How to maintain your Classic memorial
Oak is a very durable timber on its own but we give every bench a good soak with a clear wood preserver before
despatch and recommend that this is done at least once a year
It's a quick & easy job and well worth the effort.
The bench will silver naturally over time while
the wood preserver protects the hardwood from mould, mildew, algae, fungal attack or becoming green.
The biggest threat to hardwood placed outdoors are living
organisms. Your simple, clear wood preserver maintenance regime
will completely eliminate this threat.
To clean the bench you can use a mild detergent
and water or if the wood is really dirty use a wood reviver product. Staining that can't be removed with detergent
can be removed using a fine (180-240 grit) sandpaper. This is the beauty of having a natural finish.
Once clean, allow the wood to dry completely and once again give it a good soak with
the clear wood preserver applied liberally with a brush.
A memorial bench treated this way should last
for decades. The hardwood can breathe. It will be fully preserved while being allowed to gently turn a soft silver
colour and take on a natural beauty and character all of its own, with seat slats and arms polished
beautifully smooth with honest use.
Any clear wood preserver will be
fine. We stock Lignum wood preserver,
ready to use in 2.5 litre & a convenient 1 litre spray bottle which makes it really easy to
saturate the top surfaces (at least) of the bench after a visit. On a summers day it's dry within an
We don't have a shopping cart but if you'd like
some wood preserver you can add it to your bench order or email and we'll send you a paypal link to
Oil finishes are quite
common for hardwood placed outdoors in order to maintain the golden
brown colour of the new wood. Traditionally Tung oil on Oak and Teak Oil
on tropical hardwoods like iroko. This would always be done after an application of clear wood
A well maintained oil treatment can look rich
and beautiful but do please note, unlike for example window frames, a bench is subject to
mechanical wear and tear which means that the finish can wear off
some parts of the bench and not others. Left
unchecked these worn areas will silver resulting in a patchy looking bench. A state that is dificult to
It's imperative that an oiled bench
is diligently and regularly maintained.
Hardwood likes to breathe when placed outdoors and
for this reason we don't recommend surface treatments, some of which can be rather like paint. Moisture can get
trapped under this paint layer and damage the hardwood and top coats can wear off the seats and arms with people
using the bench and can make it look patchy. We feel it's much better to adopt a natural approach and use the more
natural treatment outlined above.