How to take care of your solid teak furniture ? - WariHow

How to take care of your solid teak furniture ? - WariHow
2018-05-28 08:18:01 visibility WARIHow

WARIHOW | Teak Care & Maintenance

How to take care of your solid teak furniture.

The Teak Characteristics

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 optimise 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 lustre.

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 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.

 

How to wash Warisan Teak Furniture? It’s more simple than it sounds!

Our favourite way to clean outdoor teak furniture is to use a soft brush and some normal hand or dishwasher soap mixed with a 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 !!

  • The pressure washer has become quite popular as an alternative. Note: we strongly recommend keeping enough distance between the machine and wood. Close, high pressure can damage the wood and joinery. Although a pressure washer is faster, you will get a much better and more harmonious result with a soft brush.
     
  • When using any soap or product, always rinse the furniture with clean water after and let it dry before moving on to the next step. Once the piece is dry, it will be easier to notice areas that might need a bit of extra attention. After taking care of these spots, lightly sanding the furniture before applying teak oil will help to reduce any rough patches.

If the furniture is in a saltwater environment, rinse weekly to remove the salt deposit.

  • If you’re using chemical products, we recommend studying and following the instructions provided by the supplier to avoid unexpected results.

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.

How to Apply Teak Oil?

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 favourite 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.

How to Reapply Teak Shield?

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.

 

 

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