Bamboo Maintenance

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The HOUE Outdoor table range is made using bamboo lamellas, or slats. Bamboo is an extremely robust, strong and versatile material but like all natural products it can fade or lighten overtime or, in the right conditions, be susceptible to mold or fungi spores. This is not unusual for a natural oiled product. New Zealand offers the perfect conditions for mold to grow due to its wet warm rainy days, followed closely by dry hot sunny days.

The information below, and the two movies, will explain how to look after your table and how to stay on top of fading or mold.

We have WOCA Danish furniture oil available to buy or you can source an oil from local paint retailers, however if you do please ensure you ask for an oil with anti fungal properties. In addition we can provide WOCA Anti-fungal furniture cleaner, available here.


PROCESS FOR RE OIL:  (download this page) (watch the movie)

Re-oiling your table is extremely easy and quick giving amazing results.

  1. Using a soft brush and water, wipe down your table and allow to dry.
  2. Lightly sand using a 200-240 grit sandpaper, sanding in the same direction as the grain in the bamboo. Wipe clean of any dust.
  3. Apply the oil using a soft paint brush. First run the brush edge in the gaps between the lamellas. Ensure you have covered this properly. Unlike stain, oil will not leave bubbles or drip lines.
  4. Once the spaces are done you can start on the surface – apply liberally to ensure even coverage and brush in the direction of the grain.
  5. Within 5 – 10 minutes of application use a rag to wipe off the excess oils on each lamella. Usually 3 strokes per lamella will remove enough.
  6. Allow to dry for 30 – 50 minutes.

For daily cleaning, it is recommended you use only hot water, as soapy water dissolves the oil.

Outside the season, store in a dry and ventilated room. Do not cover the bamboo top, as bamboo is a natural material that needs air to avoid fungi and mold spreading into the material.

REMOVING MOLD AND STAINS: (watch the movie)

If mold has appeared on your table during the wet winter months it is quick and easy to remove and restore your table. This may show up as black lines or small blotches in the wood.

About Houe

HOUE is a Danish design house founded in 2007.
HOUE are driven by a passion for Affordable Luxury and a desire to benefit from the vast pool of gifted design talents in Denmark. We mix beautiful and innovative design with mass appeal. Today HOUE offers both an outdoor and indoor collection always meeting our high standards in terms of design, price and quality.

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Danish Furniture Limited
2G Ashley Place, PO BOX 11241
Papamoa, Bay of Plenty 3118, New Zealand.
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