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Maintenance of Shorea
While oiling 1-2 times a year is not necessary, it will maintain the natural color and beauty of the wood. Untreated the wood will weather to a silver-gray patina but will not affect the structural integrity of the benches. Our teak sealer works well on this Shorea bench to maintain the wood color if you don’t want the silver color. Like teak small cracks and lifting of the grain is a natural part of the weathering process and will not effect the stability of the furniture. We do not recommend using oil on outdoor furniture because of the maintenance involved

Maintenance of Pressure Treated Pine
These swings and Adirondack furniture are hand crafted of hand selected, domestically harvested kiln-dried, pressure treated solid 1” pine lumber. Pressure treated pine is insect and rot resistant. No additional protection is needed from exposure to the weather. These latex painted chairs and swings come lightly distressed giving them the look for time-worn antiques. As they age naturally they have some additional loss of paint and some surface cracking. The exposed wood will eventually turn dark but still stay structurally sound for years adding that Charming look of much laved antique. Recoating with an outdoor latex stain can be done.

Maintenance of Mahogany
Solid mahogany, is durable and is extremely resistant to rot, decay and insects. If left outside untreated, mahogany weathers to a soft gray. Merati can last up to thirty years. Overtime, you will notice some surface cracks, checking and raised grain – all of which is normal. To preserve the new finish and beauty of the natural wood, use Seaside’s own Finishing Kit. A yearly application is recommended, this gives your furniture a very rich patina. If the furniture is used indoors, a polyurethane coat may be applied. Do not leave the furniture outside if this has been done. It is recommended that you pre-wash your furniture with a mixture of water and 10% bleach before placing it on stone or concrete. If you use your furniture in a shady area, you may see some mildew. When this occurs, use a stiff scrub brush to apply a 10% mixture of bleach and water; then hose down the furniture and place it in direct sun to dry thoroughly.

Maintenance of Red Cedar
Put a good wood preservative on these Adirondack chairs to extend the life and they may be painted or stained with any standard outdoor paints.

White Cedar
A white cedar chair will turn to a silver gray color much like teak when left as is. The manufacturer suggests that you use a clear stain, which preserves the white cedar look and adds life to any outdoor furniture. Likewise a piece can be painted with any standard outdoor paint.

Maintenance of Cypress
Bald cypress has been chosen for these cypress Adirondack chairs. Cypress is grown in and around water giving it a resistance to insects and decay. This wood contains cypressine oil, which protects the furniture for years. These chairs left natural will weather to a beautiful silver gray. The chairs come in a semi-gloss hunter green or white stain which is manufactured by Benjamin More.

This outdoor furniture is made of a high tech plastic lumber substitute and is made from recycled plastic bottles and containers. This furniture resists moisture, corrosive substances, insects and other environmental stresses. Therefore, it will not rot, mold, warp, crack or splinter. This lumber is permeated with UV stabilized coloring eliminating the need for painting and staining, waterproofing, stripping and resurfacing. Regular washing and rinsing with mild soap and water is recommended to remove dirt, body oils and other substances. For extreme cleaning needs, use all-purpose cleaners or a solution of 1/3 bleach and water. Also, vinyl outdoor furniture cleaners are very effective.

Winterizing Your Furniture
With the end of the fall and the temperature dropping, perhaps you are wondering what you should do with the furniture you have in your garden or around your pool. Well, depending on the material it is made of, you should take different steps to preserve it and to keep it in top condition. For rattan or metal furniture, the best thing to do is to put it away--perhaps in your garage or your basement. Make sure that the furniture is dry and that there isn't any water trapped in it. We recommend that you put your chairs upside down just to make sure the water is gone and to avoid freezing. Clean it thoroughly, cover it, and put it in a dry place where it won't get wet.

For wooden furniture, it depends on the kind of wood. If you have cedar or cypress furniture, you might have to put it away, following the same steps as the rattan or metal furniture, above. For teak furniture, you can put it away to protect it if you like, but you can also just leave it outside; it will be fine. In the spring you will have to clean it with water and a mild detergent, but you don't have to worry about it getting rotten or cracked. Teak is remarkably weather-proof. You might even be able to enjoy it on those calm and sunny winter days! One of the many joys of teak furniture!

As always, we invite you to visit the rest of the care and maintenance articles.

Thank you for your time and we hope our advice will help you enjoy your furniture for many more years to come. If you have any questions or comments, please send us an email. Or stop by one of our two locations for personal assistance.