Like all furniture types, teak furniture requires some maintenance to keep it looking the part over the long term. This is especially the case given that teak furniture is often used outdoors, where it is exposed to the elements and in particular the harsh sun, which more often than not causes discolouration. Taking care of your teak furniture is a must, and there are a few things we’d highly recommend you keep in mind going forward!
This checklist is sure to help you maintain your teak outdoor furniture into the future.
While you have a exclusive collection of teak garden benches, get into the habit of using covers on your outdoor furniture. This can certainly make a difference in the long term. Sun damage remains one of the biggest problems associated with nearly all timber products outdoors, whether it be furniture, decking, etc. In the case of teak, some people quite like the sun-stained grey look that is distinctive to this timber, but regardless it doesn’t hurt to keep your furniture protected from the elements if you can.
Covering it up on particularly hot days when it’s not in use, or when you leave for a holiday is an excellent idea. Otherwise, you should consider bringing it indoors if you aren’t planning to use it for an extended period - in the winter months for instance.
You’ll need to get the old scrub brush and get to work on your teak from time to time. This is a relatively simple task, regular soap or even just detergent will do the trick. It’s just a matter of combining this with warm water and gently scrubbing away.
There are no real hard and fast rules about how often to do this. If you notice it’s looking a little dirty, wash it as you would with your car, for instance. Other specialised teak cleaning products can also be used to restore the golden shine to your teak by stripping the surface down and acting as a veneer. This is worth doing every year or so as required.
Mould spots can form while cleaning. You need to keep an eye on it. Removing these is fairly simple and they can be avoided if you let the furniture dry off in the sun after cleaning.
Cleaning can often result in rough surfaces, which don’t look as good and aren’t as nice to touch. Sanding down your teak furniture after cleaning takes 5 minutes and can take care of this problem very effectively. Just make sure you sand in the direction of the grains in the wood so as not to scratch the surface.
The product marketed as teak oil is quite polarising insofar as some will avoid using it altogether. If you are a fan of that unique grey colour that many people associate with teak, teak oil isn’t for you. This product essentially penetrates the wood and stops water from entering, while preventing it from cracking and splitting. It will stop the timber turning grey and is very easy to apply compared to something like vanish. It comes down to personal preference although there are some potential negative effects.
For one thing, some suggest that regularly using the teak oil can weaken the timber in the long term and cut years off its life. It has also been linked to the build-up of mould and mildew. Lastly, if you wish to keep that shine you’ve got used to, you’ll need to apply teak oil quite regularly.
Following these simple tips can help keep your teak furniture looking great for years. The truth is that teak furniture maintenance is fairly straightforward when you compare it to other timbers, so you shouldn’t have any problems! For more information talk to an expert at VC Living, the largest supplier of high-quality teak outdoor furniture in Australia.