Garden Furniture Service

Recycled and reclaimed teak.

The collection of Life Outdoor Living is made from recycled teak; this is a purely natural product, meaning the wood is given a second life. Because this is a recycled natural product, every individual table has its own structure and look. Disparity in measurements and the structure are properties of the wood; this means that every product is unique. Recycled teak has a natural appearance and develops a beautiful silver grey shade. Scratches, dents, cracks, knots, filling or other damage is inherent in recycled teak and these do not have an impact on the life span. Normal use of the product will result in small cracks (hairline cracks) and openings appearing in the wood; this does not detract from the quality or the life span of the table, but to the contrary is characteristic of the charm of this product.

All of the wood used in our teak wood garden furniture has been obtained legally from sources such as teak plantations, recycled sources in Indonesia, by procuring this from renowned suppliers, who are certified through the SVLK (Sistem Verifikasi Legalitas Kayu), or by a legal audit system for the wood that is obtained.

If you would like to receive more information about this, you will find this at the website shown below: https://www.vwa.nl/onderwerpen/regels-voor-ondernemers-consumentenartikelen/dossier/hout-importeren/over-flegt

Maintenance

Greywash teak

In principle, Teak greywash does not have to be treated, because through the effects of the weather, the wood slowly turns a silver grey colour, similar to the appearance that the wood currently has.  We do recommend that the furniture is treated with Life Outdoor Living Teak Shield. This product is colourless and also provides a protective layer, meaning that dirt and stains cannot be absorbed by the furniture, this also helps to reduce the formation of algae. To clean your furniture, we recommend using Life Teak Cleaner. (Under no circumstances should a high-pressure washer be used). Never clean the table using harsh detergents. If you nevertheless wish to use a different detergent, always test the effect of this in a hidden spot.

General - teak

Because of the effects of the weather, the wood slowly turns a silver grey shade. If you would like to prevent this, a number of agents are available which will help.

Life Outdoor Living Teak cleaner, for intensive cleaning of weathered teak wood, which will kill fungi and algae within the teak wood. Simply follow the instructions on the bottle and the colour will be restored. Because it takes some time and effort to clean teak, we recommend using Life Outdoor Living Teak Protector or Shield, to prevent weathering.

  • Life Outdoor Living Teak protector is a modern treatment for teak. It is easy to apply and has a long-lasting effect. The treatment protects your teak and makes it look beautiful by ensuring that the natural warm colour of teak is retained for longer. The protector prevents your teak from becoming black or grey during the entire season. Furthermore, it protects your teak against the sun. First clean the furniture using the Life Outdoor Living Teak cleaner.
  • Life Outdoor Living Teak Shield is a maintenance product that can be applied immediately after purchase. It is based on synthetic polymers which have water and dirt-repellent properties and is resistant to algae and fungi growth. If you wish to allow your furniture to develop the silver grey colour and you wish to prevent stains, it is best to use the Teak Shield.

We strongly advise against using a protective cover for Teak wood, as this can encourage the growth of fungi.

Stainless steel

The stainless steel garden furniture of Life Outdoor Living is produced using Stainless Steel Class 304. Despite the fact that stainless steel is known to be a material that does not rust, a light form of oxidation can occur. To ensure that no oxidation occurs on your furniture, you can use the Life Outdoor Living Stainless Steel Cleaner & Polisher. However, if oxidation has already occurred, this must first be removed using Life Outdoor Living Rust Remover.

Maintenance

If stainless steel is exposed to the outdoor air which contains salt or chlorine vapours (for example, within a radius of 15 km from the sea or close to a swimming pool), rust can soon develop on the surface of stainless steel. In these circumstances, absolutely no products would completely prevent rust formation, but the Life Outdoor Living Stainless Steel Cleaner & Polisher will significantly delay the occurrence of this rust formation. Better protection therefore means less maintenance.

Life Outdoor Living Stainless Steel Rust Remover cleans weathered stainless steel and restores the original, new appearance of stainless steel. If you have rust deposits on your stainless steel, usually the stainless steel itself is not affected by the rust, but just oxidised steel particles on the surface of the stainless steel.   Using this rust remover and a little work, these rust deposits can be removed easily and quickly.

 Instructions for use Stainless Steel Cleaner & Polisher

  • Shake the bottle well before use and apply a thin layer using a clean, dry cloth.
  • This will result in a dull layer.
  • Using a soft, clean, dry cloth, polish this until it starts to shine

(Some stainless steel surfaces may require a second treatment).

 

Aluminium

Aluminium is a material that is often used in the Life garden furniture collections. Aluminium has many advantages when used outdoors, as it does not rust and it is lightweight. When this is used outdoors, (slight) surface dirt and a light form of corrosion may develop. However, this is not absorbed into the product, is not permanent in nature and can easily be removed.

 

Maintenance

In terms of maintenance, only water with a soft soap is required. Avoid using abrasive or harsh products and/or sponges. Our range also includes Life Outdoor Living Aluminium Cleaner, for intensive cleaning.

Instructions for use Aluminium Cleaner
 

This cleaner is ready to use and can be applied directly to the furniture.

Allow the cleaner to take effect for 30 seconds.

Remove any dirt with a sponge or a soft scourer. Rinse the surface with water. A second treatment may be required..

Cushions

All Weather cushions

Life works with All Weather Cushions. An All Weather cushion (developed by LIFE) is a cushion that can be left outdoors throughout the entire season. These cushions are produced from high-quality synthetic products; when it rains the water goes through the cushion cover and into the inner cushion. By pressing down on the cushion or placing the cushions on their sides, the cushions will be dry in a relatively short period of time.

Maintenance

To clean the inner cushions, you remove the cushion cover and clean the inner cushion using a mild detergent. You can clean the cushion cover with Life Outdoor Living Textilene and Wicker Cleaner, this is a non-foaming cleaner for open-woven fabrics and wicker.

The outer cover can also be cleaned at 30 degrees in the washing machine, with a small amount of laundry detergent. The advice is then to only wash 1 cover at a time.

Instructions for use Textilene and Wicker Cleaner

  • The cleaner is ready to use and can be sprayed directly onto the furniture.
  • Allow the cleaner to take effect for 30 seconds.
  • Remove the dirt with a sponge or soft scourer.
  • Rinse the surface with water.

 Sunbrella cushions

The Sunbrella cushions can also remain outdoors for the entire season; the fabric feels like an "ordinary" interior fabric, but has the properties which allow it to remain outdoors in all weather conditions.

One of the best ways of ensuring that your Sunbrella Textilene continues to look good and to postpone extensive maintenance or a major clean is to maintain the fabric correctly. You do this by immediately wiping off any dirt and stains before they are absorbed by the fabric.

General and minor maintenance

Immediately wipe away the dirt and stains using a soft brush or cloth.

Thorough cleaning:

  • Create a detergent solution using 60 ml of mild soap and 4 litres of tepid water (below 40 degrees Celsius).
  • Clean using a soft brush and allow the solution to soak into the fabric for a short while.
  • Rinse thoroughly and then allow the fabric to dry in the open air. 

Even more thorough cleaning for stubborn stains and fungi.

Sunbrella fabrics are specially treated to prevent fungus growth. Nevertheless, fungi can still grow on dirt or other foreign substances that remain on the fabric.

This is how you remove fungi or other stubborn stains:

  • Create a solution using 240 ml of liquid bleach and 60 ml of mild soap for 4 litres of clean water. Spray the solution onto the fabric and allow this to soak into the fabric for a short while.
  • Scrub thoroughly using a soft brush, rinse thoroughly and then allow the fabric to dry in the open air. If you have to remove stubborn stains or fungal growth, you can add more bleach.

 Stofplus and Olefin cushions

These cushions are made from polyester and are treated with a UV protective coating, however this does not mean that the cushions are 100% colour-fast.

It won't matter if the cushions get wet once or twice, but these are not All Weather cushions and it is recommended that these are stored away.

Regularly spray on the protective layer to protect against dirt and stains using Stofplus Protector, to retain the protective layer.

Instructions for use Stofplus Protector

  • Clean the outer cover using a mild soap to remove all stains. Or wash the outer cover in the washing machine at 30 degrees.
  • Make sure that the outer cover dries fully.
  • Spray this Protector onto the fabric until this has soaked into the fabric.
  • Then rub into the fabric thoroughly using a soft, clean, dry cloth.
  • Make sure that the outer cover dries fully before it is used.
  • If necessary, an additional layer of Protector can be applied.

 All Life cushions are packed in a removable cover, a bag with handle and have a protective UV coating.   We advise storing the cushions (dry and clean) in these covers if these are not to be used for a longer period of time (such as during the winter).

Wicker

Wicker is a synthetic rattan weave. All of the furniture is hand woven over an aluminium frame, to create a fully weather resistant product. By using realistic colours and 100% hand-craft, there may be subtle differences in the colour, thickness and in the weave. This characterises and reinforces the "natural" look of the garden furniture. Our woven garden furniture is weather resistant. The fibre used to make the furniture is UV resistant, which means that this fibre is colour-fast and will not harden. You can therefore leave the furniture outdoors throughout the year.

 

Maintenance

To combat the discolouration, ageing and weathering of the wicker weave garden furniture, you can use a Life Outdoor Living Textilene and Wicker Cleaner with a powerful UV filter. This gives the material a beautiful sheen and long-lasting protection and leaves behind an invisible protective layer.

Instructions for use Textilene and Wicker Cleaner

  • The cleaner is ready to use and can be sprayed directly onto the furniture.
  • Allow the cleaner to take effect for 30 seconds.
  • Remove the dirt with a sponge or soft scourer.
  • Rinse the surface with water.

Matching protective covers are available for our wicker weave furniture, to give the furniture extra protection during the winter months against the effects of the weather.

 

High Pressure Laminate (HPL)

High Pressure Laminate has a hard top layer made from melamine resin and there is therefore a high level of abrasion resistance and wear resistance.

The surface is smooth and does not absorb any water or dirt, meaning it is very hygienic and easy to keep clean.

Take care when using hot objects, such as pans, so always use a coaster. Never use harsh (liquid) scouring agents or scouring sponges; a mild soap solution and a soft cloth is sufficient for removing dirt.

Because of the highly hygienic surface, HPL does not require any special care, however dirt and stains should preferably be removed immediately. For intensive maintenance, an HPL Protector can be used.

Instructions for use HPL Protector

  • First of all, clean your furniture thoroughly using our Wicker and Textilene Cleaner.
  • Shake the bottle well before use and then spray a thin layer onto the material. Allow this to dry for 3 minutes.
  • Then rub into the fabric thoroughly using a soft, clean, dry cloth.

Spraystone

Spraystone is a mixture of ground natural stone and high-quality resin sprayed onto a glass plate. Because this mixture is sprayed professionally as a layer onto a table top made from safety glass, this results in a lightweight look-alike hard stone table top, which cannot be distinguished from genuine hard stone.

The surface can be cleaned using tepid water and a soft sponge (NEVER use  harsh detergents). Our Life Outdoor Spraystone Protector allows you to apply an extra protective layer.

In addition, do not leave products on the table for longer periods of time, such as wax candles/tealights, which can become hot and which can cause irremovable stains.

Instructions for use Spraystone Protector:

First use our Natural Stone Cleaner to remove all stains and allow the table to fully dry.

  • Shake the Protector properly before use.
  • When applying, the temperature must be between 5 and 25 degrees Celsius. Therefore, make sure that the Spraystone is not too warm during application.
  • Apply the Protector by dabbing onto the surface.
  • The Spraystone is not water-repellent until the Protector has hardened for two days. Make sure that, during these two days, the table top is kept free from direct sunlight and moisture.
  • Repeat at least once a year. 

 

Plastic/Polyethylene

The Life Outdoor Living lamps are produced using rotational molding. Rotational molding involves heating a synthetic powder in a mould without the use of power. A mould is filled with thermoplastic powder, polyethylene (PE) and closed, then these are put into an oven and by rotating the mould around two perpendicular axes, the plastic melts against the wall of the mould, so this takes on the shape of the mould - in this case, a chair or a lamp. As soon as this has cooled down, the chair can be removed from the mould and this is ready to use.

Maintenance

When exposed to the elements, the chairs will always become a little dirty. It is a question of cleaning them regularly and this can be done using our cleaning products. Life Textilene and Wicker Cleaner are exceptionally suitable for this and to protect the plastic, you can use the Life Outdoor Living Synthetic Protector:

Instructions for use Life Textilene and Wicker Cleaner:

  • The cleaner is ready to use and can be sprayed directly onto the furniture.
  •  Allow the cleaner to take effect for 30 seconds.
  • Remove the dirt with a sponge or soft scourer.
  • Rinse the surface with water.

The chairs can also be cleaned with warm water, green soap and a scourer, or with a high-pressure washer.

 Instructions for use Life Synthetic Protector:

  • First of all, clean your product using the Life Textilene and Wicker Cleaner.
  • Shake the bottle well before use and then spray a thin layer onto the material. Allow this to dry for 3 minutes.
  • Then rub off using a soft, clean, dry cloth.

 

Protective covers

Life Outdoor Living has a wide range of protective covers for all of our models The dimensions and prices of these protective covers can be found in the price list.

Parasols

To be able to continue to enjoy your Life parasol for a long time, we advise that you adhere to the following recommendations.

Maintenance

  • Allow the wet or damp fabric of the parasol to dry whilst the parasol is open.  If the fabric of the parasol becomes wet whilst it is closed, open it as soon as possible to dry out.
  • Remove any fallen leaves and bird excrement as soon as possible.
  • It is best to brush off dirt using a soft brush.
  • Stains can be removed using tepid water, a soft brush and mild detergent. Then rinse thoroughly with clean water.
  • Do not use any harsh detergents.
  • When opening, closing and turning the parasol, make sure that the fabric of the parasol does not come into contact with any walls, etc. and that the fabric does not become trapped between the parts.
  • Remove any marks made when opening and closing the parasol with a damp cloth.
  • After closing the parasol, pull all of the fabric sections out separately and fully from the ribs of the parasol.
  • Roll the fabric sections over one another and secure these using the band to the mast of the parasol.
  • Always close the parasol when a strong wind is blowing.
  • When the parasol is not in use, always use a protective cover to prevent unnecessary wear and tear caused by the effects of the weather.

(03/05/16)