With the summer season in full swing, people around the country are taking to the outdoors. From backyard BBQs to rooftop bars, it's important to keep outdoor furniture looking fresh. As a leading manufacturer of outdoor luxury furnishings, Royal Botania knows a thing or two about proper care and cleaning techniques. Its catalog of products offers a diverse range of materials including teak stainless steel, Batyline and CoaXXS®. As the pool parties begin, the experts weigh in.
Teak is strong, lightweight, and resistant to outdoor elements. It has naturally high oil content, which creates a built-in resistance to the elements so that it does not decay and will not splinter. As such, teak does not need to be sealed or treated to protect the wood. When left outdoors, it will gracefully turn to silver patina to harmonize with its surroundings. Royal Botania uses mature, high quality, kiln-dried teak that has been harvested from sustainable sources. Available in collections such as Solid, O-Zon & Kokoon, it should provide a lifetime of use with minimal maintenance.
To keep teak looking chic, Royal Botania recommends a freshening every 6-12 months. When teak furniture first arrives any “teak dust” on the furniture should be wiped off using a damp cloth, otherwise it can leave marks on clothes and cushions. For standard cleanings, scrub with a soft brush and natural soap. Rinsing with fresh water regularly is also encouraged. Many stains can be removed by using a diluted bleach mixture with water, in a 4:1 mix. Scrub with a soft brush and rinse with fresh water. Do not fear a change in color of the stained area. Thanks to teak’s natural oil content the wood’s color will even out within a month after cleaning. For frequent stains, use products like Semco Clear Coat.
Stainless steel, featured in O-Zon, Ninix & Flexy, is durable and stylish and will hold up to frequent cleanings. Royal Botania offers a 304-grade as well as a 304-EP electropolished or marine-grade stainless steel. The latter offers the same quality and performance as 316-EP stainless steel, yet comes at a more affordable price point. This treatment increases resistance to corrosion and helps prevent salt water and chlorine damage.
To maintain its luster, Royal Botania recommends regular washings using fresh water at a high hose frequency. For a deeper clean, the company suggests a mix of baking soda and dish soap or some white vinegar. Towel dry and voilà!
Batyline is an extremely flexible, high quality and durable material that is nearly impossible to tear. It consists of a polyester fiber covered by a coating of PVC. Mildew and UV resistant, it is a great alternative to cushions and perfect for outdoor use in wet environments like a swimming pool. Equipped with a 3-year warranty, the material is part of Royal Botania’s most popular collections including: Alusion, E-Z, Kokoon & Mixt.
To clean the Batyline, Royal Botania recommends simply washing it with a mild natural soap and fresh water then rinsing and dry with a cloth.
Its exceptionally strong weave and composition make this an all-weather material. It will not loose its suppleness in low temperatures and will not feel sticky on the skin in hot. It is resistant to the damaging effects of chlorine and salt water, stretching or cracking, UV rays and stains from suntan or the locations. Royal Botania’s Sunday collection features CoaXXS®hand-woven over an aluminum frame.
To freshen up synthetic fiber,Royal Botania recommends washing with natural-based soap and a sponge then rinsing with fresh water. Plus, CoaXXS®only needs to be cleaned once a year! To avoid scratches, do not clean using any type of abrasive agent or scouring pad.
For more helpful hints, follow Royal Botania on facebook and twitter @royalbotania.
About Royal Botania, a Belgium-based manufacturer of luxury outdoor furniture and accessories, combines aesthetic sensibility and precise functionality in each and every product it offers. Founded by engineers Kris Van Puyvelde and Frank Boschman in 1992, it has earned an international reputation for technical refinement and design originality. Serious about ergonomics as well, its chairs and loungers offer the maximum in spinal support and comfort. At Royal Botania qualityremains the primary focus from creation, through production, distribution and including after-sales service. In 20 years, they have grown to employ 800 people worldwide, producing furniture in solid teak, stainless steel and aluminum, along with bathroom furniture and outdoor lighting collections. Additional modern garden furniture collections for the US can all be found on their website or in their New York showroom at 394 Broadway.
About D’Apostrophe: Located at 394 Broadway in New York City’s SoHo design district, d’apostrophe represents a discerning list of high-end Belgian manufacturers and brands including: Royal Botania, Limited Edition, .MGX by Materialise, Wildspirit, XL Boom, Bulo, Interni-edition, Atelier Vierkant Feld, kristalia, casamania and buzzispace. To the trade, the 6000 square foot showroom is a destination for architects and designers seeking design-focused, residential and commercial furnishings suitable for use both indoors and out.