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Outdoor Furniture Cleaning and Care
Everyone wants outdoor furniture that lasts. With these simple care instructions, you can extend the life of the furniture you love and keep it looking good.
  • Ipe


    If you want to preserve the original color...

    Ipe is naturally a very beautiful hardwood. Remember that the original color of all woods will gray out with time when placed in outdoor environments and exposed to ultra violet rays (UV). This is a function of UV light bleaching the wood over time.
    If you want to preserve the original color of our Ipe, we recommend a simple application of Penofin Verde be applied once the original finish begins to lighten in color somewhat (1-2 months depending on your regional weather). Following this treatment, we recommend that Penofin Verde be applied once per season (table tops and other horizontal surfaces may require a second application). Remember that the wood surface needs to be clean and completely dry before applying the Penofin Verde. Depending on weather conditions, a single application of Penofin Verde should be dry to touch and ready to use within 24-48 hours.

    For the no-maintenance weathered look...
    Jensen Ipe furniture can be left outside all year long,in any conditions, and remain functional for generations to come with no maintenance whatsoever (cushions should be kept indoors during inclement weather).
    However, wood is a natural material subject to changes in the environment. The look and feel of natural wood is part of the appeal of owning wood garden furniture. Although Ipe is naturally stable, small checks in the wood surface may appear if the furniture is placed in dry or sunny environments. Superficial checking in no way affects the structural integrity and longevity of your furniture. In full sun, Ipe will naturally- weather to a grayish-silver color
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  • Teak


    How should I clean my teak furniture?

    The only maintenance necessary for your furniture is periodic cleaning. First, hose down the furniture with fresh water. Avoid spraying the teak with a high pressure hose, as high pressure can erode the surface of the timber. Next, scrub the wet furniture using a soft bristle brush and a solution of 2/3 cup laundry detergent and 1/4 cup bleach in 1 gallon of warm water. When finished, rinse the entire piece with more fresh water to remove any remaining cleaning solution. This procedure is sufficient for general cleaning. For more difficult stains we recommend using Kingsley-Bate Teak Cleaner. This will remove the silver-gray patina and restore the furniture to a golden brown color.

    How can I protect my teak table from food and drink stains?
    Kingsley-Bate's Teak Shield is a completely transparent product that makes it difficult for stains from red wine, salad oil, and coffee to penetrate wood, so that fresh spills can be wiped away with a damp cloth. We recommend applying it two or more times per year depending on use and exposure.

    How can I prevent my teak from turning silver-gray if I want to maintain the golden brown color?
    If you prefer to keep your teak wood a golden brown color, we recommend using Kingsley-Bate Teak Protector. This is a purely cosmetic application. The product will maintain the golden brown color for approximately one season and can be reapplied as needed. You should wait two weeks before applying the protector to newly assembled furniture. We strongly recommend you try it on a small area of your furniture first--such as the underside of a chair-- to ensure you like the results before applying it to the entire piece.