Why is recycled teak so sought-after?
Wood breathes just like skin, and the moisture content causes expansion and contraction. Recycled teak furniture usually contains much less moisture than those from fresh teak, and is thus more structurally sound and less likely to warp. The grain in recycled teak is often more pronounced and tighter, resulting is a more attractive wood.
It takes a concerted effort to obtain the right pieces of recycled teak for furniture, as these are sourced from structures like old buildings and railway sleepers. The wood must be of the right size, and all foreign objects like nails and fittings must be removed by hand.
Of course, the biggest advantage of recycled teak is its eco friendliness. New trees do not have to be harvested to build furniture, and demand for recycled wood also sets up sustainable local community networks.
How can I care for my Journey East furniture?
After dusting the surfaces, we recommend keeping them well-moisturised with a good wax (like Gilly Stepenson’s cream polish with beeswax, that you can find at our showrooms).
Apply the cream in light coats, and polish off buff with a soft lint-free cloth. You may repeat every 3 month in tropical/humid climate; more often in drier climates.
Outdoor synthetic wicker:
Our Outdoor Collection is made from durable, low-maintenance Rehau® and Viro® fibres. Only a cloth with warm water (and a bit of dishwashing liquid for tougher stains) is needed for general cleaning.
I am moving to a temperate country. Will the furniture warp or crack?
As our wood furniture is either upcycled or recycled and constructed from old material, there is a lesser moisture content. Thus the likelihood of expansion and contraction is also reduced.
However, wood is still a natural material, and we recommend that upon the first few weeks of arrival, you utilise a humidifier to help the wood adapt to the new, drier climate. Remember to keep it well moisturised with a good cream or wax.
Should I be concerned with watermarks on my table top?
There are different schools of thought with regards to watermarks. Our furniture is meant to be used in the home; every mark and scuff adds to the character of the piece you choose. This is why our collections are a popular choice for those without time on their hands (whether they are busy at work or with a growing family). Naturally, everyone wants to take care of their furniture as much as possible.
d-Bodhi furniture is a natural wood without any finish, which does require protection against water condensation from cold drinks. The diligent use of absorbent coasters definitely prevents condensation from forming a watermark on your wood table.