Care of Products

Our pieces are hand crafted and hand finished to provide the unique LA MAISON look and may vary in measurement and finishing colour. We do not consider minor measurement difference or slight colour variations flaws. As timber is a natural product, each piece may be different and vary over time with exposure to light and use. Natural imperfections are normal and may include knots, grain and surface texture and distressed highlights in different areas. Please refer to the below categories for information on how to care for your LA MAISON pieces.

CARING FOR PAINTED FURNITURE

The nature of our items evoke an aged appearance achieved by hand, colour and size variations can be found. Each item is made from wood products, the curved elements including the legs are carved by hand using traditional cabinet making techniques and any imperfections are characteristics of the item should be celebrated. A wax polish is applied by hand, over the surface to create an aged finish that is unique from one item to another. Dust or wipe clean with a cloth dampened with water once a week. Be sure not to leave water spots on the surface. These water spots will dry and could possibly leave permanent marks. Keep furniture away from heating and air conditioning sources to prevent loss of moisture. Keep furniture out of direct sunlight. Use felt backing on all accessories to prevent scratches. Use placemats & hot pads under hot serving dishes and coasters under all beverages.

CARING FOR WOOD FURNITURE

This item is artisan crafted with meticulous care. Given its handmade and hand-finished nature, variations in the wood are to be expected and celebrated. Each item is unique and no two are exactly alike. Use a lint-free cloth to clean wood furniture on a weekly basis. Keep furniture out of direct sunlight. Use felt backing on all accessories to prevent scratches. Use placemats, hot pads under hot serving dishes and coasters under all beverages. Do not use abrasives or harsh chemicals on wood furniture.

If your original wood finish is “a la natural” you can apply furniture oil or polish that will build up over time and protect. If your wood finish has an original mat water based protectant you can re-apply. Dust or wipe clean with a cloth dampened with water once a week. Be sure not to leave water spots on the surface. These water spots will dry and could possibly leave permanent marks.

CARING FOR METAL FURNITURE

This item is artisan crafted with meticulous care. Given its handmade and hand-finished nature, variations in the iron and its finish are to be expected and celebrated. Each item is unique and no two are exactly alike. Aluminum, iron, steel, and other metals can be wrought (heated and hammered into shape), cast from molds (often in solid pieces), or formed into hollow tubing. Because most of these, except aluminum, are subject to rust, our metal furniture is usually finished with layers of clear varnish, paint, or a durable powder coating. Use a mild soap solution, scrub, rinse, and dry. To remove rust stains or mold, sand the area lightly using fine-grit sandpaper. Wipe it clean, and apply touch-up paint if needed in several thin layers.

CARING FOR TEAK WOOD FURNITURE

Most wood used for outdoor furniture naturally resist decay and withstand the elements. Although sealants help preserve color and protect against wear and tear, they aren’t necessary. Left unfinished, the wood acquires a silvery-gray patina and requires little maintenance. To remove stains or mildew, mix 95% hot water with 5% bleach. Scrub the area with a soft-bristle brush, and rinse. To remove rust stains or bird droppings, or to restore original colour, sand lightly along the grain using fine-grit sandpaper, and rinse.

INSTANT GREY FINISH ON TEAK WOOD FURNITURE

INSTANT GREY is not a stain, it is a chemical process to change teak wood into a beautiful aged grey finish faster than the natural process.  It has been specifically created for teak wood and the chemical reaction will stop after the product is exposed to direct rain.

INSTANT GREY  finish is not the final colour, the final colour will continue to weather depending on the environment. In dry climates teak will take several months to weather,  if teak is exposed to infrequent moisture the colour will fade slowly with minor dis-colourisation and in moist climates where furniture is subjected to regular dew and sunshine the process will weather more quickly.

During the changing process some products may develop yellowish areas and sometimes black dots will come through on the surface, exactly the same as the natural ageing process. The yellowing will slowly disappear and show the final colour, a beautiful aged grey finish. When the chemical process is finished approximately  3-4 months afterwards, or after reaction with rain water, the final colour will stay the same and no further maintenance is required.