Teak patio furniture is a popular choice for outdoor spaces. This classic wood has many advantages that make it an excellent material for outdoor furniture. Our introduction to teak patio furniture explains the benefits of teak, why it's great for patio furniture, and how to properly care for it.
If you are new to teak and are wondering if it is the right wood for your patio furniture, these benefits may help you form an opinion:
4 Benefits of Teak Garden Furniture;
1. Weather Resistance - This wood is naturally weather resistant, making it perfect for outdoor living!
2. Easy to clean - due to its durability, teak garden furniture is also very easy to clean. You will find out exactly how to clean your teak furniture later in this article.
3. Easy to care for - although teak changes color with exposure to sunlight, it does not require additional treatments and can last a very long time with minimal care.
4. Sustainable - Teak garden furniture is made from an environmentally friendly material, making it sustainable. In many forests, a new tree is planted each time a piece of furniture is used.
What is teak and why is it used for outdoor furniture?
Teak is a hardwood tree native to Southeast Asia. Because of its high oil content, which makes it resistant to rot and warping, it is often made into teak garden furniture - even when it's outdoors. Its resistance to outdoor exposure makes it a perfect material for outdoor furniture.
Teak patio furniture is initially a golden brown color when first used, but over time this will fade to a natural gray due to the sun's UV rays. Depending on your preferences, you can wait for the natural graying or delay this process with a protectant. Our guide to cleaning teak patio furniture tells you how you can do just that to keep your teak outdoor furniture in tip-top shape.
How often you should clean outdoor teak furniture;
How often you need to clean your teak patio furniture depends on where you store it. However, as a rule of thumb, teak should be cleaned about twice a year - once in the spring and once in the fall.
Simple steps to cleaning teak garden furniture
If you know how to clean teak patio furniture, your patio will look amazing! Here are 6 simple steps to give your teak furniture the care it needs:
1. Start by brushing down your bench, chairs, or table with a stiff brush to remove moss, lichen, and loose dirt.
2. Soak your furniture with a garden hose.
3. Apply teak cleaner to the patio furniture with a sponge. For your own safety, wear rubber gloves and safety goggles.
Leave the teak cleaner on for 4 to 5 minutes.
4. Use a scouring pad to remove dirt - keep the pad damp.
5. Rinse off the cleaner and let it dry.
6. After drying, you can enjoy your freshly cleaned teak patio furniture by inviting friends over for a BBQ!
A common misconception is that teak garden furniture needs to be oiled after cleaning. However, this is not the case with garden furniture. Teak has its own natural oils and teak furniture oil could do more harm than good to your patio furniture.
Protecting and restoring the color of teak garden furniture;
While many love the silvery hues of aged teak, many prefer the honey tones it wears when brand new. With the right protective measures, you can keep your teak garden furniture looking like new!
Keep your teak garden furniture clean and dust-free. To clean, simply use a brush and soapy water and let dry.
Protect your terrace with a foil.
Shake the teak color protector for one minute.
Apply the color protector to a cloth and massage into the surface of your teak furniture.
Allow to dry for 30-40 minutes in warm weather.
Apply a second thin layer and let it dry.
Your furniture should now be back to that beautiful honey brown color!
Depending on the weather, you may need to repeat the coat of paint every year or so - in those cases you should only need to apply one coat.
While teak is weather resistant, if you want to give it extra protection from harsh winters or sunny days, you can use a patio cover to cover the patio furniture when not in use.
Note: New teak does not need color protection as this could cause the furniture to appear orange.
Cleaning up food and drink spills on teak patio furniture
Teak garden furniture is there to be enjoyed, be it on a hot summer day or a warm winter evening with outdoor heating. However, when it comes to social gatherings, it's not uncommon for something to be spilled, whether it's your kids' colorful pumpkin or a glass of red wine. You can easily clean teak garden furniture after such soiling.
Simply dab the area with kitchen paper or a cloth and absorb as much liquid as possible. You can also clean with soapy water and a sponge. However, if a stain remains, you can sand the area lightly to remove it.
What not to do when cleaning your teak garden furniture
Never use a pressure washer or washing machine to clean teak garden furniture. The power of these devices can damage your garden bench, digging out the grain of the wood, leaving a rough finish and even driving out the wood's natural protective oils.
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