Classic Memorial Benches
 

How to maintain your Classic memorial bench

Clear wood preserver

Oak is a very durable timber on it's 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 thereafter.
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 hour.

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 purchase.

 




 Oil Finishes
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 preserver.

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 recover from.

It's imperative that an oiled bench is diligently and regularly maintained.

 




 

Other treatments

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.

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01695 732315


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