It may be winter for a few weeks yet, but spring is on the horizon! Well, you could say spring came to Belgium very early this year ... The only problem: our favourite lunch spot - the Hopper Picnic at Poperinge market - doesn’t look very inviting after a period of winter weather. Time to get this Hopper cleaned and ready for action!
Early spring cleaning of Hopper
Depending on the weather, wood needs a good polish at least once a year. We recommend it before spring and before winter, if your furniture is outside the year round. Pick one of those humid, cloudy days, as the wood retains its moisture better when it dries out slowly after cleaning. For thorough cleaning, we recommend our Extremis Wood Cleaner. This is a bio-degradable cleansing shampoo for wooden furniture. The product removes grey discolouration, green deposits and dirt. Should cracks appear, simply sand them down by hand with 80 grit sandpaper.
1. Dampen the surface
Dampen the surface with water. Use a hose (not a high pressure cleaner!)
2. Spray Extremis Wood Cleaner
Spray, spray, spray!
3 - Scrub the surface
Scrub the treated area with a nylon brush working length-wise along the wood until it is clean. The product will foam. For stubborn stains, repeat the treatment as we had to do with this bad boy.
4 - Rinse thoroughly
Rinse thoroughly with water until all the foam has disappeared. Rinse other parts of your furniture immediately too.
5 - Leave to dry completely
About 24 hrs at 20°C ambient temperature. Ensure good air circulation.
6 - Have your lunch break at the Hopper!
If you can't wait for the wood to dry, don't. Enjoy your lunch and wet pants...