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| What is Iroko Timber?
Bloc Outdoor furniture is made from Iroko timber, wood of the Iroko tree (Chlorophora Excelsa), native to the West Coast of Africa, also known as “African Teak”. The timber has been sustainably sourced from our chain of suppliers. It was carefully selected as our choice of timber due to its ability to perform when exposed to the extreme outdoor conditions.
The timber is tough, dense, durable and resistant to decay. It appears light yellow-brown to dark honey brown in colour with a straight grain. It has been cured in a kiln to the right moisture content intended for its purpose which makes it’s a perfect choice for joinery in furniture and in the boat building industry. Due to it being a natural product colour variation is expected.
All our furniture has been manufactured with the old-school method of mortise and tenons joins and pinned with visible dowels. We only make use of waterproof glues and stainless steel screw.
| Maintenance & Care
BLOC outdoor furniture has been treated with a 10% white outdoor oil prior to leaving the factory. The oil seals and protects the timber against minor stains and slows down the drying out process when exposed to the outdoors. It then becomes the owner’s choice whether they would like to maintain the beauty and colour of the timber or whether they would like it to age gracefully.
Any timber varnish or oil can be used on the furniture providing you follow the instructions of that particular product. The maintenance interval will depend on the exposure to sun and rain or whether undercover or protected.
Over time without maintenance it will lighten in colour depended on its exposure to sunlight and rain, eventually fading to a silver-grey patina. Surface cracking is quite common when the furniture is left to age and can be expected as the timber is drying out without undermining the structural integrity of the furniture.
| How do I ensure my items remain in good condition?
In order to keep up with the maintenance it is important to understand when it is time to re-apply another coat of oil or varnish. Every piece of furniture depended on its exposure to the sun and rain will determine the interval of maintenance required. It is recommended to follow the instruction manual of the oil or varnished used. In most cases, it is generally done by sanding the furniture down with a fine sand paper and then applying the oil or varnish with the required coats as per product instruction.
| Timber Guarantee
Workmanship: Bloc Outdoor offers a 2-year guarantee against structural and faulty workmanship unless damage is caused due to misuse, negligence or any other act of nature. Timber is a natural product and slight surface cracking and movement is expected.
Materials: We offer a 2-year guarantee against movement and cracking where the structural integrity is undermined unless damage is caused due to misuse, negligence or any other act of nature.
| About the material
At Bloc Outdoor we introduced concrete as an alternative option in our product range due to its natural appearance, strength, and durability. We have partnered with a local supplier to bring you the best the industry has to offer in workmanship and quality. For selected products, there are 4 available concrete colour options. All our concrete has been manufactured with high quality white imported cement and graded aggregates with steel re-enforcing. All our concrete products are treated with a specialised repellency additive which is totally weatherproof and ideal for outdoor use.
| Maintenance & Care
All our concrete products have been treated with a sealer that is superior in its resistance to practically any cleaning agent. Abrasive soaps like Handy Andy, and any regular household cleaning agent can be used with absolute confidence on our concrete surfaces.
Our sealer is totally resistant to ammonia, wine, beetroot lemon juice, vinegar, turpentine, and benzene to mention a few. In almost all cases, our product is easily cleaned using a normal cloth and normal household detergents.
Avoid cutting directly on the concrete surface. This you should not do for any other product in any event (marble, granite, other engineered stone, wood etc.) Cutting on the concrete surface will not damage the concrete itself, but may damage the sealer that protects the concrete from stain penetration.
Avoid placing very hot pots or utensils directly on the concrete surface. Once again, this is not advisable for any other product in any event.
Workmanship: BLOC Outdoor offers a 2-year guarantee against structural and faulty workmanship unless damage is caused due to misuse, negligence or any other act of nature other than natural weather conditions. Natural stone or reinforced concrete products such as ours, are rigid and therefore sensitive to fracturing with jolting actions. Care must be taken when moving any table with a concrete top. Never “drop” or “drag” your table. Rather lift, and place gently.
It is not advised to sit, stand or jump on any concrete top. Similarly, striking our concrete tops with a hard or solid object can cause damage or fracturing. Ensure that all four table legs touch the ground firmly to offer maximum support to the concrete top.
Materials: Notwithstanding the above, our sealed concrete surfaces are guaranteed to withstand even direct and harsh outdoor weather conditions. We offer a 5-year guarantee against discolouration/fading or delamination of sealer unless the product is subject to misuse or negligence.
Cushions & Fabric
Here at Bloc Outdoor furniture we only use 100% solution dyed acrylic fabric which is Teflon coated. The fabrics hold a 7/8 lightfastness and are water repellent. The fabrics are also resistant to atmospheric agents and are stain resistant, rot and mould proof.
Our cushions are made from the finest quality high-to-medium density foams. In some cases, we use unicurl in our back cushions for a softer and more comfortable feel. The cushions are wrapped in a layer of Dacron and covered with an inner for protection.
To prolong the life and look of your cushions store them in a dry area when not in use. If your cushions get wet, unzip them and stand them on end to help facilitate drying.
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| What is it?
“Riempie” is generally a rawhide strip used especially as webbing in making furniture seats. The riempie we use is a polyester cord which is used in the marine and boating industry. It has been tried and tested in the most extreme weather conditions which makes this the perfect choice for us. We introduced the riempie to our range as an alternative material to complement our furniture in design and practicality. The cord we use is flexible, strong and durable and is available in various colours and thicknesses. We use the riempie on selected chairs and benches as it provides a more comfortable experience, without the need for a cushion.
| Maintenance & Care
There is no maintenance required for the riempie/polyester cord. It will retain its colour for years because it has been made with UV protected dyes. It is very strong and durable and should last for years to come.
Workmanship: Bloc Outdoor offers a 2 year guarantee against structural and faulty workmanship unless damage is caused due to misuse, negligence or any other act of nature.
Steel is an extremely durable and weather-resistant material.
| Maintenance & Cleaning
The Studio Stirling chairs are made from mild steel, making them very durable. They are EP coated – Environ Protected (the same treatment as used on the chassis of motorcars) for rust resistance. They are also powder coated. Studio Stirling cushions are made with outdoor, sun and water resistant fabric. The hanging mechanisms are supplied with chair – in standard lengths, ready for installation.
| Storage Recommendations
We recommend covering your furniture with a furniture cover in autumn and winter for protection. Please note, however, that condensation can form under the furniture cover, Therefore, make sure to lift the cover away from the furniture to ensure proper air circulation and minimise condensation.