When exposed to the elements, the factory applied gray wash will wear away after approximately one or two seasons of use. Once this occurs, and the unfinished teak is exposed, the furniture will weather naturally and acquire the gray patina that is the characteristic of untreated teak. It is important to note that the finish will not necessarily wear away in a perfectly even fashion during the weathering process.
To maintain and prolong the life of the finish, we recommend the regular application of Rubio Monocoat's Exterior Refresh product. You may also use breathable furniture covers when the furniture is not in use, or use the furniture in a covered area.
Exterior Refresh is a transparent maintenance oil that revitalizes and prolongs the life of the furniture's original finish. Refresh should be applied 1 to 2 times per year depending on the harshness of the environment and level of exposure to the elements. Furniture used in sunnier regions (e.g., Florida) requires more frequent treatment. Use Exterior Refresh when the finish begins to look slightly dry or dull, and before the finish has worn away. Refresh will give a slightly glossy appearance to the finish.
To use Exterior Refresh, carefully follow instructions on the label. It is always recommended that you protect the surface on which the furniture is placed (patio, deck, etc.) to prevent accidental staining.
The gray wash finish is different than the color and application process of the Kingsley-Bate Instant Gray finish. The finish shown is made from natural plant oils and pigments, is low VOC, and is stain resistant.
To help prevent stains; apply the Kingsley-Bate Teak Shield
. Teak Shield is a transparent, water-based product that allows you to wipe up fresh spills.The Teak Shield should only be applied after the original finish has completely worn away.
Alternatively, you may wish to apply our Gray Exterior Maintenance Oil (GEMO) to achieve a gray appearance. It is important to note that because GEMO is a single, uniform color, the table will no longer have the complex antiqued appearance of the original finish; thus, it is not our preferred approach for the long term care of the finish. Should you wish to use the GEMO, this video demonstrates the application process
For best results, GEMO should be applied over the entire surface of the table - where the finish has worn away AND where it is still intact. Doing so will help to even-out the color; however, there may still be some variation in color due the presence of the existing finish. This is evident in the video.
IMPORTANT: Always protect the ground beneath your furniture before applying GEMO to prevent accidental staining. We will not be responsible if you apply GEMO and are not happy with the results. It is highly recommended that you try GEMO on the underside of your furniture first to see if you are pleased with the results before applying to visible surfaces.
Wipe down the furniture using warm water and a soft cloth. For moderate cleaning, add 1 teaspoon of liquid dish soap to 1 quart of warm water, and wipe with a soft cloth. Rinse the table using a low hose pressure to remove any extra soap. Alternatively, you may use Rubio Monocoat's Exterior Soap following the instructions on the label.
We recommend storing in a dry, unheated garage or shed, or beneath a breathable furniture cover.
Cleaning Woven Furniture
To clean your woven furniture, rinse the frame with fresh water using a high hose pressure. Be careful to avoid any teak details on the furniture as the high pressure can erode the surface of the timber. Optionally, you may wash the woven material with mild detergent and warm water using a soft brush. After washing, rinse with fresh water until there are no soap bubbles remaining. Allow the furniture to air-dry. If using a specialty outdoor furniture cleaner, avoid using a foaming product, as foam cleaners can leave residue in the gaps of the weaving and later attract dirt. For additional details please review the Kingsley-Bate Care and Maintenance FAQs Sheet
Kingsley-Bate recommends that woven furniture be stored for the winter in climates exposed to snow and freezing temperatures. Furniture must be stored in an upright position to allow for proper water drainage. Storing furniture upside-down may cause water to accumulate and freeze inside the frame, causing structural damage. Always thoroughly clean your furniture before placing in storage. The best place to store your furniture is a dry garage, garden shed, or basement. You may also store your woven furniture outdoors using breathable furniture covers.
Cushions should be stored for the winter in climates exposed to snow and freezing temperatures. Cushions should be cleaned and allowed to air dry before placing into storage. Always store cushions in a dry, well ventilated area.
Kingsley-Bate cushions are made with either Sunbrella or Outdura fabrics, a 100% solution-dyed acrylic. The fabric should be cleaned regularly before environmental deposits such as dirt, etc., are allowed to accumulate and become embedded.
Kingsley-Bate strongly recommends that you do not remove the fill from your cushions when cleaning the cushion fabric. Instead, clean the cushions with the fill in place. Most cushions are 'stuffed' using specialized machinery, and it is not always possible to re-stuff the cushions by hand and achieve a professional, finished appearance.
To clean the fabric, simply brush off any loose dirt, and then clean briskly with a sponge using fresh water and a mild natural soap (Woolite is acceptable). Water temperature should be no more than 100 degree F (37 degree C), as acrylic fiber is heat sensitive at high temperatures. Do not subject the fabric to excessive heat as it will shrink. Do not steam press, iron, or dry in electric or gas dryers.
Sunbrella and Outdura Fabrics are treated with a fluorocarbon finish that acts as a sealant, making it resistant to water and stains. If you use liquid detergent instead of a natural soap to clean your cushions, it may be necessary to reapply the water repellent treatment to the fabric. We recommend using 303 Hi Tech Fabric Guard
or a similar product.
If your cushion becomes saturated with water, unzip the cushion and stand it on its edge in a dry, sunny location. The zipper-side should be facing down to allow the water to drain through the opening. Cushions will typically dry in 24-48 hours depending on the level of saturation and the weather conditions during the drying process.
When cushions are not being used, you may also wish to stand them on edge within the furniture frame. Doing so will reduce the surface area exposed to the rain and allow for faster drying.
Avoid putting the fabric in direct contact with oil-based products, which may cause the fabric to age more rapidly. If direct contact with an oil-based product occurs, clean the fabric promptly.
Furniture covers should be cleaned regularly before environmental deposits (dirt, etc.) are allowed to accumulate and become embedded in the fabric. We recommend spot cleaning furniture covers. Start by brushing off any loose dirt/debris, then clean using a sponge, fresh water, and mild soap.