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Caring for your outdoor timber furniture

Caring for your outdoor timber furniture – Golden Care has over 20 years of history providing innovative care and timber maintenance solutions worldwide. Offering the largest selection of protectors, shields, cleaners, stain removers and wood colorants, Golden Care are the brand to know and trust when it comes to maintaining your outdoor timber. Here at Outdoor Living Direct we’re proud to partner with Golden Care to provide our customers with the number 1 choice in timber maintenance. We have a variety of products available both in store and online to help you maintain and care for your timber. Below are a list of these:

Golden Care teak protector

This easy to apply Teak Protector maintains the golden-brown colour of teak for a long time: up to 4 times longer than teak oil and up to twice as long as teak sealers.

This protector gives the teak a nice, natural colour after application compared to other teak oils which can often look too dark once applied. After applying this Teak Protector, we strongly recommend treating the surface with our Teak Shield to prevent stains.

Why is it so much better than teak oil/sealers:

– It maintains the honey brown colour of teak for a longer period of time

– Teak oil often causes black spots on the teak. Our protectors prevent black spots

– Our teak protector is not an oil and is not greasy, so clothes stay clean

– Most teak oils/sealers contain hazardous solvents/VOCs. Our protector is completely water based and solvent free: that is why it’s considered EcoSafe

Golden Care teak cleaner

A cleaner and brightner in one! Clean and restore discoloured, dark grey teak and hardwood, with the Golden Care Teak Cleaner. A water-based formula containing both a high concentrated cleaner, as well as brigtening ingredients guaranteed to restore teak/hardwood to it’s original, natural, golden colour.

Rather than using a separate cleaner and brightner, take the hassle out of maintaining your timber thanks to Golden Care. Golden Care is an all in one product that’s easy to apply and the results are sure to please.

Unlike most other teak cleaners on the market, the Golden Care Teak Cleaner is classified as non-hazardous and EcoSafe.

Golden Care teak shield

Help prevent stains while keeping the natural surface look of your timber with the help of the Golden Care teak shield.

An almost invisible wood barrier that makes it difficult for wine, olive oil, butter or coffee to seep into the timber. Designed for optimal penetration into dense, low porosity surfaces the Golden Care Teak Shield allows for moisture vapour transmission as well as acting as a mould and mildew inhibitor.

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Keep your outdoor furniture looking good as new thanks to the Golden Care Multi Surface Outdoor Furniture Cleaner.

Ideal for wicker, fibers, cushions, polywood, leatherlook and vinyl – simply spray the cleaner onto the surface and allow the application to soak for 30 seconds. Remove the dirt with a sponge or soft scrubbing brush, then rinse with water. Severely stained surfaces may require a second treatment.

EcoSafe and easy to use.

Golden Care fabric protector

Protect your outdoor fabrics with the Golden Care Upholstery and Fabric Protector.

This protector acts as a barrier to stains, dirt, water and moisture and will keep your outdoor fabrics looking good as new for years to come. To apply the Protector simply use a Golden Care application cloth in such a way that the fabric is completely soaked. Allow to dry before further use.

Ideal for outdoor fabrics, cushions and parasols. Easy to use, EcoSafe and comes complete with a +UV block.

Golden Care wicker protector

Protect your wicker outdoor furniture thanks to the Golden Care Synthetic Fibers and Wicker Protector.

Complete with a UV filter to prevent discolourisation the Golden Care Wicker Protector will also help to prevent stains and will maintain the look of your wicker for many years to come.

To use simply clean your wicker furniture with a soft brush, spray a thin layer of the Wicker Protector onto the surface and let it dry for 3 minutes. Once the 3 minutes is up wipe with a soft, dry cloth.

Golden Care application cloths

The Golden Care application cloths are an easy and effective way of applying the cleaner, protector or shield to your outdoor products. Simply spray or apply the cleaner, protector or shield and wipe using the application cloth. Once complete rinse the cloth and hang to dry.

Golden Care scrubbing pads

The Golden Care brown scrubbing pads are ideal for cleaning teak and other hardwoods. Simply spray or apply the cleaner, protector or shield and clean using the scrubbing pad. Once complete rinse the pad and wait to dry.

The Golden Care white scrubbing pads are ideal for cleaning non wood outdoor products. Simply spray or apply the cleaner, protector or shield and clean using the scrubbing pad. Once complete rinse the pad and wait to dry.

Shop the entire Golden Care range in store or online at Outdoor Living Direct today.

We have two Melbourne showrooms, open to the public 7 days a week.

Cheltenham – 337 Warrigal Road Cheltenham | (03) 9583 3060

Hoppers Crossing – 283 Old Geelong Road Hoppers Crossing | (03) 8742 2931

Hope to see you soon!

Resort style luxury in your own backyard

Make your backyard feel like a luxury resort!

Resort style luxury in your own backyard. Australians are renowned for living and loving the outdoor lifestyle. From the time we take our first steps we are introduced by our parents to the great outdoors. It has long been a tradition and a dream of couples and families to have a house with a pool or live near the beach. Just look at the amount of us that live within an hour of the coast and you get the drift.

Another long held tradition is to have some outdoor furniture to be able to fully enjoy the tranquillity and socialising that comes with the outdoor living lifestyle.

 


Not too far back, we had to content ourselves with a limited choice of what we could buy to dress up the outdoor area of our homes. Choices were quite limited and backyards were full of either a one size timber rectangular table with matching chairs or a small round table with hard back aluminium framed chairs if you hard a courtyard or smaller space to sit outside.

 


Choice was then introduced by way of wicker and canvas sofas and chairs. While it was an improvement to the timber and pre moulded outdoor settings, style, colour and material choice was still limited. In other words, it was basic.

We first noticed the real change in sophistication, choice, style and range about three years ago when we went to live on the stunning Sunshine Coast in Queensland. We were fortunate enough to live in a house on a canal as a backdrop and the pool area was a feature along with a patio that gave us enough space to decide it was time to upgrade our own outdoor setting – yes, the timber rectangular version – that had been a loyal servant but was getting on in years. It was time to turn our backyard into a luxury resort style chill zone!

Making the decision to upgrade your outdoor furniture into a resort luxury style area!

Once we made the decision to buy and upgrade our outdoor living furniture, our online search revealed a plethora of options, prices and styles. Yes, things had certainly changed and improved since we were last in the market.

Through word of mouth feedback and a chat with some manufacturers and retail outlets, it quickly became apparent that quality was the most important consideration given the furniture effectively ‘lived’ outside 24/7. Sounds simple in theory and it was our major consideration however, when there are options aplenty in any market, there are many who are happy to claim their product and service is the best.

 


The quality consideration becomes more apparent when, despite the fact the outdoor furniture setting would be housed under a wide awning and protected from the elements, we know how severe and harsh our wether can be in this country.

Weighing all this up – quality, choice, range, service and price – our three months of detailed research both online, face to face and via word of mouth recommendations revealed we would be best served getting our outdoor furniture for Queensland from a Melbourne based retailer. We are happy to report it was a great decision.

 

 

Outdoor Living Direct and its proprietor John Strahan simply provided five star service and a range that gave us the opportunity to create our own little slice of luxury resort living that we still remember fondly. To this day we add little bits and pieces to complement our original setting and wherever we are located, it becomes a luxury feature of our house and entertaining area.

Our original outdoor setting is still the hero of the backyard and has grown with little additions of cushions, ornaments and plant colour. What has been noticeable is the furniture just has not weathered or aged a bit. And that is a point of difference for Outdoor Living Direct. All their furniture is built to suit Australian conditions. Having been through several south east Queensland storms and the tail of a cyclone, we can guarantee it came through with flying colours. It is certainly made of sturdy stuff.

 


John was proud to explain his philosophy of operating this success business that has been the go to brand for several well known television programs in Australia.

“We believe in our products. We understand that furnishing an outdoor area is about more than just acquiring objects: it’s about enjoying the good life outdoors. It’s about making the most of great weather and the best of company. We do our bit to make this experience all that it can be by specialising in high quality items that offer the finest in comfort, style, durability and convenience.

This means we stock products we’d like to have in our own backyards. In fact, many of us on the Outdoor Living Direct team have bought items from our range for our own backyards, as have our friends and family.”
And what about those TV programs that have called on John and his team to showcase outdoor living areas under the critical gaze of well known stylists and designers?

Our products have appeared on TV programs such as The Block, Better Homes and Gardens, and The Living Room. 2011’s winners of The Block, Polly and Waz, purchased a black Kakadu Premium Pod Chair, and 2011 contestants Josh and Jenna bought a black San Martin lounge setting. In 2014 our brown/mushroom Kakadu Premium Pod Chair appeared in Darren and Dee’s winning room on The Block Glasshouse, and our three piece Killara balcony setting in black/black appeared on Channel 10’s The Living Room.

 

 

Our seven piece Tinamba modular lounge has also featured on an episode of Better Homes and Gardens: the show’s presenter Tara Dennis was so impressed with our Tinamba modular lounge set she bought one for herself! Most recently our scatter cushions and bench cushion appeared in Karlie and Will’s outdoor terrace on The Block 2016. Karlie and Will were fortunate enough to win The Block 2016 and it was a pleasure working with them both throughout the series.

Having created our own little piece of luxury resort living in several homes and locations, we can attest to the brilliant product and accessories range, the peace, tranquillity and classiness that it has added to our outdoor space. And it appears the designs and desire to create a beautiful outdoor space are continuing to evolve.

The outdoor room

A trend that’s showing no sign of slowing down is the creation of a permanent outdoor living space that extends and flows on from the rest of the home. Outdoor rooms are a wonderful way of extending your living space and with a bit of planning and design you can instantly turn your garden or deck into a luxurious outdoor living space.

John gave Luxuriaus his tips for creating a luxury outdoor room.

“Creating this outdoor space need not be hard. We have a few a few tips to help create an area that flows on from the inside of your home creating a dynamic unity between the two.
Firstly a little planning will go a long way. Considerations to make note of:

  • How much space do you have and where is it situated in relation to your home?
  • Where will the area start and finish is relation to your home?
  • Are there any structural elements needed or already existing which will affect your design?
  • What is the purpose of your outdoor space? What do you intend to do within the space?
  • What will the area look like?
  • What aspects from the inside of your home do you intend to recreate?

Space

Consider how much space you have to work with and if need be create different zones within the area. If you plan to build a deck or a pool consider their location in comparison to your house and the rest of your outdoor space. It’s also important to work out at this stage what other structures you would like included within the design such as walls, steps, decking, concrete, grass, blinds, sheds, plants or water features.

As well as thinking about the structures you would like to include also consider any existing structures that may impact your design.

Purpose

Importantly, ask yourself ‘what will this area be used for? Is your intention to create a relaxing outdoor oasis to sit back and unwind or do you intend to use the space for entertaining family and friends or maybe it could be both. Whatever the purpose may be consider all aspects and use this time to plan and design wisely.”

How to create an on trend outdoor area at your home

How to create an on trend outdoor area at your home – A trend that’s showing no sign of slowing down is the creation of a permanent outdoor living space that extends and flows on from the rest of the home. Outdoor rooms are a wonderful way of extending your living space and with a bit of planning and design you can instantly turn your garden or deck into a luxurious outdoor living space. The outdoor area of a home has come a long way. Rather than simply being a place to hang your laundry or an area to plant a few plants, outdoor rooms are now being embraced by home owners and are becoming a natural extension of the home. By doing this you are essentially creating another living area within the home which is only going to help you financially down the track if you ever decide to sell.


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Creating this outdoor space need not be hard. Below are a few tips to help you create an area that flows on from the inside of your home creating a dynamic unity between the two.

Firstly a little planning will go a long way. Considerations to make note of:

  • How much space do you have and where is it situated in relation to your home?
  • Where will the area start and finish is relation to your home?
  • Are there any structural elements needed or already existing which will affect your design?
  • What is the purpose of your outdoor space? What do you intend to do within the space?
  • What is your budget?
  • What is your time frame?
  • What will the area look like?
  • What aspects from the inside of your home do you intend to recreate?
  • Who will be using the area

Space

Consider how much space you have to work with and if need be create different zones within the area. If you plan to build a deck or a pool consider their location in comparison to your house and the rest of your outdoor space. It’s also important to work out at this stage what other structures you would like included within the design such as walls, steps, decking, concrete, grass, blinds, sheds, plants or water features.

As well as thinking about the structures you would like to include also consider any existing structures that may effect your design.

Purpose

Next ask yourself ‘what will this area be used for? Is your intention to create a relaxing outdoor oasis to sit back and unwind or do you intend to use the space for entertaining family and friends or maybe it could be both. Whatever the purpose may be consider all aspects and use this time to plan and design wisely.


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Budget

The next step is to consider your budget and the materials in which you will use to create this space. Ask yourself how much money do I have to work with? Create a list of what you intend to do within the space and factor in all of these costings. Sticking to a budget is important and will ensure your project runs smoothly and effortlessly. Researching various materials and methods at this stage can be quite handy in determining what will work and what won’t in terms of your budget.

Time frame

Depending on the size of the project, you may want to carry out certain projects in phases to suit your budget and time frame. Or you may be working toward a certain date in which you need the space complete. Whatever the reason planning your time wisely is essential in creating a stress free project.

Style

Style is another important consideration. What will your area look like? What colours will you use? Will you continue your internal house colours outside creating a natural flow from the inside out? What is your personal style? What do you like and dislike? What kind of furniture will you use to fill the space? Asking yourself these questions will determine the look and feel of your space and will help to make important design and style decisions throughout the project.

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Also ask yourself who will be using the area? Adults, kids, both?


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Will it be a space for entertaining? Will it be a space for relaxing? And will there be different zones for the adults and the kids? If kids will be using the space it’s important to consider safety factors at this point of the planning stage. If you intend to install a pool for example ensure you adhere to the safety guidelines when it comes to fencing. If your plan is to build a deck ensure you have adequate railing and all safety guidelines are met.