Caring for your Outdoor Teak Furniture
Outdoor Teak-grade wood is a popular choice for outdoor furniture due to its durability and natural resistance to weather and pests. It's popularity as an outdoor furniture material is due to the minimal maintenance that is required.
Teak is a tropical hardwood that is known for its rich golden-brown colour and its ability to withstand the elements. However, if you want to preserve its beauty and functionality over time and prevent the wood from 'ageing' there are some simple steps you can take.
- Clean your teak furniture regularly
The first step in caring for your teak furniture is to clean it regularly. Teak can accumulate dirt and grime over time, which can lead to discolouration and damage. To clean your teak furniture, you can use a soft-bristled brush or sponge and a mild detergent solution. Be sure to rinse thoroughly with water and allow the furniture to dry completely before using it.
- Protect your teak furniture from the elements
Teak wood has a natural golden-brown colour that will fade over time to a silver grey patina. This can take approximately 9 - 12 months, depending on how much sunlight and rain the piece is exposed to. The change in colour to grey does not affect the quality or durability of the furniture. To maintain the wood’s natural colour, you can apply teak oil or a weather shield to your furniture every 6-12 months. Teak oil will also help to protect the wood from the elements and prevent it from drying out or cracking. Do note that the application of a teak oil can darken the colour of the wood.
As teak is a natural material, it may develop fine cracks that will not affect the life or durability of your teak outdoor furniture. These small cracks can then disappear when atmospheric conditions change.
By following these simple tips, you can help prevent your teak wood from getting a grey patina over time and keep it looking beautiful and well-maintained for years to come.
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