning spray products. In cases of stubborn dirt or calcium deposits, we recommend Indian Ocean Premium Glass Cleaner - this is a heavy duty product and recommended only for serious damage and must be applied according to the strict instructions.
HPL (High Pressure Laminate) Maintenance
Luxury Outdoor Parasol Care
Opening Your Parasol: When opening the Parasol, pull out the ribs to ensure that they move freely, then gently pull on the cord/wind the handle to slowly raise the sliding hub upwards. Continue to raise until the fabric is taut and then insert the pin into the highest possible hole.
A tautly erected Parasol will be stronger and will not allow the canvas to billow in the wind, which may cause the strut ends to break. Close the Parasol during strong or gusty wind conditions and cover only when completely dry.
Please ensure your Parasol is secure and fitted in the correct base – please ask for our advice.
Garden Parasol Care
NEVER LEAVE YOUR PARASOL OPEN OR UNATTENDED IN WINDY CONDITIONS.
To clean the fabric, open the Parasol, lay on its side and remove dirt using a soft brush with water. In order to protect the Teflon properties, we recommend Indian Ocean Premium Canvas Cleaner. Do not Dry Clean.
Outdoor Furniture Cushions
Before placing cushions on NEW Teak Furniture, please use a soft damp cloth to wipe down the internal frames of your NEW Teak Furniture and allow to dry.
The Teak frames may have some residual Teak Dust remaining from the fine sanding process. Wiping down the frames will prevent the Teak Dust leaving marks on your cushions and other materials. This is particularly important for White, Natural and paler cushions.
Caring for Your Outdoor Cushions
Most stains on the material can be spot cleaned with cool water and a general laundry product. Cushion covers can be machine washed at 30 degrees, to prevent creasing, replace the covers while still damp and then dry in the open air.
Do not iron, tumble dry and do not Dry Clean as this will damage the weather resistant characteristics of the fabric.
It is essential that cushions are completely dry before storing in a well-ventilated area over the winter months. Please see our collection of luxury outdoor Storage Boxes.
Protective Garden Furniture Covers
Using advanced outdoor fabric technology, the covers are designed to breathe and be waterproof at the same time as well as quick drying and easy to fold. Each cover is individually labelled to allow you to easily identify the corresponding piece of furniture.
Loose cushions should be removed and should not be left under furniture covers.
If extreme or prolonged rainfall is experienced, pools of water may potentially collect on the cover, depending on the fall of the cover material on the individual piece. The seams are stitched and although then double heat sealed, if water is allowed to collect and sit for long periods, then some seeping through can occasionally occur. We advise you to tilt the piece to displace collected water.
Browse our full range of garden furniture protection products to find the right solution for your needs.