Welcome to Bloomfield Furniture
Our East Anglian showroom, is situated on the Essex and Suffolk border, in Bures. It boasts one of the largest permanent displays of quality plantation teak garden furniture. If you visit us you have the opportunity to browse and try out all the garden furniture on display. All items can be mixed and matched. Any purchases made can be delivered immediately or at your convenience.
Bloomfield Furniture is owned and managed by Richard and Noreen Bloomfield. We offer a hands on personal service and endeavour to make your garden furniture buying smooth and as easy as possible. If you are unable to visit and you require any information, about stock or delivery, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Why Teak? [Tectona Grandis]
Teak is one of the worlds most valuable timbers. It has a naturally high oil and rubber content, which makes it extremely durable and resistant to rotting when exposed for many years to extremes of both summer and winter. It is resistant to wood worm and it is these qualities that for centuries have made teak the first choice for decking, construction and the finest garden furniture. The teak used in our furniture comes from plantations created by the Dutch 200 years ago and which are now controlled by the Indonesian government which ensures new planting for a continuing supply. Teak does not require any protective coating, and the use of applied oils is purely cosmetic and will not extend the life of the furniture.
The Behaviour of Teak
Natural teak if left outdoors will gradually weather to a silver grey colour. This would probably take about 9 months depending on the amount of sun and rain it has been subjected to. Small cracks (known as checking) may appear, this is a characteristic of all hardwood timbers and will not affect the strength or durability of the furniture. This is due to the changes in the seasons and the wood releasing or drawing moisture from the atmosphere, checking is non structural in nature and is not to be considered as a defect.
Wood and Moisture
All wood in growing trees contains considerable quantities of water, commonly called sap. Most of this water should be removed in order to obtain satisfactory service from the wood in use. All wood gains or loses moisture in an attempt to reach a state of balance with the condition under which it is stored or used. The amount of moisture in wood is spoken of as its 'moisture content' timber used in our furniture is kiln dried so as to minimise the swelling and contracting of the furniture.
Teak Furniture Care Information
Treating with teak oil or other preservatives will not extend the life of your furniture, it is purely cosmetic. Should you prefer to retain its original colour we recommend that you should apply the oil before any weathering takes place. Ensure that the furniture is dry and free of dust and apply one light coat of oil with a clean cloth or brush, wiping off any excess oil. Teak oil should not be applied over accumulated dirt as the result will be dark and the furniture will eventually blacken. If necessary, remove previous oil or dirt by vigorous scrubbing or using a pressure hose. The pressure hose should be held at a distance of 6 to 8 feet away, set at about 1000psi (approximately 70 bar). Marks from spills on a tabletop, especially if they contain fat, should be avoided where possible, as they are difficult to remove. Any such marks will eventually be washed out by the elements. However this process may be accelerated by allowing the stain to soak into any absorbent material applied to it for a time under pressure and then rubbing with sandpaper in the direction of the grain
Our furniture is guaranteed for one year from the date of purchase against breakage, other than caused by misuse, and defective workmanship.