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the very word conjures images of luxury and lifelong durability. And though it seems like teak furniture is everywhere these daysat unbelievable prices-most of it doesn't live up to the quality standards needed for true outdoor durability. Sadly, most teak harvesting practices are also devastating to the environmental and social fabric of communities where it's produced. This is the reason Gardener's Supply has not offered a line of teak garden furniture…until now.
Reforest Teak, our new line of exceptional outdoor furniture, is made from top-quality teak from Central America, with superior joinery and hardware. Subtle curves, made possible by careful hand finishing, offer unprecedented comfort and beauty. As for the environmental impact of this furniture, the teak comes from forests that are actually rebuilding, not destroying, fragile tropical ecosystems.
All teak is not the same. Most teak furniture is made with Class C wood, which usually contains holes, cracks or other imperfections that are filled with putty and stained. Some teak furniture is actually constructed with a veneer over lesser wood. Furniture of this grade will look good to start, but will age quickly, developing cracks, loose joints and a rough, unpleasant surface.
Reforest Teak uses only solid, FEQ (First European Quality) teak, the finest quality available, guaranteed to be free of holes, knots or other defects. After harvesting, Reforest Teak products are carefully kiln-dried to a moisture content of 10 to 12 percent, which assures exceptional stability and resistance to warping or twisting.
Most teak comes from Indonesia. Reforest Teak is grown in Central America, where the soil is richer and the growing conditions are far superior. As a result, the teakwood we use to craft Reforest Teak furniture and furnishings is denser, less porous, and richer in oil and silica that give teak its natural resistance to wind and weather.
A beautiful piece of teak furniture makes a powerful design statement in your garden. But shouldn't you expect comfort too? Reforest Teak is designed and crafted for an outstanding level of comfort that straight-milled furniture can't offer. Study the photos carefully and you'll see that this furniture has subtle design details that accommodate the body's natural shape: Seat backs are curved instead of being ramrod-straight; the generous seats are gently cupped and won't "bite" at the thighs; armrests follow a slight, natural curve; corners are sanded to a pleasing roundness.
What do you need to put on your Reforest Teak furniture to make it last? Nothing! Many teak furniture makers recommend a wax or oil finish to extend its life. But Reforest Teak is made from such very dense heartwood that oil won't easily penetrate. In fact, it can pool up, leaving a sticky residue. Without any work, over time your furniture will take on a dignified silver-gray color. This is natural, and in no way shortens its life. If you prefer to maintain the teak's golden tone, use an environmentally friendly teak sealer and cover or protect your teak furniture during winter months.
To clean your teak furniture, we recommend a very mild cleaner, such as one part Simple Green to two parts water, and wash the piece using a medium bristle brush and allow to air dry.
Last updated: 5/7/19
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