How Does Gloster Furniture Survive in Seattle?

Gloster Patio Furniture

Moisture is one of the biggest dangers posed to outdoor furniture. Founded in 1960, Gloster furniture has been built to withstand Mother Nature’s onslaught for more than 60 years. 

This is particularly ideal for those of us living in the Pacific Northwest because we’re not short on moisture. On average, the Seattle area gets 38 inches of rain per year. While all those showers make for a beautifully lush landscape, they make it a tough place to weather the days. 

Mold and mildew are a constant concern for outdoor tables, chairs, and sectionals. Luckily, Gloster’s use of sustainably-sourced, sustainable teak is grown to be mold- and rot-resistant, making it the ideal choice for Seattle decks, Bellevue patios, Issaquah backyards, and more!

What Makes Gloster Furniture Teak Unique?

Described by Glosert as ‘seed to seat,’ the roots of their teak can be traced all the way back to West Africa in the 1960s. The company was founded by a dedicated group of entrepreneurs and craftsmen focused on creating sustainable and innovative luxury outdoor furniture. 

By the 1970s, demand for Gloster’s patio furniture increased. To keep up, Gloster’s workshops were relocated near their teak plantations in Indonesia. This allowed them easy access to the sustainably-grown teak forests, from which they still source their wood today. 

Did you know teak’s not native to Indonesia?

Teak was introduced to the Indonesian islands by Buddhist monks roughly 700 years ago. In the 19th century when the Dutch colonized the islands, they established large teak plantations that utilized sustainable management systems which are still in use today. 

The trees are continuously cared for by the local population. Labor-intensive production methods are deliberately employed to maximize employment and minimize environmental impact. 

Is it OK for Patio Furniture to Get Wet? 

It’s not uncommon for customers to question whether or not it’s okay for their patio furniture to get wet or what they should do with patio furniture when it rains? The short answer is, yes. 

Your patio furniture can get wet. The important thing is to let it dry completely. 

The longer answer is, it depends. High-end, rot-resistant patio furniture, like Gloster patio furniture, does not require special maintenance or additional protection, aside from occasional cleaning. 

If left exposed to the elements, the teak will naturally turn from golden-brown to a light silver grey. This process can take anywhere from 6-months to 2-years, depending on how much rain and sun the furniture experiences. 

Per Gloster’s own recommendations, this natural weathering process should be allowed to continue. The furniture should be cleaned once or twice a year with either warm water and a mild detergent or Gloster’s own Teak and Upholstery Cleaner.

Will the Texture of Teak Change as it Weathers?

It is possible that the smooth finish of your Gloster furniture will change as it’s exposed to the elements. Generally, this happens as the pattern of the grain becomes more pronounced and raised. The occasional light sanding can restore the smooth finish but is not needed to ensure the structural integrity of the furniture.

At NO TIME should your Gloster furniture ever be power washed, as this will erode the soft surface and leave it rough to the touch. 

Gloster’s Quality Craftsmanship

Teak is prized for its strength and beauty. The naturally occurring close grain makes teak an extremely hard wood, which the high oil content makes it difficult for moisture to penetrate. This unique combination creates a wood that is exceptionally ‘hard-wearing’ and highly resistant to:

  • Sun
  • Rain
  • Frost
  • Snow

But this exceptional structure takes time to develop — time which many companies don’t provide. It’s not uncommon for teak furniture to be made with wood that’s only 10-years-old. Gloster chooses only logs that are roughly 35-years or older. 

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