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Timber

| What is Iroko Timber?

Bloc Outdoor timber furniture is made from Iroko timber. It comes from the Iroko tree which is native to the West Coast of Africa. It is also known as “African Teak”. The timber has been sustainably sourced.

Iroko timber is tough, dense, durable and resistant to decay. From the outset it appears to be a light yellow or honey brown in colour with a straight grain, colour variation is to be expected, initially. It is Bloc’s choice of timber due to its ability to perform when exposed to all outdoor weather conditions.

| Joinery

All our timber furniture has been manufactured with “mortise and tenon” joins and pinned with visible dowels. We only make use of waterproof glue and stainless steel screws.

| Maintenance & Care

Bloc outdoor furniture has been treated with a 10% white outdoor oil prior to leaving the factory. The oil seals and protects the timber against minor stains and slows down the drying out process when exposed to the outdoor elements. It then becomes the owner’s choice/responsibility whether they would like to maintain the beauty and colour of the timber or whether they would like it to age gracefully.

| How do I ensure my items remain in good condition?

In order to maintain the natural beauty and colour of the timber, for the best long term results, we recommend a maintenance routine (when needed) using our preferred oil. The maintenance required will depend on the level of exposure to the outdoor elements. The maintenance routine can be done as follows:

The cushions need to be removed
One must give the timber a light sand with 100 grit sand paper
Excess dust should be cleaned off with a dry cloth
Shake and/or stir the tin of oil so that it mixes properly before use 
Apply oil to a mutton cloth and cover all the area’s of the timber surfaces evenly
Only apply a medium film of oil – it should not be dripping
Leave on for about 15 minutes to allow the oil to penetrate. If you leave it on for too long it will dry like syrup and become sticky
Dispose of the used cloth by first saturating it with water as the oil is flammable.

If one chooses not to maintain their timber furniture it will gradually change and lighten in colour depending on its exposure to the outdoor elements, thus, eventually weathering to a silver-grey patina. When the timber weathers, slight surface cracking is expected as the timber is ‘drying out’. This is a purely natural outcome and should not be considered as a structural defect. The furniture will still continue to serve its function for years to come. That being said one can maintain/restore their furniture at any given time.

| Timber Guarantee

Bloc Outdoor offers a 2-year guarantee against structural and faulty workmanship unless damage is caused due to misuse, negligence or any other act of nature. Timber is a natural product and slight surface cracking and movement is expected. Unless damage is caused due to misuse, negligence or any other act of nature.

Porcelain Stoneware

| About the material

Porcelain was introduced as a material for our table tops. We use “full-body” porcelain stoneware. It is a high-performance, high quality, all weather, durable material. It is also freeze/thaw resistant.

| Maintenance & Care

Abrasive soaps, and almost any regular household cleaning agent can be used with absolute confidence on porcelain surfaces. In almost all cases, it can easily be cleaned using a normal cloth and normal household detergents.

One should avoid cutting directly on the porcelain surface. This you should not do for any other product in any event.

Avoid placing very hot pots or utensils directly on the concrete surface. This is not advisable for any other product in any event.

| Guarantee

Workmanship: BLOC Outdoor offers a 2-year guarantee against structural and faulty workmanship unless damage is caused due to misuse, negligence or any other act of nature other than natural weather conditions. Care must be taken when moving any table with a porcelain top. Never “drop” or “drag” your table. Rather lift, and place gently.

It is not advised to sit, stand or jump on any porcelain top. Similarly, striking our porcelain tops with a hard or solid object can cause damage or fracturing. Ensure that all four table legs touch the ground firmly to offer maximum support to the porcelain top.

Material: Notwithstanding the above, our porcelain surfaces are guaranteed to withstand direct and harsh outdoor weather conditions.

Cushions & Fabric

Our cushions are made from high-quality medium-density foam. In some cases, we use “unicurl” in our back cushions for a softer and more comfortable feel. The cushions are wrapped and covered with an “inner fabric” for protection. The slip-cover is then made in your selected fabric. All our fabric options are UV, rain, stain and mould resistant.

It is important to follow the care, cleaning and maintenance instructions of that particular fabric brand. Although it is a completely outdoor product we recommend that one should store the cushions in a dry place or cover them with outdoor covers. When completely soaked in water/rain we recommend that you take the cushions out of their covers and stand them upright until dry.

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Rope

| About the material

We use UV-resistant polyester rope which is used in the marine and boating industry. It has been tried and tested in extreme weather conditions. The rope strong and durable. We incorporate rope on selected chairs and sofas as it provides a comfortable seating experience and serves as a unique design feature.

| Maintenance & Care

The rope is low maintenance and only requires cleaning when needed. This can be done with a scrub brush and warm soapy water – then rinsed with clean water after. It will still retain its true colour for years to come.

| Guarantee

Workmanship: Bloc Outdoor offers a 2-year guarantee against structural and faulty workmanship unless damage is caused due to misuse, negligence or any other act of nature.

Metals

| About the material

We make use of Aluminium. It is a material which offers great structural strength, durability and requires little to no maintenance. The Aluminium has been treated and powder-coated in order to ensure long term durability while being exposed to the outdoor elements.

| Maintenance & Care

Aluminium is low maintenance and only requires cleaning when needed. This can be done with a cloth and warm soapy water – then wiped/dried after.