How to Take Care of Your Teak Furniture

By: Tim Shank

If you are looking for a weather resistant, durable outdoor furniture, teak outdoor furniture might be just what you need. It's natural wood look makes it a perfect accessory to any outdoor room and it's relatively easy care/cleaning needs make it perfect for families who don't have a lot of extra time to worry about cleaning their outdoor furniture.

Teak comes from South East Asia and is a hardwood tree. It is a dense wood that contains a high oil content which contributes to its durability. It is best known for its use as trim and decking on boats, but it makes an awesome material for outdoor furniture as it is able to withstand the elements.

Some people choose to treat their teak furniture with oil, wax or lacquer. Other people choose to let their teak furniture weather and turn to a silver grey, which is its natural state when it is not treated. Either way is a personal preference.

If you choose to treat your teak with oils, you can use teak oil. Treating your teak furniture does not make it last longer. It is more making the furniture appear like a brand new piece of teak furniture than anything else. Teak oil should be applied at least once a year in order to maintain the "new" appearance. Many people recommend that you begin treating your furniture after a few years to prevent cracks from forming.

Before you apply oil, you need to clean the furniture with soap or water. Teak oil should never be applied over dirt or dust. Once the furniture is completely dry, you should apply a light coat of oil. Using a soft cloth is best, but a soft brush can be used as well. Wipe off all excess oil. Be sure to soak the rag or brush in water afterwards as it can pose a fire hazard otherwise.

Teak furniture that is allowed to weather naturally should be cleaned every year. Use soap and water and apply it with a soft rag. Be sure to rinse the furniture completely after washing it. You can also clean it with a pressure washer, provided that you don't use it at full pressure since that can cause damage to the furniture. In addition, teak furniture that has already been treated requires washing as needed.

It is hard to beat the durability and easy maintenance of teakwood furniture. A few hours each year is all that is required for its upkeep, which is definitely a plus since we want to spend our time outside relaxing on our furniture, not cleaning it. This feature alone makes teak furniture perfect for anyone who loves to relax in the outdoors.

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