How should I look after my furniture?

Oak furniture in the garden needs no special treatment, though we do recommend a good wash once a year to get rid of the winter build-up of surface dirt. Oiling oak furniture is not necessary, and just encourages dirt to accumulate.

As the furniture ages, weathering to a lovely silver hue, the very top surface layer of the wood can show surface cracks - checking - as weather dries, which then close up again in damper weather. These should not be of any concern, they are quite natural, and the strength of the furniture is not affected.

The furniture should not be left standing in a very damp spot. If an area of lawn, for example, is prone to be boggy at certain times of year, we recommend a flat pebble or something be placed under the furniture leg to allow it to dry out a little.