Introducing Our Newest Outdoor Sectional And Everything It Has To Offer

We are proud to introduce our newest outdoor sectional, the Ventura Reclaimed Teak & Rope furniture collection. This stunning outdoor sectional uses innovative materials and combines a rustic look with sophisticated styling. This isn’t your typical patio furniture set. The Ventura collection is extremely functional and built with the finest materials and construction so that you can enjoy it for many years to come.

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Materials & More

The Ventura outdoor sectional is made with impressive materials including reclaimed teak, synthetic rope and Sunbrella® cushions. At Teak Warehouse we take materials very seriously, everything we use to build our outdoor furniture is able to withstand the elements, long lasting, durable and very high quality. Reclaimed teak, also known as recycled teak, has been previously used in buildings and floors and has now been repurposed into a stunning timber suitable for outdoor furniture. That means each piece has character that will make your furniture unique and strong.

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Our favorite and most noticeable features of the Ventura collection is the hand woven rope that beautifully wraps around the frame connecting the arms and back. This striking detail sets this collection apart and adds an element of sophistication. The rope is made of thermoplastic polypropylene fibers, which make it durable and resistant to moisture and UV rays. It has been specifically designed for outdoor use, and to be as low maintenance as possible.

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Customize Your Outdoor Sectional

The Ventura teak outdoor sectional a beautiful collection that also functions in any outdoor space no matter how large or small. At Teak Warehouse you are able to pick and choose the pieces of each collection so that you can design the shape and layout for your outdoor space. For example, you can configure our Ventura outdoor sectional into a long straight sofa, or you may like the popular corner composition. One of the best things about the Ventura collection is that it features a club chair and a love seat in addition to the sectional units. This allows you to create the outdoor space of your dreams where family and friends can gather, relax and be comfortable.

7 Fun Facts about 4th of July

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Some are easy, some pretty difficult. How many can you get right? No Googling  😉

  1. When the colonies declared their independence, who was the king of England?
  2. How many total hot dogs are consumed on July 4th each year?
  3. How did the nickname “Uncle Sam” start?
  4. How many people were living in the United States of America in 1776?
  5. How many people have BBQs or cookouts on July 4th?
  6. What is our national bird?
  7. The Declaration of Independence starts with what seven words?

How’d you do?

Impress your friends & family with your 4th of July knowledge, or have a trivia competition. 🙂

The Outdoor Furniture Team at the Teak Warehouse, wish you and yours a fabulous 4th of July weekend. Whether you are having a BBQ or cookout, entertaining in your outdoor living area with family and friends, going camping, hiking, biking, SUPing, or watching fireworks – have fun and stay safe.

Outdoor Furniture New Arrivals

Looking for designer quality outdoor furniture at warehouse prices?

Come see our marvelous new arrivals. This outdoor furniture is elegant, stylish, and relaxing. These are a must-have for your perfect outdoor living area.

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Answers

  1. When the colonies declared their independence George III was King of England
  2. On July 4th Americans consume 150 million hot dogs each year.
  3. The name “Uncle Sam” began in 1812 when a meat packer by the name of Sam Wilson delivered meat to the U. S. Army. The meat shipments were stamped with U. S. and someone joked that the initials stood for “Uncle Sam” and the name caught on.
  4. There were 2.5 million people living in the U. S.A. in 1776.
  5. Over 74 million people have BBQs or cookouts on July 4th.
  6. The bald eagle is our national bird.
  7. The first seven words of the Declaration of Independence are “When in the course of human events”.

This Isn’t Your Typical Garden Bench

We are excited to share with you the Millar Reclaimed Teak Bench. It is a majestic piece of reclaimed teak, constructed to embody the strength and elegance of teak, and designed to make a fantastic first impression. A simple glance won’t do it justice; in fact even pictures can’t capture the sheer impressiveness of this park style bench with seating for four. It is truly a bold, beautiful piece of outdoor furniture. The contemporary styling meets a traditional design to bring the traditional straight into the present.

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The subtle ergonomics of the back and seat combine beautifully with the blocky, substantial build quality and the large, wide stance of this centerpiece. It will be equally at home in a museum, as it will be on a golf course or in a large garden or observatory; regardless of where the Millar Bench ends up, it will turn heads while providing a solid seating solution to any that wander past it. The premium reclaimed teak wood is combined to make a bench that is about as impressive as you can imagine any bench to be, and it’s designed by the Gommaire team from Belgium, sold exclusively in the United States by Teak Warehouse.

This is a solid, all reclaimed teak wood bench, styled with a traditional elements that evoke a warm and inviting feel. It is a large and quite impressive outdoor bench, measuring over 100 inches long (more than 8 feet), this has a monolithic and unforgettable presence. The design work is intricate, without being overwrought and offers a few different stylistic variances to play off of, so you can place it in many spaces without fear of it not blending with other pieces.

As a Garden Bench, the Millar will age to the fine patina that teak wood is famous for, with the silvery hue and even finish, which is common of teakwood furniture and has been for centuries. Teak is the perfect natural building material for a large bench like the Millar, because it’s structural integrity and weatherproof characteristics are perfect for longevity and stability. The Millar bench is truly a legacy piece that you will likely pass on throughout the generations. Quality, class and presence never goes out of style when it comes to outdoor furniture.

Teak Warehouse is proud to offer the Millar Bench, designed by Gommaire of Belgium and offered exclusively by Teak Warehouse in the United States. Teak Warehouse has been a wholesale provider, direct to the public of fine outdoor furniture for over two decades in the United States. Teak Warehouse is proud to offer premium outdoor materials on furniture ranging from traditional, to classic to modern to contemporary and beyond. Teak Warehouse offers premium outdoor furniture made with all outdoor materials.

Click here to see more details about the Millar Bench

 

 

New outdoor furniture designs have arrived for Summer 2016

Summer is right around the corner and now is the time to get inspired and plan your outdoor space. Whether you need all new outdoor furniture, two relaxing chairs, a garden bench or just a few accent pieces to freshen up your look. Getting the most out of your outdoor space and using it every day is the goal, from your first cup of coffee to your last nightcap under the stars.

New outdoor furniture styles have arrived at the Teak Warehouse showroom just in time for summer. A fast favorite is the Natalie Rope Relaxing Chair. The original Natalie Relaxing Chair in wicker was and still is very popular, but the new Rope version brings a fresh look that we love.

The Natalie Rope Relaxing chair has been carefully designed and features handwoven rope around a powder coated steel frame. The rope strands are made of thermoplastic polypropylene fibers, which are perfect for outdoor use as it durable and strong. The airy weave is interesting and very stylish. The frame and rope seat is then topped with two Sunbrella® cushions that make it very comfortable.

The Natalie Rope Relaxing Chair is the perfect example of a comfortable chair that will instantly revitalize your outdoor space this summer. It’s fresh and fun and a great choice for this summer.

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Synthetic Outdoor Wicker Furniture-Everything You Need to Know

What is synthetic outdoor wicker?

Synthetic outdoor wicker is a fiber made from resins and extruded to resemble natural fibers and materials. It is built to be completely weather and solar resistant so the outdoor furniture lasts longer and looks the same as when new. Additionally, synthetic wicker has a natural ability to shed dirt and dust, making it exceptionally well suited to those who require low maintenance materials/furniture.

Synthetic outdoor wicker is a spectacular material choice for outdoor furniture. With the continual advancement in technology across premium material providers, this fiber has become a truly versatile and beautiful choice.

Teak Warehouse utilizes only ultra-premium outdoor wicker materials, including those from Viro®, Rehau® and Ecolene®.

Each manufacturer produces their own unique fiber with characteristics that are perfect for long-lasting, beautiful outdoor furniture. But what is synthetic wicker; why would you choose synthetic over natural and what are the qualities of such a fiber?

SHOP for Outdoor Furniture including Synthetic Outdoor Wicker Furniture

We’d like to answer all of your synthetic wicker questions.

close up of Kubu colored synthetic outdoor wicker fiber

Why is synthetic often preferable to natural outdoor wicker?

Natural materials are beautiful and often have ecological benefits associated with them (if sourced sustainably). But when it comes to the realities of nature, the usage of outdoor furniture, and the need for products that last a long time in adverse conditions, natural wickers more often than not, fall flat.

Natural materials in wicker furniture are much more susceptible to moisture damage and UV damage. They look wonderful for a couple years and then the effects of constant UV exposure and moisture retention are manifested in the faded colors, cracked surfaces and stretching on your furniture pieces. Synthetic outdoor wicker closely resembles the look of natural wicker fibers, and retains the best qualities of the finest natural wickers (springiness without mushiness; tight weave patterns and strength). Synthetic outdoor wicker also is immune to the harsh outdoor environmental effects that harm natural fibers. UV light is not a problem for synthetic wickers. It is made from the same resin composites that the finest automobile manufacturers use for their dashboards, which are expected to be exposed to sunlight 12 hours a day 365 days a year. It is also a sophisticated material that retains no moisture, meaning there is not an opportunity for rot, mildew, weakness or expansion. Natural fibers cannot boast these same capabilities.

light natural looking synthetic outdoor wicker woven fibers

Technology in outdoor wicker has been so good as to afford the most natural looking product ever. New textures, extrusion processes and colors with more depth, bring a new dimension to synthetic fibers for high-end furniture. Additionally, colors that were previously never available give a different approach, with vibrant and variable color schemes allowing for placement of outdoor furniture in more modern and contemporary settings than previously possible.

Perhaps the most overlooked aspect of synthetic fibers when comparing to natural products is the ability to act like natural materials, while being able to retain the lowest possible maintenance schedule and the least amount of care to keep it in optimum condition. Because the synthetic fibers don’t absorb moisture or degrade in sunlight due to UV rays, they last much longer than natural fibers.

This makes synthetic outdoor wicker furniture a perfect choice for commercial applications, part time tenant homes and estates and for those who simply don’t want to have a rigorous maintenance requirement. Often times, a semi-annual rinse down with clean water is all these synthetic outdoor wicker furniture pieces need.

This low maintenance adds to synthetic outdoor wicker’s long list of properties to make it unique in the world of outdoor furniture. It is approachable and forgiving; can withstand wild variations and extremes in weather and outdoor conditions; is easy to care for, looks amazing and lasts a long time without any noticeable degradation in integrity or looks.

Consumers want great looking, great feeling outdoor furniture that doesn’t require hours and hours of maintenance and which do not lose important capabilities due to weather fluctuations. High end Synthetic outdoor Wicker does that.

Teak Warehouse uses only top tier synthetic wicker fibers made by Viro®, Rehau® and Ecolene®, because we know and trust the brands and the fibers have an impressive track record around the world.

flat weave synthetic outdoor wicker

How is outdoor wicker furniture constructed?

We weave the high end fibers made by Viro®, Rehau® or Ecolene® onto welded, custom fabricated aluminum and Steel Frames, powder-coated to protect against corrosion and to provide a cohesive look. Our master craftspeople have many years of experience and operate in factories in areas world renown for the weaving arts. We use materials that are built to handle extreme outdoor conditions and we finish them for style, functionality and long-term ownership.

Some of the uses for our high-end outdoor wicker is as internal coating for the dashboards of vehicles. This has had a different extrusion method to get the look and feel of leather fabric. The minimum heat testing parameters for these fibers was intense and it has been proven to be a worthwhile test: these fibers have now survived many years of use in the harshest of climates.

The use of synthetic fibers is now being developed in Italy as an outdoor fabric. This is also a different extrusion method, whereas the fiber is made the size of cotton then made into bolts of fabric. Teak Warehouse was one of the first to introduce this amazing material on our outdoor seating collections and private label ranges; it has been met with with great success.

Why Viro® synthetic outdoor wicker?

Viro® is a super natural looking and feeling fiber. It is an innovative fiber capable of mimicking natural fibers in appearance and feel. Viro® has a natural feel and flex that makes it super comfortable and easy to love. The natural color tones are full of depth and really do make the fiber appear as close to natural as possible. The unique color blends have the tendency to be able to bring together varied color palettes in spaces with existing furniture or where the background is a complicated scene of color and imagery.

Why Rehau® synthetic outdoor wicker?

Rehau® is like Viro® with the exception the colors tend to be bright and reflective, also they show earth tones and these are very flexible and stable fibers. The consistency and finished look of Rehau® fibers makes it a beautiful and versatile synthetic outdoor wicker. The variations of round fibers and flat make Rehau® an excellent fiber for those who want subtlety in style and design in their space while being able to ensure the long-term durability of their furniture in fluctuating outdoor conditions.

Why Ecolene® synthetic outdoor wicker?

Ecolene® is all about vibrant colors and new looks for Synthetic outdoor wicker. You can find a color palette unlike any other in the Ecolene® range, with bright colors becoming essentially a trademark for the company. Ecolene® also offers beautiful surface finish variations to help a customer, custom tailor the outdoor furniture to their exact needs. From smooth extrusions for minimalist and modern or contemporary settings in bold colors, to textured surface finishes with subtle colors for those who need more blending and less impact from a piece or a collection. Teak Warehouse has many gorgeous pieces of outdoor furniture made with the innovative Ecolene® fiber; all wound tightly around powder-coated metal frames to ensure long life, good looks and solid feel.

colorful green synthetic outdoor wicker

What can I expect from a maintenance perspective with synthetic outdoor wicker?

As mentioned earlier, synthetic outdoor wicker is a wonderful material for those who detest maintenance schedules and expensive cleaners. You basically need water to clean and maintain the synthetic outdoor wicker furniture we sell. Even then, it doesn’t have to be cleaned that often. 15-30 minutes twice a year will keep your outdoor furniture looking brand new.

Click for detailed information on Cleaning and Caring for your Synthetic Outdoor Wicker Furniture.

Teak Warehouse knows that building furniture that lasts an exceptionally long time, with designs that are timeless and service that is spectacular, is the way to cultivating a wonderful relationship with our clients. Synthetic outdoor wicker made by Viro®, Rehau® and Ecolene®; woven by our craftsmen and utilizing designs like we have in our portfolio delivers on all these concepts gives the look of natural fibers, the longevity to last generations and the maintenance you desire in a single portfolio of outdoor furniture.

Be aware of the source of your outdoor wicker. Always ask where the wicker is made. Be clear about the manufacturer’s name so you can research its durability, reputation and history. Use a recognizable, proven brand and you can rest assured your outdoor wicker furniture will give you years of satisfaction and good looks.

The outdoor wicker industry is full of fiber weaves that do not stand the test of time. It’s unfortunate that many of these substandard examples can be seen in public commercial use. This is obviously not desirable. When choosing the right outdoor wicker, the highest quality is the best option, it is more expensive in the beginning but not in the long run.

Use the following links to find Outdoor Wicker Furniture:

General Information about Our Outdoor Wicker Furniture

SHOP for Gorgeous Wicker Deep Seating Outdoor Furniture

SHOP all our Outdoor Furniture

A-Grade Teak: Information and Why All The Fuss About A Grade Teak?

What is A-Grade Teak and why is this grade recommended as the premium wood for outdoor furniture

The Quick answer is this: A Grade Teak is the premium center cut of the teak timber and makes up about 30-40% of the timber. It is cut from Teak trees 40 plus years old, and will not have discolorations, knots or variations common to lesser quality teak. The grain of this wood will be tight and even, the color will be consistent and warm with honey and golden wheat tones, and the compounds of the wood will be highly resistant to outdoor conditions, bugs and moisture retention.

Teak wood is a hardwood that offers incredible benefits over other natural materials for use in outdoor furniture, due to the natural compounds that exist in the wood. Natural rubbers and oils help to protect this hardwood from UV damage, moisture and pest damage and help it to continue to look good many years after you put it into use.

A-Grade teak (also called Grade-A; super Grade A or triple Grade-A) is a premium natural material for outdoor furniture because it offers the finest protection and incredible good looks. The natural tendency for A-Grade teak is to patina beautifully into a silvery-grey look, which develops over time in natural conditions including Sunlight and ambient moisture. The integrity of teak wood allows it to weather gracefully, but also maintain its integrity so as not to degrade like other, lesser grades of teak or other hardwoods and softwoods.

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The Difference between A-Grade, B-Grade and C-Grade Teak

A-Grade teak is incredibly uniform in color, finish and hardness. There is a very tiny allowance for knots or discoloration. More often than not with true A-Grade teak wood, such variations in wood grain don’t occur. A-Grade teak will have a naturally oily feel to it, and have a warm glow and an even color palette consisting of honey, wheat, gold, and amber. To further explain the lack of discoloration and knots in premium center cut A-Grade teak: Knots are remnants of branches. In old growth teak, the branches are much further away from the heartwood. Therefore: where a knot would have existed, there might only be a slight, linear, grain pattern variation and a line denoting the variation. There will not be the typical round knot in such center wood. In younger trees, these may manifest as true knots with a round shape, because there has not been enough development in the wood or enough heartwood to avoid knots and variations. True A-Grade teak is cut from mature trees and mature trees only.

The A-Grade portion of the tree is the very heartwood of the tectona grandis tree. It represents the most difficult teak wood to source and is also, by far the most expensive. It can represent up to about 40% of the diameter of the tree, depending on the age of the tree; the younger the tree, the less A-grade teak that can be harvested. All trees grown in Indonesia are milled at around 40 years old. This allows for stable growth perfect for manufacturing outdoor furniture. It is very well-known in the timber industry – any trees that are significantly younger will be less stable. Additionally: Country of origin of the teak wood, is a pertinent question to ask your wood merchant or reseller.

B-grade teak is a lower quality teak, with characteristically higher volume of color variation, inclusion of variances like knots and grain twisting, and a less dense grain. It is noticeably less consistent and dense than A-Grade teak. Often you might find color differences moving from occasional tan splashes, and large darker patches, coming together with large grey and black veins between them. B-Grade teak appears to mimic the same type of wild variation as other woods like olive wood. The pattern is not consistent, and the overall capabilities of the wood for use in outdoor furniture, from a performance perspective are obviously lessened. Often ashy and powdery residues can form on B-Grade teak, creating an awkward finish; these residues might be grey, white or black. B-Grade teak often has fillers, to compensate for knots that have fallen out or for inconsistencies in the wood grain. Fillers are obvious when the wood is examined up close. B and C grade woods come from the outer core of the tree where the wood is white and sappy or they are near the outer bark of the tree truck where there will be darker markings and more open grained wood.

C-Grade and D Grade teak is usually reserved for use in trinkets from small villages near the forests where teak is cultivated. It is especially low quality teak and is often referred to as sapwood. It is not suitable for legitimate outdoor furniture usage. It has variances that are drastic; in color, figure, density and stability. Often this grade of teak wood is darker, such that it resembles an almost reddish or deep brown color and has inclusions that are undesirable both in integrity and from a visual perspective.

Reclaimed teak by definition of the fact that it is not new manufacture A-Grade teak, cannot be classified as A-Grade, though that does not necessarily mean that the original selection was not from A-Grade stock. Reclaimed teak has grown in popularity of late.

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Why would I want machine made teak outdoor furniture?

Often there is a concept and discussion that handmade products are superior to machine made products. Specifically in the Outdoor furniture market, this is NOT the case. Sure, we can all appreciate a very high end, custom piece of furniture, but those that offer such craftsmanship cannot offer consistency throughout many product lines and products. These one-off custom pieces are often many thousands of dollars as well.

Machine milling and using computer controlled tooling is essential to creating the tight construction quality and accurate dimensions that make for long-lasting and beautiful pieces of outdoor furniture. For those who are familiar with teak wood products, you might also be aware that there is a trend for anything not machine-crafted, to be made from lower quality teak.

Such lower quality pieces are not built to be used in varying conditions and certainly are not up to par in the quality of our manufacturing and standards of teak furniture made the way we have produced thousands of pieces of furniture over many years. We use machinery to produce the cuts, angles, joinery and planed surfaces of our A-Grade teak. When we have produced a perfect product, we then pass that along to our master craftsmen to build and finish the product into a stunning piece of furniture you see when you buy our outdoor furniture. It is this hand crafting that shows the quality of a true master craftsperson. Otherwise, generally speaking: “handmade” teak furniture is usually not quality.

What is kiln drying and why does it matter with Teak?

Kiln drying removes excess moisture to ensure that dimensions and weight, uniformity and consistency of the timber is all within a tight range of deviation. This means you get a product with accurate dimensions; a beautiful and consistent looking product, and one which showcases the best qualities that teak has to offer.

Our oven kiln drying occurs before the final dimension/shaping production on teak timbers to ensure that any shrinkage and moisture variance issues are controlled. Additionally, it helps the wood to avoid warping and cracking.

We kiln dry our wood in kiln ovens which are measured to result in approximately an 8% moisture content. The wood is then tested for moisture content again before construction to approximately a 10 to 12% moisture content, you won’t have moisture issues with the wood and you’ll be receiving the best quality teak available. The computer controlled tooling we use on our furniture will be able to achieve the most accurate dimensions and our master craftsmen will be able to produce the finest finish.

Why is it important to source teak from certain sources?

Teak is a valuable hardwood, with a lot of varied uses. What’s most important for the purposes of A-Grade teak and Outdoor Furniture use, is the plantation standards, the history of the production and the sustainability of such practices. Only from the best plantations and sustainability practices, can you yield the best product. We use wood sourced from Javanese plantations in Indonesia, under the control of the Indonesian government called the Perum Perhutani. The Javanese teak plantations are centuries old plantation tracts, with mature, old growth teak trees being harvested for timbers. The Dutch, in the colonial environment around the 1840’s, originally planted the forests; the reforestation effort is very responsibly and thoughtfully planned out. The Indonesian Government is very strict in controlling the output of these plantations and they impose very strict requirements to be able to bid on such fine teak wood. There is no other growth/production center of teak for commercial consumption that produces a finer timber than these forests. And most importantly the high restrictions and regulations for felling of trees is so incredibly important to our global environment.

Recently, other countries in suitable climates have begun to grow tectona grandis, but the quality is lacking comparatively, as the trees are milled at a younger age. The tendency outside of Indonesia, is for agencies to approve the cutting down of young trees, unsuitable for high grade timbers. This is evident in the cut rate pricing and the inferior quality of the wood. Generally speaking, manufacturers willing to produce teak outdoor furniture from lesser quality teak are likely to produce an inferior product by design as well.

Is there anything else like Teak Wood?

If you want a natural product and desire the wonderful benefits showcased above, then no, you won’t be able to find a hardwood with the same benefits, the gorgeous look of teak or the longevity of premium center cut A-Grade teak. It is truly in a class of its own. You can find capable Synthetic materials when it comes to outdoor performance (like weather resistance and UV resistance), but it’s not a natural product like teak wood.

Also, you can find beautiful hardwoods that aren’t teak, but you will not get the low maintenance of teak wood or the longevity of A-Grade teak. Teak is a perfect wood for outdoor furniture because it looks amazing and it weathers incredibly well, has durability and good looks and has an impeccable track record of performance over time.

Teak has been the preferred material for yacht decks and furniture, outdoor furniture (like park benches and landmarks) and specialty installations because there isn’t another wood that offers so many wide-ranging benefits or looks as good doing it. A-Grade teak is the highest quality version of teakwood, it represents the absolute pinnacle of teak wood specimens.

TIP: Beware of furniture merchants selling teak outdoor furniture with a finish. Always purchase teak furniture with no finish, so you can see what you are buying.

You can visit the following links for more information on Teak or to shop for true A-Grade Teak Furniture:

SHOP FOR A-GRADE TEAK OUTDOOR FURNITURE

SHOP ALL OUTDOOR FURNITURE

OUR TEAK ABOUT/CARE PAGE

GENERAL OUTDOOR FURNITURE FAQ’S

How to Clean Stainless Steel

How to clean stainless steel

It’s great to learn about this material, the grades of stainless steel available,  and especially methods recommended by experts on how to maintain and clean stainless steel. If you are interested in more supporting information please read on.

Teak Warehouse doesn’t recommend using any harsh chemicals to clean stainless steel. Chloride derived cleaners; as well as bleaches, should be completely avoided. In fact, because stainless steel is such a versatile material, you will likely need some advise on how to keep it’s appearance stunning.

Keeping your stainless steel looking beautiful can take a few minutes a week by performing a simple wipe down with a dry microfiber cloth; this will prevent most cloudy (minimal) corrosion.  Microfiber cloths are available at most home improvement stores or even at electronics stores. These cloths are delicate and the material essentially grips dirt at the molecular level to avoid the need for cleaners. Often times, water is enough to clean with, if using a microfiber towel.

More often than not, you’ll typically be cleaning stainless steel once every 6-12 months with soap and water, depending on your own environment and, unless you are in particularly harsh conditions (like direct salt air environments, around certain trees that produce sap in your garden; close to the coast or sailing on the ocean), this regimen will be enough to maintain the beauty of your furniture.

In this video, Eduardo, General Manager for Teak Warehouse talks about how to clean stainless steel furniture:

Many of our customers mention products made by 3M, as great products for their stainless steel.  This well-respected company with decades of experience in renewing the original look of Stainless steel components. Remember: if you choose to use chemical cleaners in some extreme cases then do so; 3M products are among the most respected products for cleaning stainless steel on the market.

Please take a look at the video to see our  recommendations.

If using 316 marine grade stainless steel you could experience “tea” staining especially if you do not wash this outdoor product and take care of it. Our 316 will not rust using the above methods for cleaning. This is the highest grade available for the marine industry and our teak furniture. It is the most expensive but also the best available.

If you have lower grades of stainless, such as 304 the risk of rust is there, especially if there is no maintenance and there is a greater risk if these lessor grades are not electro polished.  Therefore the quality of  the grade and manufacture and considering the environments where the furniture will be used are priorities when purchasing this material.

 

How to clean Stainless Steel of Hard Water Marks

To clean hard water marks (if you didn’t wipe down the stainless steel after spraying it with the garden hose, for instance), you can use a mild 15-25% vinegar to water solution. This is made using roughly 3 parts water, 1 part vinegar after cleaning with this solution, be sure to rinse with clean water and wipe to dry.

 

A bit of information about 316 Marine Grade Steel

316 Stainless is an alloy of stainless steel that uses a higher content of molybdenum and nickel. Simply put, it is these components, which allow this grade (called “marine grade”) of stainless to enjoy more strength and corrosion resistance. Regular stainless steel (or lower grades, like 302 or 304) are similar in appearance but don’t have as much resistance to scratching, pitting, denting and/or corroding.

What you need to know is that for the series of stainless which sees the most commercial usage: 316 represents the top tier and most desirable characteristics and beauty.

Teak Warehouse uses only high quality 316 stainless steel in its products featuring stainless steel and for many pieces of hardware on its teak furniture.  Among the reasons for using 316 Stainless steel are the corrosion resistance properties, long-life and good looks. Stainless steel as a material is not completely immune to corrosion, but it offers excellent characteristics for all but the harshest environments. That said: Stainless steel for  outdoor furniture  use offers a nearly unbeatable option for both good looks, and great wear characteristics.

You can see just how beautiful this stainless steel is when you look at the stark contrast in one of our pieces that highlight both materials (teak and stainless). The warm tones of the wood look so inviting against the backdrop of the cold metallic surface of the 316. Our furniture uses this grade of stainless steel, because we believe that all furniture should be built to last and designed to make a big impression. Marine grade stainless steel stays good looking for longer and is easier to maintain and provides the best possible build quality.

 

Clean Stainless Steel is beautiful

When your stainless steel begins to get dirty, it is often in the form of cloudiness on the surface, compared to the original luster and surface grain pattern you saw when you first used your furniture.

While you don’t need to wait until stainless steel gets noticeably dirty to clean it, you can definitely use that as an indicator of how often you might need to plan to clean it, to maintain the look you love.

One concept is certain: clean and well maintained stainless steel is far more beautiful, statement making and inviting than the cloudy or otherwise dirty stainless steel you might find in neglected pieces. While stainless steel starts with a leg up on most materials for the length of time it can stay clean, it does require some attention. Using the simple techniques above (and in the accompanying video) is our recommendation on how to clean stainless steel.

 

Cafe: The Perfect Teak Folding Table and Chairs

Looking for the Perfect Teak Folding Table and chairs? The Cafe Collection is an ambient new collection available at Teak Warehouse. Ambient, because you’ve seen and experienced the best attributes of the set before many times in the market place. Eye catching because of its unique beauty.

You’ve seen it on the sidewalks in front of bistros and coffee shops in the busy bustling city of  Paris or your favorite local café just a walk up the street. It’s been so integral to the feel and ambience of the places you sipped cafe au lait, or enjoyed a nice chat with a perfect stranger. The whole collection is reminiscent of afternoons stolen away through a good cup of coffee and a classic novel. Where does the time go when you’re enjoying a carefree and comfortable moment on a chair so inviting or a table so perfect for the setting?

This collection is solid and made to last.  The entire set conveys a simple elegance that is found in timeless pieces.

The powder coated steel frames pair so nicely, in their semi-gloss silver color with the warm, even tones of the teak seating and table surfaces. This is a set of outdoor furniture that fits so well in so many places, you’ll surely feel it’s at home in your garden as much as you’ll be convinced it’s perfect in your breezeway or garden. Tight on space? Try the Cafe Collection in your Breakfast nook for a European feel that is hard to find with more mainstream pieces.

Not that you’d want to ever put these pieces in storage, but the Cafe chairs and tables do fold  in case you need to change up the look of your patio for seasonal reasons. The entire feel doesn’t only reminisce that of bustling metropolitan Europe; you just as easily find a similar style on your favorite wine tasting terrace or in front of that iconic Ice Cream parlor. The most important thing to remember is that the look and versatility are so interchangeable and the value of these pieces is so immediate, that no matter where you put them, they make perfect sense.

The Cafe Collection’s smooth, cold steel and warm, inviting teak make for a harmonious style, perfect for your garden, under your veranda, indoors in the dining area or in spaces like your terrace.

This grouping is showcased below as a set, highlighting the interplay between the beautiful powder-coated steel  and the warm cozy teak that looks great everywhere. The pieces work incredibly well  in their own combinations.

 Teak Folding Table

THIS SET CONSISTS OF 4 CAFE INSPIRED PIECES

1. Cafe Teak Folding Arm Chair

2. Cafe Teak Folding Side Chair

3. Cafe Round Teak Folding Table

4. Cafe Rectangle Teak Folding Table

We’ve made it our promise to always deliver perfectly built and fully assembled outdoor furniture to our valued customers. The sense of pride we get when we see our furniture, all together and in it’s new environment.  We can only imagine its the same feeling you receive your delivery.  Our furniture is always delivered using our white glove service so it’s ready to enjoy the moment you recieve it.

Each of the following pieces are part of the Cafe grouping and each has it’s own unique attributes and presence; we invite you to look closer at each piece to see how well each works for you.

 

Cafe Teak Folding Arm Chair

This chair is so quintessentially part of the cafe setting that you’re sure you’ve experienced its cozy ambience before. This chair is not to be forgotten, it’s got a stunning contrast between cold metal and warm teak  stunning curves that showcases both it’s big looks and slim profile.

Teak Folding Arm Chair

Cafe Teak Folding Side Chair

This teak side chair is a perfect choice for it’s open feel and tiny footprint makes it an excellent piece for seating in small spaces. Also very easy on the eye with its plain traditional simple design

Teak Folding Chair

Cafe Round Teak Folding Table

This table speaks of coffee and sandwiches.  Everything about the piece sings about its usefulness and petit good looks. The frame mates perfectly with the clean and soft feel of the teak tabletop. Rubber foot pads protect your garden or tile depending on where you choose to display this wonderful table.

Teak Folding Table

Cafe Rectangle Teak Folding Table

This teak folding table is more substantial in its surface area and provides a family of four easily with enough room to do whatever they could imagine. It’s also at home with a late night, pouring over documents or even just an enjoyable coffee for two. The rigid steel frame is softened in appearance by the soft ambience of the teak, making it an instant conversation piece.

Teak Folding Table