The stand is beautiful and well made, BUT the black mildew has been a problem for me. I inquired how to preserve the finish and the distributor told me to use Cabot's Australian Timber Finish. I applied at least 3 coats before I put it outside. After the fall ended I brought the stand inside and before returning it outside I applied 2 additional coats. I've owed the stand for a hear and a month and it is badly stained with black mildew. I was told to power wash. That didn't work. I pressure washed a test spot on the stand until I started to see the wood grain was being washed away. Pressure washing won't work. The distributor told me as a last resort that I'd have to sand the entire unit. I haven't done this yet, but for the money I paid for this piece of furniture, this solution is completely unsatisfactory.
Too bad that such a nice piece of good looking furniture go so ugly in only a year. I would not but this again.
The image shown was taken after extensive power washing. The entire stand is mildew stained.