the most stable natural material for outdoor table surfaces. the selecting, cutting and shaping process for these surfaces is undertaken by experienced stone cutters.
the profile edges are shaped by hand and the surfaces are honed to a non-reflective finish.
stone surfaces are not attached to the frame, the weight being sufficient to locate it in position.
surfaces are treated with a silicone sealant to help prevent stains, it is necessary to maintain the stone with a regular application of the sealant provided.
unsealed stone will acquire marks from spillage but these will fade with exposure to the weather and the cleaning process will soften them as the subtrate takes on a patina of time and a history of long remembered meals.
markings and inclusions
stone is a natural substrate and is formed over millions of years of sedimentary and metamorphic processes – fossilized deposits, like fern spore and partially formed crystals are often apparent.
we cannot guarantee exact replicas of colour and markings of the sample surfaces at our showroom – surfaces on display can be purchased, please discuss with sales assistant.
we are currently using 2 types of stone:
1. sandstone – naboomspruit classic
a dense fine-grained sedimentary stone supplied from local quarries in mpumalanga.
the colour is a subtle spectrum of ochre, light brown, grey and rose and varies according to the depth of the quarry.
the markings or pattern are determined by the cut.
sandstone is a neutral substance i.e. does not react to acidic related substances, but it is very porous.
2. limestone – galala
a partly metamorphasised dense limestone imported from egypt.
a rich creamy white colour with ‘marble-like’ veins of grey and rust.
interesting fossilized inclusions and characteristic surface fissures are visible.
these are not considered to be structuraly defective and they are unavoidable on large surfaces.
limestone is an alkyd substance i.e. spillage of an acidic substance like wine and lemon juice on unsealed stone will leave an etch mark.
stone surfaces are NOT attached to the table frames.
when correctly centred the natural weight is suf cient to prevent it from moving. please ensure that the person cleaning the table or area around it is aware of this most breakages, especially of smaller surfaces, occur during cleaning or moving.
IMPORTANT – make yourself acquainted with the maintenance advice.
maintenance – 3 important steps
- wipe up spillages promptly – always clean the table surface after meals with a damp cloth.
- wash the stone often with WATER OR very dilute PRONATURE PLANT SOAP
DO NOT use harsh scouring cleaning material and strong detergents – they will compromise the life of the seal
- apply BELLINZONI SPRAY POLISH sparingly but regularly with a soft cloth.
frequency of application of spray polish
(domestic -1 x 6 month / commercial 1 x 1 month)
NOTE stone will benefit greatly from regular (weekly) spraying with the garden hose. this eliminates fine deposits of dirt that accumulate in the ‘micro- geography’ of the stone. wetting the stone helps to determine whether the seal is intact.
if colour of stone remains unchanged and the water pearls in droplets on the surface = well sealed surface. if the stone darkens, absorbing the water = seal is compromised and starting to deteriorate. dry and apply stone SEALer
this is a wet process and is best done in a shaded, protected area
- NB remove any dirt and the residue of old sealer BEFORE applying a new sealer.you can use a strong house hold cleaner. apply and allow it to lie on the surface to penetrate.
- scour the whole surface and edge thoroughly with scotch brite pads in small over-lapping circular movements.
- wash thoroughly with clean water and remove excess water, then dry the surface with a cloth.
- apply stone SEALer – this is a water based product so stone can still be damp.
- spread evenly over the whole surface with a cloth and wipe up excess sealant.
- apply 2nd coat of stone SEALer before the 1st coat dries – this is a wet on wet process.
- allow 12 hours to cure – maintain the surface as advised
stone surfaces are NOT attached to the table frames to for easier installationand moving. when moving or relocating large stone surfaces…
- stone should be dry, they are 50% heavier and vulnerable when wet.
- stone must be evenly supported along the length when it is carried. i.e. have enough men …or women all round…. but never 2 macho men on either end of a long one!
- when transporting by vehicle – the surface should be 100% flat on the bed of the vehicle OR with 100% of the length of the edge flat.
- use suitable protection – blankets work well.
- when moving to remote areas on dirt roads or exporting and shipping, it is advisable to crate the stone. contact us for acquiring a good quality reinforced cardboard crate from REBUL
HEAR YE NOW GOOD PEOPLE….
hot pots … – do not place directly on table surfaces.
pot plants – always use a drip tray and lift and clean underneath them.
earthenware crockery – if rough underneath they will scratch the surface if dragged across it.
candle wax – cover with thick brown paper and apply a warm iron – the
paper will absorb the wax.
bird droppings – first moisten with water and clean with a damp cloth.
fruit trees – avoid placing tables under these if possible or cover during fruiting season.
wine, coffee, oil etc. – wipe these spillages when they occur and clean as recommended.
NOTE accumulated food marks are noticeably reduced by exposure to the full effects of the natural elements.
download the complete maintenance booklet here