How to Clean Stainless Steel

How to clean stainless steel

It’s great to learn about this material, the grades of stainless steel available,  and especially methods recommended by experts on how to maintain and clean stainless steel. If you are interested in more supporting information please read on.

Teak Warehouse doesn’t recommend using any harsh chemicals to clean stainless steel. Chloride derived cleaners; as well as bleaches, should be completely avoided. In fact, because stainless steel is such a versatile material, you will likely need some advise on how to keep it’s appearance stunning.

Keeping your stainless steel looking beautiful can take a few minutes a week by performing a simple wipe down with a dry microfiber cloth; this will prevent most cloudy (minimal) corrosion.  Microfiber cloths are available at most home improvement stores or even at electronics stores. These cloths are delicate and the material essentially grips dirt at the molecular level to avoid the need for cleaners. Often times, water is enough to clean with, if using a microfiber towel.

More often than not, you’ll typically be cleaning stainless steel once every 6-12 months with soap and water, depending on your own environment and, unless you are in particularly harsh conditions (like direct salt air environments, around certain trees that produce sap in your garden; close to the coast or sailing on the ocean), this regimen will be enough to maintain the beauty of your furniture.

In this video, Eduardo, General Manager for Teak Warehouse talks about how to clean stainless steel furniture:

Many of our customers mention products made by 3M, as great products for their stainless steel.  This well-respected company with decades of experience in renewing the original look of Stainless steel components. Remember: if you choose to use chemical cleaners in some extreme cases then do so; 3M products are among the most respected products for cleaning stainless steel on the market.

Please take a look at the video to see our  recommendations.

If using 316 marine grade stainless steel you could experience “tea” staining especially if you do not wash this outdoor product and take care of it. Our 316 will not rust using the above methods for cleaning. This is the highest grade available for the marine industry and our teak furniture. It is the most expensive but also the best available.

If you have lower grades of stainless, such as 304 the risk of rust is there, especially if there is no maintenance and there is a greater risk if these lessor grades are not electro polished.  Therefore the quality of  the grade and manufacture and considering the environments where the furniture will be used are priorities when purchasing this material.

 

How to clean Stainless Steel of Hard Water Marks

To clean hard water marks (if you didn’t wipe down the stainless steel after spraying it with the garden hose, for instance), you can use a mild 15-25% vinegar to water solution. This is made using roughly 3 parts water, 1 part vinegar after cleaning with this solution, be sure to rinse with clean water and wipe to dry.

 

A bit of information about 316 Marine Grade Steel

316 Stainless is an alloy of stainless steel that uses a higher content of molybdenum and nickel. Simply put, it is these components, which allow this grade (called “marine grade”) of stainless to enjoy more strength and corrosion resistance. Regular stainless steel (or lower grades, like 302 or 304) are similar in appearance but don’t have as much resistance to scratching, pitting, denting and/or corroding.

What you need to know is that for the series of stainless which sees the most commercial usage: 316 represents the top tier and most desirable characteristics and beauty.

Teak Warehouse uses only high quality 316 stainless steel in its products featuring stainless steel and for many pieces of hardware on its teak furniture.  Among the reasons for using 316 Stainless steel are the corrosion resistance properties, long-life and good looks. Stainless steel as a material is not completely immune to corrosion, but it offers excellent characteristics for all but the harshest environments. That said: Stainless steel for  outdoor furniture  use offers a nearly unbeatable option for both good looks, and great wear characteristics.

You can see just how beautiful this stainless steel is when you look at the stark contrast in one of our pieces that highlight both materials (teak and stainless). The warm tones of the wood look so inviting against the backdrop of the cold metallic surface of the 316. Our furniture uses this grade of stainless steel, because we believe that all furniture should be built to last and designed to make a big impression. Marine grade stainless steel stays good looking for longer and is easier to maintain and provides the best possible build quality.

 

Clean Stainless Steel is beautiful

When your stainless steel begins to get dirty, it is often in the form of cloudiness on the surface, compared to the original luster and surface grain pattern you saw when you first used your furniture.

While you don’t need to wait until stainless steel gets noticeably dirty to clean it, you can definitely use that as an indicator of how often you might need to plan to clean it, to maintain the look you love.

One concept is certain: clean and well maintained stainless steel is far more beautiful, statement making and inviting than the cloudy or otherwise dirty stainless steel you might find in neglected pieces. While stainless steel starts with a leg up on most materials for the length of time it can stay clean, it does require some attention. Using the simple techniques above (and in the accompanying video) is our recommendation on how to clean stainless steel.

 

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Cafe: The Perfect Teak Folding Table and Chairs

Looking for the Perfect Teak Folding Table and chairs? The Cafe Collection is an ambient new collection available at Teak Warehouse. Ambient, because you’ve seen and experienced the best attributes of the set before many times in the market place. Eye catching because of its unique beauty.

You’ve seen it on the sidewalks in front of bistros and coffee shops in the busy bustling city of  Paris or your favorite local café just a walk up the street. It’s been so integral to the feel and ambience of the places you sipped cafe au lait, or enjoyed a nice chat with a perfect stranger. The whole collection is reminiscent of afternoons stolen away through a good cup of coffee and a classic novel. Where does the time go when you’re enjoying a carefree and comfortable moment on a chair so inviting or a table so perfect for the setting?

This collection is solid and made to last.  The entire set conveys a simple elegance that is found in timeless pieces.

The powder coated steel frames pair so nicely, in their semi-gloss silver color with the warm, even tones of the teak seating and table surfaces. This is a set of outdoor furniture that fits so well in so many places, you’ll surely feel it’s at home in your garden as much as you’ll be convinced it’s perfect in your breezeway or garden. Tight on space? Try the Cafe Collection in your Breakfast nook for a European feel that is hard to find with more mainstream pieces.

Not that you’d want to ever put these pieces in storage, but the Cafe chairs and tables do fold  in case you need to change up the look of your patio for seasonal reasons. The entire feel doesn’t only reminisce that of bustling metropolitan Europe; you just as easily find a similar style on your favorite wine tasting terrace or in front of that iconic Ice Cream parlor. The most important thing to remember is that the look and versatility are so interchangeable and the value of these pieces is so immediate, that no matter where you put them, they make perfect sense.

The Cafe Collection’s smooth, cold steel and warm, inviting teak make for a harmonious style, perfect for your garden, under your veranda, indoors in the dining area or in spaces like your terrace.

This grouping is showcased below as a set, highlighting the interplay between the beautiful powder-coated steel  and the warm cozy teak that looks great everywhere. The pieces work incredibly well  in their own combinations.

 Teak Folding Table

THIS SET CONSISTS OF 4 CAFE INSPIRED PIECES

1. Cafe Teak Folding Arm Chair

2. Cafe Teak Folding Side Chair

3. Cafe Round Teak Folding Table

4. Cafe Rectangle Teak Folding Table

We’ve made it our promise to always deliver perfectly built and fully assembled outdoor furniture to our valued customers. The sense of pride we get when we see our furniture, all together and in it’s new environment.  We can only imagine its the same feeling you receive your delivery.  Our furniture is always delivered using our white glove service so it’s ready to enjoy the moment you recieve it.

Each of the following pieces are part of the Cafe grouping and each has it’s own unique attributes and presence; we invite you to look closer at each piece to see how well each works for you.

 

Cafe Teak Folding Arm Chair

This chair is so quintessentially part of the cafe setting that you’re sure you’ve experienced its cozy ambience before. This chair is not to be forgotten, it’s got a stunning contrast between cold metal and warm teak  stunning curves that showcases both it’s big looks and slim profile.

Teak Folding Arm Chair

Cafe Teak Folding Side Chair

This teak side chair is a perfect choice for it’s open feel and tiny footprint makes it an excellent piece for seating in small spaces. Also very easy on the eye with its plain traditional simple design

Teak Folding Chair

Cafe Round Teak Folding Table

This table speaks of coffee and sandwiches.  Everything about the piece sings about its usefulness and petit good looks. The frame mates perfectly with the clean and soft feel of the teak tabletop. Rubber foot pads protect your garden or tile depending on where you choose to display this wonderful table.

Teak Folding Table

Cafe Rectangle Teak Folding Table

This teak folding table is more substantial in its surface area and provides a family of four easily with enough room to do whatever they could imagine. It’s also at home with a late night, pouring over documents or even just an enjoyable coffee for two. The rigid steel frame is softened in appearance by the soft ambience of the teak, making it an instant conversation piece.

Teak Folding Table

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How To Clean Teak

How To Clean Teak

Teak is a durable wood that can be used for both indoor and outdoor furniture. With outdoor teak furniture, maintenance should be regular  to keep it clean and to stop it from turning grey. (if this is your desire) We recommend cleaning the teak when it is dirty which, depending on lifestyle and usage can be often or rarely. Remember your furniture is used outside and will of course be subject to the elements, just like your veranda, decks, patio or pathways. Washing will avoid dirt build up and keep your furniture fresh and clean.

With your teak, your preference may well be, for your pieces to have the natural new look, this is achieved by washing and cleaning to stop oxidization, then follow the cleaning instructions such as a gentle wash whenever it gets dirty. Another option our customers use and love, is to apply a clear natural sealer for more protection and keep that gorgeous showroom glow, however regular washing and resealing is required. Use only marine grade products here.

If you love the patina grey hue then leave outside and clean and water often to hurry up the oxidization, the result is stunning.

Treat your furniture like your car that has been left outside.

 Here is  a helpful video on how we believe your teak should be cleaned:

Things You Will NeedBucket

  1. Brush with medium to soft bristles (sponge is okay too)
  2. Water supply (garden hose works best)
  3. A soft solution that will not harm the teak (We recommend Simple Green products)
  4. Dry cloth
  5. Gloves (optional)

The 10 Simple Steps on How to Clean Your Teak Furniture

  1. Remove all cushions or anything non teak from the item as well as leaves and other debris. 
  2. Rinse off the item thoroughly with a hose on medium settings. Using a very strong pressure will damage the wood.
  3. Mix the solution with water in the bucket until foamy. A quarter cup of solution will work best.
  4. Put the brush in the mixture and start scrubbing.
  5. Start off with a small area to make sure the solution does not damage the teak.
  6. When cleaning, scrub WITH the grain, not against it.
  7. Make sure to scrub in between cracks and in corners.
  8. Brush diligently but not too harsh as to make sure to not damage the wood.
  9. After cleaning, rinse the solution off the teak after letting it rest for a while and wait for it to dry
  10. Use drying cloth or let dry naturally with sunlight.

Other things to note:

We usually recommend letting the mixture sit on the teak for at least five to ten minutes before rinsing off. After rinsing off, drying can take anywhere from 24 – 36 hours if dried naturally. Never use aggressive, two part acid solutions as they may compromise the integrity of the teak furniture. Any type of finishing product for teak furniture such as teak protectant, sealer, restoreant or  coating should be applied to  clean dry  pieces of furniture. We can recommend qualified people to help you on your way of teak maintenance. If required, just call us. We will refer you to the most qualified people in the business.

For a video guide on how to clean your teak, please watch our short how-to video on cleaning your teak furniture.

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Hampton Deep Seating Outdoor Furniture Collection

Our New Deep Seating Outdoor Furniture Collection

The Hampton Collection

The Hampton is the newest deep seating outdoor furniture collection from Teak Warehouse. The collection is inspired from the luxurious looks of many European Resorts. Like all of our outdoor wicker furniture, this collection is weaved with Viro fibre guaranteed and promises to look and feel great for years to come. Be careful of competitors when purchasing outdoor wicker make sure the framing is perfect for outdoors like powder-coated aluminum.  The difference between the brands of wicker is crucial in determining whether furniture is able to last outdoors.  Look for manufactures of this fiber like Viro® and Rehau® and the newest reliable outdoor wicker company to hit this market called Eco-Line® receiving the stamp of approval from architects and designers, you will not be disappointed. We only manufacture in Europe or Indonesia for the worlds best craftsmen, weavers and quality.

Just in time for the summer, the Hampton Collection is light and airy. With each piece being separate, you are able to arrange and rearrange the pieces to your liking. Being able to arrange the collection is also beneficial in terms of size constraints. The look is modern and very much in style right now. Get the look of  chic European Resorts in your garden at wholesale prices! Shown here also is our A-grade Teak coffee table,  mix and match for an eclectic style.

hampton teak deep seating collection

This collection contains five pieces

  1. Hampton Pebble Right Arm
  2. Hampton Pebble Left Arm
  3. Hampton Pebble Large Center
  4. Hampton Pebble Small Center
  5. Hampton Pebble Corner

Customize your space with even more options!

At Teak Warehouse, we offer even more choices so you are able to choose and design your own unique look! Besides the five items that are in this collection, here are some more options that can be utilized to complete the collection:

  Hampton Pebble Chaise Lounge

teak chaise lounge

This oh so comfortable chaise lounge is perfect for any outdoor garden, patio or pool area. Soak up the sun and read your favorite novel on comfortable Sunbrella® cushions. Shown in our new summer color Pebble outdoor wicker to suit many color schemes. This chaise is part of our new Hampton range just landed at Teak Warehouse

  2. Hampton Pebble Left and Right Loungers

Attach this piece to a right arm lounger to make a sofa bed or to a single or double no arm sofa for long seat with a blind end. Perfect for a narrow space. Add the table to finish off or a gorgeous potted plant. Make your own space with as little or as many pieces in between to make your very stunning comfortable setting in your outdoor patio space.

Hampton Pebble Arm Chair

The Hampton arm chair will bring the look and feel of a seaside resort to your backyard. Classic, airy and comfortable this chair will compliment your garden, pool or patio. Create a sectional from the variety of Hampton pieces and add 2 Hampton chairs to complete the look. Enjoy the summer days or fall nights on this cozy and splendid chair.

Hampton Pebble Lamp Table

Pair this table along with our new Hampton chaise loungers. Add a late afternoon cocktail with Horderves and relax. Or utilize this table to match the gorgeous Hampton sectional. Made from Viro® outdoor wicker and fitted a glass top

This collection includes free cushions!

Purchase the collection and receive the mattress cushions,the back cushions and new throw pillows free made with Sunbrella®

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Outdoor Entertaining Tip #2

Crab & Chive Deviled Eggs

Serves 6 | Hands-On Time: 15m | Total Time: 35m

IngredientsCrab & Chive Deviled Eggs

6 large eggs
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon seafood seasoning (such as Old Bay)
kosher salt and black pepper
1/4 cup lump crab meat (about 2 ounces)
1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives

Directions

Place the eggs in a large saucepan and add enough cold water to cover by 1 inch. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat, cover, and let stand for 12 minutes. Drain the eggs and run under cold water to cool.
Peel the eggs and cut in half lengthwise. Transfer the yolks to a small bowl and mash with the mayonnaise, lemon juice, mustard, seafood seasoning, and ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper. Fold in half the crab.
Spoon the crab mixture into the egg whites, top with the remaining crab, and sprinkle with the chives.
QUICK TIP: Be sure to pick through crab meat before you serve it. Place the meat in a shallow tray and rub it between your fingertips to feel for shards.

Pair this perfect summer appetizer with our Eastern Seaboard style Beach Director Concrete Set!

Concrete Beach Directors Dining Collection

Original Recipe found at RealSimple.com

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Outdoor Entertaining Tip #1

GRILLED FETA WITH THYME & OLIVE OIL

Serves 8 | Hands-On Time: 05m | Total Time: 25m

IngredientsGrilled Feta

1 12-ounce piece Feta, at room temperature
6 sprigs fresh thyme
2 tablespoons olive oil
black pepper
grilled pita, for serving

Directions

Heat grill to medium-low. Place the Feta in the center of a large piece of heavy-duty foil. Top with the thyme, drizzle with the oil, and season with ¼ teaspoon pepper. Seal the foil to form a packet.
Grill the packet, covered, until the Feta is soft in the center when pressed, 15 to 17 minutes. Transfer the Feta, herbs, and oil to a shallow bowl and serve with the pita.

Pair this perfect summer appetizer with the Mediterranean style Trestle & Moni Outdoor Dining Collection!

Trestle and Moni Outdoor Dining Collection

Original Recipe found at RealSimple.com

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Spring Has Sprung…. Get the Guide!

Spring Style Guide

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Creative Energy at the Redondo Beach Warehouse!

If you have been in to the Redondo Beach warehouse recently, you may have noticed the photo studio we have built into the back of our showroom. We are busily working on our new website, and taking the time to shoot our entire range of indoor and outdoor furniture in a new light! Feel free to swing by and experience the creative energy aflow under our hot lights… Just don’t touch!

Teak Warehouse Lights

Need Ideas? Get the Guide!

Let us help you get the most out of outdoor style this year! What better way than to show you great style combinations, reported by our in-house designers. Our first edition is Winter 2013 – with bold architectural shapes, desaturated hues and an eclectic mix of materials.

To receive all our style guides, simply sign up for our email list.

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New 2 Piece Outdoor Sofa and Chaise

MADISON OUTDOOR WICKER SEATING COLLECTION

We are very excited the new Madison two piece sofa and chaise which just landed in the warehouse. With a very modern look, it comes in a right or left layout to suit most living spaces.

The main frame is made of aluminium, and the wicker is very high quality Viro outdoor wicker to stand the elements. Of course the cushions are Sunbrella, and with  2 seat mattresses, 4 large back cushions and 5 medium cushions it is exceedingly comfortable. A perfect minimal statement for outdoors, indoors or both, giving that perfect indoor/outdoor flow.

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