Teak wood is a beautiful material, rich and durable for your outdoor furniture set up.
Teak is not only extremely resistant to the weather, but also to bugs and can last for decades.
To optimize the lifespan of your furniture, there are some simple steps you can take to preserve the condition of the teak.
Typically, we recommend that maintenance be carried out every 6 months depending on usage or weather conditions (If kept under cover, then maintenance will be required less often). Ideally you should clean your furniture with a dry cloth on a weekly basis to take off potential dirt and other accumulations, and maintain luster.
Note that while teak is durable, it is not immune against erosion, discoloration, mildew & cracks. Furniture in a coastal environment or strong sunlight will require more frequent maintenance.
Newly purchased outdoor teak furniture can experience the natural oil surfacing, so we advise to rinse the teak frame with water and let it dry, then rinse and allow to dry one more time before placing the cushions to avoid any mark or stains on fabrics. This should be done whether your teak furniture is finished with or without teak oil. Areas where the natural oil has surfaced will look like watermarks, and can be removed by gentle washing explained below.
Our favorite way to clean outdoor teak furniture is to use a soft brush and some normal hand or dishwashing soap diluted with lot of water. Brush smoothly following the grain of the wood.
!! We strongly recommend not to use a metallic brush as it can easily damage the wood !!
If the furniture is in a saltwater environment, rinse weekly to remove the salt deposit.
When furniture is not in use for an extended period of time, you can protect it with our custom-fit outdoor covers. Before covering, make sure your furniture is cleaned and dried. Cushions should be removed and stored in a dry place if possible.
Outdoor teak will naturally turn a silvery-grey shade; you may wish to prevent this process. Teak Oil can prevent the wood from turning silver grey. It will act as nourishment and protector for the wood and you will feel and see the difference!
You can find a large variety of teak products on the market; just choose one that fits your furniture and needs.
Make sure the furniture is completely dry before applying any solutions. Otherwise, it can lead to unequal tones and stains on your furniture.
You can apply the teak oil with a sprayer, sponge, brush or simply with a piece of fabric. Our favorite remains the brush.
Apply a thin layer with the brush/cloth/sprayer and then wipe with a clean cloth in order to remove any excess oil. The furniture can dry in your outdoor area.
Once the teak oil has dried, rinse the furniture with clean water and place in the sun to dry, then rinse once more and allow to dry again before placing any cushions on the teak frames, Note: Do not rinse on a porous surface that could be stained by the teak oil.
Teak Shield is a colourless product that allows the teak to go naturally grey. It gives a water repellent layer that resists dust penetration.
Ensure that the teak is 100% dry. Apply a layer of Golden Care® Teak Shield using a soft lint-free cloth, and allow it to penetrate into the wood. Allow it to dry for 4 hours and apply a second coat. Allow the furniture to dry for 24 hours before exposing it to weather conditions.
Teknos is a water based product for outdoor use.
The surface of wooden elements should be cleaned twice a year. Wash the surfaces thoroughly with clean water to remove dust, grime and insects. This type of impurity can lead to the increased growth of green algae and other surface fouling.
Following installation and subsequently every six months (but not during periods of frost) a care lotion should be applied. Care lotion gives a new shine and refreshes protection but does not replace the traditional renovation of the damaged coating.
Check the cleaned surfaces for damage. Any damage must be treated as follows:
a) In the case of minor surface damages, where wood is intact, the damaged areas (preferably these alone), should be sanded lightly with sandpaper (grain 180-220) and thoroughly brushed to remove sanding dust. Please note that the primer should not be sanded through. Then treat the surface with two applications of topcoat (use a brush for acrylic-based products).
b) If there is deep damage where the naked wood is exposed, sand the damaged area with sandpaper (grain 180–220) and then apply one coat of water-based wood preservative(*). Then apply one coat of primer – opaque or translucent (to arrive at the same underlying colour as for the rest of the treated wood. Finally, finish with two coats of topcoat – again either opaque or translucent (use a brush intended for acrylic-based products).
c) The following should be observed when applying:
Application of the wood preservative (*), primer and topcoat may not be performed at outdoor temperatures below +8°C or at a relative humidity in excess of 85%. Products like the above mentioned which are diluted with water can only be stored for a limited time. In closed packaging and when stored above 5°C, the shelf life is approximately 24 months.
4. Confirmed maintenance:
To comply with possible warranty requirements, cleaning and maintenance are usually obligatory, so ensure you can prove that care and maintenance has been performed as described above.*
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