Wine Barrels are made from some of the finest oak on the planet. Much of the oak used to make wine comes from France and Hungary. In the United States, some wine makers also use American Oak. The reclaimed wine staves used to make our furniture have usually been through several years of winemaking. The constant contact with wine provides some very unique and beautiful colors and patterns in the wood. Every barrel has its own unique characteristics. We love that no two wine barrel staves are the same.
LIKE ALL OUTDOOR WOOD FURNITURE.....WINE BARREL FURNITURE REQUIRES PERIODIC MAINTENANCE. FAILURE TO FOLLOW OUR SIMPLE MAINTENANCE GUIDELINES WILL RESULT IN A MUCH SHORTER LIFE SPAN FOR YOUR FURNITURE.
The required maintenance on your furniture will depend greatly on the location that your chairs are placed. Furniture left out in the open air with no covering and constant exposure to sun and rain will require more frequent maintenance that furniture that is placed under a covered patio etc. DIRECT SUNLIGHT IS THE HARSHEST ELEMENT ON ANY WOOD PRODUCT. Wine barrel products do well with water as long as your product is regularly oiled.
Both locations are perfectly acceptable. Just be aware that more exposure to the elements increases the frequency of required maintenance. We recommend placing all wood furniture in a location that has minimal direct sun if at all possible.
Im most Northern California climates, furniture should be oiled every 6-8 weeks in order to increase the life span of your furniture.
The good news is that the maintenance required is simple and not time consuming. We use an oil based stain on all of our products. We recommend using an oil based product to maintain your furniture. Products such as Penofin (Brazilian Rosewood Oil) , Teak Oil, Duckback, Howard's Feed n Wax, Orange Oil, and many more are readily available at most local hardware stores.. Any of these oil based products will work well on your furniture. We recommend a light sanding with 180 grit sandpaper prior to oiling in order to remove any dirt or other build-up on your furniture. All of the above listed oil based products need only be wiped or brushed on with the excess wiped off after a short period of time. Simply follow the instructions on the product that you are most comfortable using.
The best way to tell if you should oil your furniture is to see if water is beading up on it. If you drop some water on to the top facing parts of the furniture and it seems to soak into the wood rather than bead up....it is time for some oil.
if you have any questions, please submit an email via our contact form and we will be happy to help you out.
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