Memorial Bench Cleaner | Memorial Bench Restorer | How to Clean a Memorial Bench
Your new Memorial Bench will be delivered assembled, fine sanded and ready to use. In the warmer months we apply small amounts of PVA glue to the arms and tops of the bench frame to reduce end grain movement. This will naturally disappear over time or it can be removed with some fine sanding.
Should you treat Teak Memorial Benches?
The high levels of natural rubber and silica found in our best grade Teak allows the furniture to sit outdoors all year round without rotting or moving.
We DO NOT recommend treating your Memorial Bench with oils and varnishes. Simply put it in situ, leave and expect a life time of use. Over time, your Teak Memorial Bench will turn a graceful silver. This is purely superficial and presents no long term structural damage.
Why does Teak turn silver?
Its nature's way of protecting itself. When bare Teak timber is exposed to the elements, it oxidises and forms a layer to protect itself. This layer can be gently sanded back or chemically cleaned to reveal the unprotected, bare Teak timber beneath.
Should you clean a Teak Memorial Bench?
Yes, we do recommend cleaning your bench once a year with Barrettine Wood Reviver. This product gives EXCELLENT results in our extensive testing! Lichen, algae, moss and similar detritus can be removed using a stiff bristled brush. Dampen surface, wipe on cleaner and agitate with the brush in the direction of the wood grain to loosen detritus. Allow product to soak for 15 minutes but do not allow it to dry out completely. Rinse with clean water. Successive treatments may be required for ingrained staining. Severely weathered and aged grey wood may require a specialist treatment to restore the natural colour