Thursday, 22 October 2015

Taking Care of your Teak Furniture

When you think about strength and durability, teak wood comes to mind. Not only is it a durable piece of wood, but also natural in appearance and requires very little care or maintenance. For this reason, teak furniture is ideal for the patio, deck or gazebo. Usually, it is sold as a finely sanded piece of furniture in its natural form or it is first treated using teak oil.

Treated or Untreated
If the teak furniture is not treated first with teak oil, it will turn silver-gray once it remains outdoors for a long time. Many people prefer it this way and certainly don’t mind the ‘turn of events.’ Other teak furniture owners love the original honey tone and will do what it takes to maintain its golden nature.

Maintaining the Look
To maintain the golden look, there are several simple steps that you can take. No matter what the look, though, teak will still stay strong and maintain its high quality. Many teak furniture owners delight in the fact that teak wood is naturally resistant to rot and mold. Yes, if not maintained, mildew can form on the surface of your teak furniture. However, with frequent care and cleaning, you can avoid seeing any discoloration to your treated or untreated teak wood.

Caring for Teak Furniture
When you clean your teak wood furniture regularly, you will avoid the build-up of mildew and possible discoloration. Use water and mild soap with a combination of vinegar and bleach. Mix them together and put in a spray bottle. Spray the mixture on a soft brush so you don’t scratch the surface. For hard-to-remove stains, use a teak cleaner, which you can purchase locally. Make sure you begin with mild cleaner, but if that doesn’t work, try the concentrated version.

Teak Oil
To retain the golden tone and enhance the look of your teak furniture, use teak oil. This method of cleaning is ideal for teak furniture that you keep indoors. If you use the oiling method for outdoor teak furniture, then you have to make sure that you do this on a regular basis such as every two months.

Oils to Use
Most professionals use tung oil on their teak furniture. However, linseed oil is also a common option. You can also find specialized oils with additives that keep mildew away and blocks the sunlight from damaging your furniture. Apply the new coat of oil using a soft paint brush. The new oil application will help to restore the initial personality and quality of the wood.


If you take time to clean your teak wood furniture, you will have it for years to come. If you don’t yet own a piece of teak furniture, it is time to buy one. You won’t regret it.

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