A Little Bit About Teak and How To Care For It
First, congrats on your purchase of your very own teak furniture. It is the hardest, most durable hardwood in existence, making it the perfect material for furniture and décor of all kinds. It also just so happens to be the most sought-after wood for ship building as well, so that should tell you a little more about how tough this wood is. And if you found this page simply looking for information on teak, that is great too. However, what are you waiting for?! Do your future self, your future wallet and most importantly the environment a favor and purchase some beautiful teak furniture today.
A few facts about Teak:
- It is weather resistant: Teak contains a natural oil which repels water, keeping it from warping, cracking or bubbling.
- It is pest resistant: The same oil that protects against water damage, also serves as a repellent against insects.
- It is low maintenance: Very little is needed to make teak last a lifetime, especially if the furniture is kept indoors or you admire the grayish tone that teak turns when exposed to the elements.
Care For Indoor Teak
For teak furniture kept indoors, simply wiping it down with a dry cloth will do the job most of the time. For a deeper clean, an application of teak oil will wipe away any dirt or debris and bring the color and shine back to the wood. If the wood has a polyurethane finish, a simple household cleaner will do just fine without harming anything.
Care For Outdoor Teak
Teak oil on its own is an option for outdoor furniture care, but it has its limitations. It will not prevent weathering or mildew, it will not keep the wood a warm tone, and it takes a while to apply. If you are an admirer (some people do really love it) of the weathered grey tone that teak turns to once it has been exposed and happy to keep on top of cleaning and applying oil, then go for it. To remove the mildew, a simple mixture of water and liquid dish soap will do. Scrub with a hand-held scrub brush, however do not use anything extremely abrasive like steel wool. Then one or two coats of teak oil and you have yourself a finished project.
If you want to keep that golden hue for quite a bit longer, take it one step further. After applying the teak oil, seal the wood with a teak sealer or spar urethane. This option will keep the wood the warm tone that it was when it was purchased. It does so by protecting the wood from sunlight which causes it to turn grey. This option also prevents mold and mildew which means that those scrubbing and oiling sessions are limited to every couple of years.