Teak is extremely durable and weather resistant due to its natural oil content.
Furniture Care Tips
Teak Furniture Care
Teak is an extremely durable and weather resistant hardwood from Southeast
Asia. The naturally high oil content makes this wood stable when exposed
to a range of climatic conditions.
A centuries old favorite of marine
builders, teak has become very popular for furniture manufacturing. Teak
makes an excellent choice for outdoor furniture.
Unfinished Teak Furniture
Untreated or unfinished teak weathers with time to a silver grey color and
can be maintained easily with a periodic cleaning to remove accumulated
dirt and some stains.
Using a warm water and soap or detergent solution,
gently scrub the wood in the direction of the grain. Rinse thoroughly and
allow to dry completely before use. Using a pressure nozzle on your garden
hose will help to loosen most dirt and debris that has accumulated in
corners and crevices.
Pressure washing your teak furniture should be done with extreme care as
damage could result from the use of excessive pressure. A pressure of 1200psi or less is sufficient.
Adjust the nozzle to a fan pattern as opposed
to a small jet stream and maintain 6-10" between the nozzle and the
furniture surface being cleaned.
Pre-wetting the furniture will help to
soften dirt build up and require less pressure washing.
Pressure washing may raise the grain of the wood and require a light
sanding with a medium-fine sandpaper when completely dry. Sand lightly,
following the direction of the grain of the wood. Sanding across the grain
will leave visible scratches and require additional sanding to remove
Finished and Oiled Teak Furniture
Finished or oiled teak furniture will require regular care to maintain the
finish. Following the manufacturers
for the reapplication of the oil/finish whenever the color fades will help
to preserve the new look of your outdoor teak furniture.
Some outdoor furniture dealers offer teak furniture care kits from the
manufacturer and home centers usually have similar kits available in the
Most kits suggest a thorough cleaning and rinsing, allowing the furniture
to dry completely, followed by a light sanding prior to the application of
the oil or finish coat. Be sure to follow the manufacturers instruction to
achieve the best results.
Teak furniture makes an excellent choice for outdoor living and if
properly maintained, will last a lifetime. If you are unable
to perform the regular maintenance, contact a professional refinisher in
your area for assistance.