Teak is an extremely hardy wood, and does not easily get damaged by the elements. This is why it is so commonly used for outdoor furniture. If you have teak furniture on your patio, however, you will probably have noticed that it does get a little discoloured over time. In order to make sure that you maintain the wood at its best, and that the colour does not fade, you need to do a basic wash and use a sealer once a year. Especially if you want to maintain that new teak furniture appearance with its golden hues, read ahead to find out how to care for the wood.
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Now, you should make sure to do some basic cleaning to prevent any mould or mildew. All you need to do is use a bit of mild soap and water and gently wash the furniture with a rag. You can also use a bit of bleach or vinegar mixed with water to remove stains. Do not use metal brushes, and stick to plastic instead. If you have any stains that are particularly stubborn, you can get them out with teak cleaner. Always start with something mild first. You should not scrub too hard when cleaning this type of furniture. Try to avoid scrubbing against the grain as well, as this can damage the wood.
Teak furniture should be oiled at least once a year. If you want to retain the colour and the natural look of the wood, you need to use a sealer. If you do not treat the wood at least once a year, it will fade and discolour easily. Especially since you are leaving this furniture out in the sun, you need to make sure that it is well protected. If you have indoor teak furniture, you should not refrain from oiling it every so often. When buying sealer and teak oil, make sure you check the product for UV blockers and mould repellent. Clean the wood and wait until it dries. Then apply the sealer.
When you are applying the oil, you need to use a soft paintbrush and gentle strokes. This will ensure that the oil is evenly applied. Use a cloth to wipe off any excess oil. Make sure that you lay down old newspaper beneath the furniture so that nothing drips down onto the floor. You will need to keep applying the oil until it is no longer getting soaked up by the wood. When the oil begins to pool on the surface, you can be sure that it has seeped right into the wood.
Remember, it is natural for your teak furniture to go grey under the sun. This is normal fading. But if you do want to make sure that your furniture has a longer lifespan and retains its color, you need to do some basic cleaning and apply a sealer once a year. A well-maintained set of teak furniture can literally last hundreds of year. Whether on the patio or in the house, a beautiful set of golden teak furniture is classy and elegant.