Eden Furniture Blog
Winter Checks & Tips for Furniture
With summer now behind us, autumn is an important time of year to ensure that your outdoor furniture is cleaned and protected from the elements before winter hits. This will ensure that it is in tip top condition and ready to use when the sum returns.
Even furniture that is treated to be weather-resistant or is under a patio cover needs to be cared for and maintained. Spend a bit of time now, and you will be able to enjoy your outdoor living area when spring rolls around - and your furniture will be in top shape.
Teak and Hardwood Furniture
Teak is a tropical hardwood from South East Asia (commonly Indonesia). It is chosen as a premier hardwood as its properties include being a strong, resilient, oil rich wood which is selected due to its grain density. It is a very stable wood that does not warp or rot. Hardwood is a generic term for many woods with similar colour and characteristics, again mainly from South East Asia. These woods include Keruing, Balau, Shorea, Meranti and Eucalyptus. Compared to soft woods (such as pine) these woods have fairly dense grains, although not nearly as dense as teak.
Teak furniture is highly durable and will last for many years without preservatives or treatments. If untreated teak furniture will gradually fade to a silvery grey colour. Over time, natural weathering occurs and small crack (called crazing) may appear. This is perfectly normal and is caused by the expansion and contraction of the wood.
To clean teak & hardwood furniture either lightly sand the furniture or use warm soapy water and a soft brush. Sugar soap, bought from any local diy store will also help. Once clean wash the furniture down with clean water from either a bucket or hose. We do not recommend using a power washer as the force used can damage to furniture.
If you wish the furniture to maintain the original honey colour, the furniture should be treated annually with teak oil or a similar product. Prior to oiling the furniture should be cleaned as above and left to dry thoroughly. If an oil or preserver is applied when the furniture is wet or damp, then black mildew will grow underneath the oil and look very unsightly.
If you are leaving your furniture outside during the winter months, it is recommended that you cover it either with a purpose made cover or a tarpaulin. Make sure it is clean and bone dry before you cover it up and there is ventilation for air to circulate so that if moisture gets in it can also more easily get out on a dry day. Tilting furniture and keeping the feet off wet ground can help prevent rotting.
Resin & Plastic Furniture
Our Evolutif Resin furniture truly is a market leader. It is manufactured with a high chalk content which adds stability to the colours ensuring that the white resin stays white and the colours do not fade. Evolutif furniture is UV resistant and is anti static. It should be cleaned with a soft (non abrasive) cloth and mild soapy water. NEVER use chemicals or any abrasive items to clean your resin furniture. A tip to remove difficult dirt / stains is to spray with a furniture polish and allow that to soak into the stain.
Our Alfresco range of resin furniture is a budget priced range, but has been chosen by us as it offers tremendous value for money. Simply clean this furniture in exactly the same way as for the Evolutif resin furniture.
Resin & Plastic furniture that is left out over winter or exposed to strong sunshine can become brittle over time.
Stainless Steel Furniture
Our Stainless Steel furniture is manufactured from 304 grade stainless steel. This ensures that our products are suitable for outdoor use. Similar to the cleaning of the woods above, warm soapy should be used to remove marks and dirt. Many DIY outlets sell Stainless Steel cleaner which can help restore the original polished look. If you are leaving your furniture outside during the winter months, it is recommended that you cover it either with a purpose made cover or a tarpaulin. Make sure it is clean and bone dry before you cover it up and there is ventilation for air to circulate so that if moisture gets in it can also more easily get out on a dry day.
Our Wicker furniture is manufactured from a from polyethylene synthetic wicker which is suitable for all types of outdoor use. The wicker is UV resistant and in many of the models (i.e. Atlantic Chair) have a steel wire running through the centre of the wicker to add strength and stability. Clean with a power washer on a low setting or a hose pipe with a soft brush to remove the dirt. If you are leaving your furniture outside during the winter months, it is recommended that you cover it either with a purpose made cover or a tarpaulin. Make sure it is clean and bone dry before you cover it up and there is ventilation for air to circulate so that if moisture gets in it can also more easily get out on a dry day.
Make Me A Millionaire To Be Screened In The New Year...1st August 2013
Sky's take on the BBC's Dragons Den, Make Me A Millionaire is set to be screened in the UK in the New Year. This has special significance for us here at Eden Towers as Director Gary Vale was invited to appear as a judge and critic on one of the programs. The episode focussed on Outdoor Furniture and Gary was chosen because of his knowledge and experience within the industry.
Prior to its UK debut, Sky have sold the factual entertainment series to broadcaster throughout the world including broadcasters including UR in Sweden, Sky HD in South Korea, 365 Media in Iceland and pan regional Arabic satellite channel Al Rayan. Viasat has also picked up the series for its channels across Scandinavia, the Baltics and Eastern Europe.
The series was produced by Kalel Productions for Sky TV and comprises eight 60 minutes shows.
Make Me A Millionaire is described as 'a new business series with a feel-good factor'. It delves into the UK patent archives in search of some of the many brilliant inventions that didn't make it off the drawing board. Every episode sees two specialist presenters pick a forgotten invention each. They pay a surprise visit to the original inventors to find out where it went wrong and re-ignite their old passion. Tailor-made support from a team of experts then helps our inventors structure a business plan, produce and market-test a prototype and coaches them how to pitch. Finally, the moment of truth arrives, in front of potential investors and industry buyers, who are ready to fund production and hit the high street. Do they have what it takes to finally realise their dream?
As soon as the dates are confirmed, we will let you know.