One of the endearing qualities of teak is its amazing resistance to the elements. Teak can be left outside untouched and untreated for many years and over time the original colour will weather to a silver-grey. If you wish to remove the silver-grey appearance Westminster can supply a Cleaner and Protector kit where the instructions should be followed carefully.
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), is a non-profit organisation that ensures that forestry is practised in an environmentally responsible and socially beneficial manner. If a product is labelled as “FSC Certified,” it means that the wood used in the product and the manufacturer that made it has met the requirements of the Forest Stewardship Council.
The FSC certification is considered the “gold standard” for wood harvested from forests that are responsibly managed, socially beneficial, environmentally conscious, and economically viable. Westminster is proud to offer its teak furniture products constructed solely using FSC certified timber for the benefit of our planet and future generations. FSC Teak hardwood is generally younger than its non-certified counterparts and therefore its characteristics can differ with a wider grain and paler colour. This does not detract from strength or durability of the final product which will last outside, untreated, for many years.
This unique long lasting weathered teak is achieved using an oil blocking agent followed by a four layer specialised pigment coloured Polyurethane and sanding process. Over five years eventually the weathered teak will lighten in colour if left to the elements, therefore it’s recommended to use an All Weather Cover during the winter months. Stong chemicals or physical abuse will cause damage to the finish. A power wash can be used to clean the furniture which will not effect the finish, while we do recommend at least a 6 inch gap between the nozzle and furniture.
The majority of our weave furniture is hand woven with Viro® fibre, a premium synthetic Polyethylene material. Highly flexible, UV and weather resistant, this fibre is designed to be insensitive to temperature differences. All Westminster resin weave furniture is easy to keep clean and virtually maintenance free.
We use 304 grade stainless steel in our products. Containing a minimum of 18% chromium and 8% nickel it retains an structure at all temperatures. 304 grade is the most widely used of all stainless steels. Its chemical composition, mechanical properties, weld ability and oxidation resistance provide the best all-round performance. This material can show signs of staining or discolouration over time (commonly referred to as “tea staining”). This is purely cosmetic. We recommend using a stainless steel cleaner which removes the oxidisation and restores the metals natural glossy finish. Cleaning will be necessary more regularly in coastal areas due to salt exposure.
Westminster ceramic table tops are made using a 3mm ceramic sheet fused with 5mm tempered glass which ensures maximum strength and durability. As is the case with any natural material, each ceramic table top surface is individual, beautiful, natural and distinctive. The ceramic surface is highly resistant to scratches, UV, high and low temperatures. The tables tops are also hygienic and very easy to clean, with almost zero water absorption making them frost and weather proof. Although dirt cannot penetrate the ceramic surface, we do recommended cleaning the surface in order to prevent the build-up of grease and contaminants with warm water and mild detergents.
High Pressure Laminate is a combination of highly compressed wood fibre and resin, with a durable lightly textured surface, particularly suited for use outdoors. It is UV and heat resistant, weatherproof and highly scratch-resistant.
Westminster glass is toughened safety glass with a pebble textured finish designed for use outdoors. Only water should be used to clean Pebble Glass tops. DO NOT use house hold detergents which can react against the pebble finish. Pebble glass will fade over time. When water-soluble salts are carried to the surface by water, which evaporates and leaves a powdery salt deposit on the surface, we called this white staining “efflorescence” which should be allowed to weather away naturally especially on new tops, Any deposit remaining can be removed or reduced by treatment with clean cold water. Since the deposits are water soluble, washing down may result in the solution being partially re-absorbed. This may be minimized by using a clean damp spong, which should be rinse frequently in clean water. Chemical methods should never be used for the removal of efflorescence.
Aluminium is a proven lightweight material which is very strong and therefore ideal for use as outdoor furniture. The aluminium is powder coated to prevent oxidation and ensure years of outdoor use.
SUNBRELLA® FABRIC LOUNGE
Westminster work with Sunbrella®, a fabric made of acrylic fibres with pigmentation added prior to extrusion, offering the rich look and feel of cotton. It will not fade or degrade and comes with a 5 year guarantee. Even in the harshest climates, Sunbrella® provides years of care free service guaranteed against the elements. Can be cleaned with water, bleach solution or by careful use of a high pressure washer. All Fabric Lounge furniture and cushions are required by UK law to conform to UK Domestic Fire Regulations BS5852 Part 1 & Part 2. A specialized FR treatment is applied to both the Quick Dry Foam filling and the Sunbrella Fabric during manufacture. This process means that the furniture/cushions are up to 3 times heavier than non-treated products, which keeps the furniture and cushions stable in windy conditions and additionally ensures the fabric is tauter which results in much reduced wrinkles in the fabric. Westminster only use superior Sunbrella™ fabric in the manufacture of our fabric products and are exclusive suppliers of the unique Sunbrella™ “In & Out” range of Natural, Taupe Grey and Charcoal Sunbrella™ fabrics with flecked lines applied giving more depth and appeal to the eye. PLEASE NOTE: Sunbrella Cushions when new can appear to be firm due to the fire retardant treatment. After use and water permutation the cushions soften.
QUICK DRY FOAM
Westminster use an advanced, high-performance foam designed specifically for outdoor cushions and furniture. The porous open-cell structure allows water to drain rapidly and fresh air to circulate freely. in typical spring summer days your furniture will be bone dry within 30 mins – 1 hour. PLEASE NOTE: Sunbrella Cushions when new can appear to be firm due to the fire retardant treatment. After use and water permutation the cushions soften.
Westminster offer a wide selection of parasols to suit all requirements, from smaller centre pole sunshades to heavier duty, multi-position cantilever parasols. Added to this, a new outdoor Pergola.
SUNRISE AND SUNSET CANTILEVER PARASOLS
The heavy duty Sunset and medium duty Sunrise cantilever parasols are manufactured from high performance aluminium. Both parasols have 8 aluminium ribs with discreet, integral LED lighting strips and are available in two sizes: 3.5m round and 4m x 3m rectangular. They can be rotated through 360 degrees by use of a foot pedal and a control handle gives a number of different shading angles. The canopies are manufactured from 100% Spuncrylic polyester and available in Grey, Natural or Taupe colours. A detachable dimmer control unit is supplied as standard.
Parasol fabric can develop mould in excessively damp conditions and stains will appear if left under trees. darker parasol fabric is more susceptible to fading than lighter colours. The guarantee does not cover fabric fading, therefore we recommend use of the included all weather cover when the parasol is not in use. Replacement canvases are available to order. Please note: We strongly advocate the use of a base stand with all Westminster parasols. Always close parasols when not in use or unattended and do not use in windy conditions.
The unique colour coded concrete Standard Base stand comes with a stainless steel tube a removable handle and in built heavy duty wheels to allow easy maneuvering. Will take 38mm, 48mm & 58mm parasol poles.The cantilever parasols can only be used in conjunction with their specific base stands or in ground bases.
ALL WEATHER COVERS
Designed to cover a complete set including table and chairs, Westminster furniture covers are available in various sizes made from polyester PVC coated fabric. Covers are also available for our deep seating ranges.
Products using dark stitching in particular will bleach to white colour due to UV light.