Q. "How does the water drain off the these benches?"
A. Actually, on most of these benches, the water drains right through the bench. They are built with 1/8-inch space between each slat so that water drains right through to the shower drain. The exception is the fold down shower bench which has grooves milled into the surface to aid with drainage.
Q. "Will the bench slide around or move on the wet shower floor?"
A. According to the manufacturer, the bottom of each leg features a germ-free rubber strip permanently bonded to it to keep the bench stable and slip-resistant while showering.
Q. "Do I have to worry about mold or mildew with my in-shower bench?"
A. No. Teak is renowned worldwide for its resistance to mold, mildew and rot. It is also germ-free and all our benches are sanded smooth for maximum comfort.
Q. "How do I maintain my teak product?"
A. These teak products are as close to maintenance free as you can get. They resist mold or mildew and will maintain its beauty whether finished or unfinished. To maintain the finished look is no different than 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. Of course, 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. For more information on the care and cleaning of teak, click here.
Q. "How do I wash off my teak product?"
A. Cleaning Burmese teak is very simple. Use a mild solution of soap and water (for heavily soiled teak a mild solution of bleach and water) simply apply to the surface of the product and wipe or scrub off. This will remove the surface dirt and restore the teak to its natural beauty. For more information on the care and cleaning of teak, click here.
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.
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