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Tips for Outdoor Teak Furniture Care

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Teak outdoor furniture is the number one quality garden furniture on earth. Outdoor teak furniture is also quite simple to maintain. Teak wood has unique qualities which make furniture made from teak unmatched for outdoor use. It takes just a little care or maintenance to last many years.

It is important to clean up your teak outdoor furniture periodically to prevent a buildup of dust or dirt. You can use a hose on a low pressure setting to wash the dust off. Following that, with a soft brush, wash the surface gently with a blend of water, mild detergent, and a few tablespoons of bleach. Once done, rinse again with pure water.

A long outdoor teak bench with gray patina

Teak furniture which is left outdoors will naturally start to slowly alter color from the golden honey tone of freshly cut wood to be a silver color. This process of teak wood changing to gray is harmless and only cosmetic. It does not reduce the stability of your teak outdoor furniture.

There are people prefer the golden honey shade of fresh teak wood and apply teak oil to try to restore the honey color. However, teak oil is not worth it because it must be retreated every few once you begin using it. Oil can also improve the likelihood for mildew to grow. A better idea is to treat with teak sealer yearly after cleaning your outdoor teak furniture if you want to try to restore the golden honey color.

You might select to use furniture covers to protect your teak furniture, particularly for the winter months or if your house is in a location that has a lot of dust. If you opt to do so, be certain to employ a furniture cover made made from a material that breathes. Do not buy a cover made from plastic that would trap moisture. This raises the likelihood of mold growing on your furniture.

Difficult stains such as coffee or red wine can be removed with a light sanding of the top layer of your outdoor teak. Begin with a medium grade paper and then finish off with a fine grade to get the surface of the teak nice and smooth.

Teak outdoor furniture will last for many years with just a little maintenance on your part. As it lasts for so long, teakwood is preferred over other types of hardwood. You will know that any teak outdoor set you purchase in the present will be enjoyed by your children and grandchildren.


How to Clean an Old Teak Table

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This is a nice short video that demonstrates just how easy it is to care for teak outdoor furniture. He starts with an old, graying teak patio table that has been neglected. It looks like it hasn't been cleaned in a long time, and you can see it has some dirty spots. He uses a simply two step process by cleaning with a teak cleaner and a teak brightener. Afterwards, you can really see the difference. The table is now a very attractive color. Make sure to clean your teak furniture about once a year to keep it looking bright like this.


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