When it comes to outdoor furniture, teak is the most durable wood you can find and has an endless list of advantages over other materials.
Teak is an extremely dense and oily wood that can last for years with very little maintenance. Its high oil content makes it resistant to heat, cold, water, mildew and pests such as termites, making it ideal for outdoor patios and backyards.
It can even be left outside in any climate all year long and withstand years of rain, wind, and snow.
HOW TO MAINTAIN & CARE FOR YOUR TEAK FURNITURE
Teak During the Winter
Since it is incredibly tough and durable, teak furniture can be left outdoors all year round, even in extreme weather conditions.
However, if you decide to leave your teak furniture outside over the winter uncovered, give it a good cleaning in the spring before you go to use it for the first time of the season.
If you wish to bring your teak patio furniture inside or cover it during the winter, be sure to use a cover that won’t trap any moisture to prevent mould from growing on the wood’s exterior.
Preserving Its Colour
Left untreated, teak furniture will naturally fade to a silvery colour. This colour change is merely cosmetic and does not affect the quality or structural integrity of the wood.
However, if you prefer that your teak furniture maintains its original, golden honey colour, it can be achieved.
Once the teak has developed that greyish colour, scrub the surface of the wood using a teak cleaner and lightly sand it. Afterwards, apply teak oil to prevent the color from fading any further. This process will need repeating two to three months to maintain the colour.
Keeping Teak Furniture Clean
Cleaning your teak furniture on a regular basis will help prevent mildew and discoloration. For mild dirt and stains, wash your teak with a mild soap and water mixed with some bleach or vinegar. Also make sure that you use a soft plastic brush as metal can scratch and damage the surface of the wood. For harder to remove stains, try using a store-bought teak cleaner.