Monday, 3 February 2014

Help! My Outdoor Teak Furniture Is Changing Color

Authentic teak furniture is highly prized due to its exceptional level of aesthetics, style and durability. Harvested from the tropical tree Tectona grandis, it's a truly magnificent hardwood that's perfect for use in chairs, benches, stools, tables, desks and more. 

After leaving your teak furniture outside where it's exposed to the elements, you may notice the color gradually changing. When it's originally harvested, teak possesses a rich honey-amber color that's simply stunning. Over time, however, this color may change to a lighter beige-tan. While both of these color variations look amazing, some owners may prefer the original tone for their teak furniture.

Why Teak Furniture Changes Color


Teak contains essential oils which protect it from moisture, mildew, mold and rot. Unlike other types of untreated hardwood furniture, you can leave teak outside in the rain without fear of damaging it. Perhaps, this is why outdoor teak furniture has become such a popular choice over the years. Its natural oils act as a preservative to keep discourage the growth of microbes.

While teak is able to withstand rain, sleet and snow, the sun's powerful UV rays are capable of penetrating through the surface. Exposure to sunlight isn't going to cause any damage to teak furniture, but it may fade its color from a dark honey to more of a light tan. This isn't a fast process by any means, as it usually takes over half a year of constant sunlight exposure for any noticeable change in color to occur.

How To Preserve Your Outdoor Teak Furniture's Original Color


Let me first start off by saying that sun-faded teak furniture is perfectly fine. Leaving your outdoor teak furniture exposed to the sun for months or even years on end isn't going to cause any damage or jeopardize its structural integrity. With that said, some people prefer the slightly darker color of "fresh" teak hardwood.

So, how do you preserve the original honey-like color of outdoor teak furniture? The secret is to apply a layer of teak oil (purchased at most home improvement stores) about twice a year. Make sure you choose a UV-protected oil that's designed specifically for teak. Keeping a layer of this on your outdoor furniture offers a valuable layer of protection against the sun's UV rays.

Note: use caution to ensure that the entire surface area of your teak furniture is covered in oil. Leaving spots unoiled may result in uneven discoloration, which is something you don't want to happen to your furniture.

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