As a natural material, spending time exposed to the elements, the wood will change in appearance. Weathering of the oak creates a beautiful silver-grey patina, which is unusual and in many parts of the World, a sought-after look.

As the oak ages, it gradually loses its surface oils. These oils give the oak its impermeability, allowing it to dry off faster and making it easier to keep clean. Left unmaintained, water and fungi penetrate the natural fissures of the wood which can cause blackening of the surface and in worst cases, lead to localised rot.

Fortunately, it is very simple to protect against this through a low maintenance furniture care regime.


Placement of furniture is very important. If the furniture is in constant contact with grass or soil we recommend a piece of slate or quarry tile is placed under each foot.

Ideally the furniture should be placed with air circulating around it.

When washing the furniture, use a stiff, but not metal, brush, warm water and a pH neutral detergent.

For more stubborn dirt, we recommend using sugar soap or a wood cleaning solution.

At 2-5 years old, depending on its location, the furniture should be cleaned and treated with a penetrating oil.

It needs a light sanding before the oil is applied.

An annual wash, light sanding and a re-coat every 2 years.

Please do not use a pressure washer, this can damage your furniture.


If you have a question about how to care for your Gaze Burvill piece please do get in touch and our aftercare team will be happy to answer. With over six decades of combined furniture knowledge within the team, there is a good chance we can help.

If you’d like to request a copy of our aftercare brochure or make an inquiry to book a piece in for aftercare with us, please use the links below.