Q."How do I clean my new teak product?" A. Cleaning Burmese teak is a fairly simple task. For lightly soiled teak use a mild solution of soap and water (for heavily soiled teak you will need to use a mild solution of bleach and water) and apply to the surface of the product and wipe or scrub off and rinse. This simple process will remove the surface dirt and residue restoring the teak to its natural beauty.
Q."How do I maintain my teak product?" A. Teak products require almost no maintenance. Due to teak's natural resistant properties they resist mold or mildew and will maintain the wood's beauty whether finished or unfinished. Maintaining finished teak is similar to polishing your wood furniture. Every few months, simply apply teak oil (available in any hardware store) to the surface of your product with a cloth. This process takes only a few minutes and will renew the finish on your teak product. If you prefer you can choose to let the teak age naturally. In time the teak oil will dissipate and the teak's natural oil content will continue to ward off mold and mildew. If not maintained with use of teak oil, the color of the teak will change as it ages to a silvery-gray color.
Q."What is the difference between the Burmese Teak and Plantation Teak?" A. The manufacturer states that the Burmese teak they use is "made of pure heartwood from mature Teak trees grown in the Indonesia/South East Asia region. Heartwood Teak provides an elegant piece with unique grain patterns and a beautiful rich color giving any area an immediate WOW factor. The high silica content in teak makes it an ideal wood to use when a slip resistant surface is needed and the natural oil makes the wood resistant to mold and mildew." The plantation teak is FSC certified and "comes from trees harvested from an actual plantation of younger Teak trees. Since we only use the heartwood of the tree, it has all the same qualities of old growth Burmese Teak but it is a little lighter in color." In both cases, the manufacturer states that the teak is harvested from reclaimed, sustainable forests, working with reputable, certified growers dedicated to maintaining the world's rainforests.
Q."The wastebasket looks like a planter. Can I use it as one?" A. The wastebasket would work very well as a decorative cover for an already-potted plant, since it doesn't have drainage holes. Just compare the dimensions of your existing pot to make sure it'll fit in the teak wastebasket for an easy decorative upgrade to your home or garden.