Teak wood is one of the most beautiful materials, the richest and most 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.
This wood is definitely worth considering when purchasing outdoor furniture, as it is high quality and has a long life, with beautiful characteristics.
It’s a strong material by itself already, but it’s also important to maintain it and clean the furniture in the right way. But don’t worry, it’s easy with a few tips:
It’s enough to maintain and clean it once a year, when not exposed to extreme usage or weather conditions. Cleaning and maintaining your teak wood will improve and preserve the beauty and quality of your furniture, without taking too much time.
Over time, the yellow-brown rich teak changes to elegant silver gray tones. Teak furniture in open-air areas is not immune against erosion, discoloration, mildew, and cracks, but it remains strong. The environmental conditions your teak wood is exposed to will affect the maintenance requirements of your furniture.
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.
First of all, you should clean your furniture with a dry cloth on a weekly basis to take off potential dirt and other accumulations, and maintain luster.
Our favorite way to clean the 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 don’t recommend to use a metallic brush as it can easily damage the wood !!
- The pressure washer has become quite popular, however 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.
- If you’re using chemical products, we recommend studying and following the instructions provided by the supplier to avoid unexpected results.
- 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, make sure the wood is dry before moving to the next step. 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.
When furniture is not in use for an extended period of time, protect it with our custom-fit outdoor covers. Before covering, furniture needs to be thoroughly
cleaned and dried. Cushions should be removed and stored in a dry place if possible.
Outdoor teak will naturally turn a silvery-grey shade, however 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 with the help of wind and sun.
Once the teak oil has dried, rinse the furniture with clean water and place in the sun to dry, then rinse oncce more before placing any cushions on the teak frames, Note: Do not rinse on a porous surface that could be stained by the teak oil.
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