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.
karri and jarrah
1. karri - eucalyptus myrtacaea (diversicolour)
grown and milled locally in knysna (south africa) it is regarded as an alien timber.
it is a hard dense, stringy timber, varying from light pinkish brown to dark brown in colour - hence its name. it quite rapidly assumes an attractive silver grey colour and characteristic fine cracks when left untreated and exposed to the elements - approx. 12 months. available on all models of chairs except the scandinavian.
if our maintenance procedure is followed karri will give a lifespan of 12 - 14 years
2. jarrah - eucalyptus marginata
imported from australia, a highly regarded hard wood, renown for its use in extreme conditions outside i.e. construction of jetties and boat frames - is extremely stable and naturally resistant to boring insects.the natural colour varies - dark reddish brown to light brown and pink- very dark red brown when oiled.
generaly clear grained, it is occasionally marked with characteristic resin pockets. it will slowly assume a silver grey colour similar to that of teak when left untreated and exposed to the elements - approx. 18 months.
the natural colour can be revived by removing the dead grey surface matter. this characteristic is regarded as an indication of a superior timber - it has a longer lifespan than karri.
used on outdoor timber table surfaces and the scandinavian chair. it can also be specified for other chairs.
we cannot as yet accurately give the lifespan of jarrah. it is estimated at about 25 year. samples at our showroom are over 17 years old and, because well cared, for are in excellent condition.
removal of oil or food marks
NOTE natural timber tables will acquire oil marks from food and drink spillage, a regular application of dilute PRONATURE PLANT SOAP and water 1:5 will create a temporary seal which will help prevent marking from foods
- make strong dilution of PRONATURE PLANT SOAP and water 1:2
- scrub the whole table with this mixture using the scotch brite scourers specifically agitating the marked area.
- leave for a 10 minutes and then scrub and rinse with clean water.
allow to dry and repeat if need be. this process might not remove the mark entirely but it will reduce it considerably.
persistent marks will gradually bleach out with exposure to the sun. if you want the table to acquire an unblemished silver grey surface it is best to use a cloth on the table when eating.
treat the whole surface with oxalic acid- available from a hardware store. this is a strong chemical process that requires gloves etc. and will distinctly change the colour of the wood.