hope products are manufactured from ancient and natural earth elements: iron (steel), timber and stone. these are natural resources which are costly to process – they need to be used and conserved responsibly. time has shown that these elements have the ability to withstand the weathering effects of nature for prolonged periods. they have the tendency to age pleasingly – in time they will be re-used, if neglected they can be restored and recycled and ultimately, if abandoned, disintegrate and return to the earth.
hope products are simple, robust, well made and capable of a long life outdoors. they are however NOT maintenance free, but unlike most other modern disposable products, they are maintainable. we would like to encourage you to look after your purchase and have a long and enduring relationship with them. this information contains our recommendations to maintain and prolong the life span of our products. it is based on our experience of making this product for the past 23 years and on the maintenance of our showroom samples (which live permanently outside), using some of the same care products for the past 17 years.
NOTE: the performance of various finishes will differ according to the climate that the furniture is exposed to. a maintenance kit has been provided with care products – these are specific to the finish on your order and will contain some of the following items.
sandstone and limestone
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.
stone surfaces are NOT attached to the table frames.
when correctly centred the natural weight is sufficient 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.
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.
make yourself acquainted with the following maintenance advice
- 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.