Teak outdoor furniture is beautiful, durable and practical. It can be left out in the weather all year round, that's why it's been a popular choice throughout history for the decking of ships and boats. And you can rest assured that your teak patio furniture will not crack (outside of normal checking), splinter With proper care, teak will maintain it’s attractive and durable qualities.


THE NATURAL AGING AND GREYING OF TEAK OUTDOOR FURNITURE

New pieces of teak wood furniture will be in a honey/brown colour, teak’s natural state. They can often appear to be polished. The polished appearance comes from oil occurring naturally in the wood. The oil on the surface will evaporate after a few days outdoors. It is the oil below the surface that gives the wood its durability. Left to age naturally outside, teak outdoor furniture will turn a handsome silver grey colour. This process will take approximately 6 to 12 months, depending on the amount of ultraviolet light and the rain the teak is exposed to. This greying process in no way affects the integrity of the teak. Teak’s aged character suits any type of garden setting. It is popular among many because it is natural and virtually maintenance free.
Teak is a natural material. As such, it may see fine cracks appear in the end grain of components and then disappear when atmospheric conditions change. Such fine cracks are normal, especially in heavier components like arms and legs. They will not affect the life or durability of your teak outdoor furniture.


RETAINING THE ORIGINAL COLOUR OF YOUR TEAK OUTDOOR FURNITURE

If you want to preserve the honey/brown colour of your teak outdoor furniture, a sealer is recommended. Teak sealers are usually solvent-based and of water-like viscosity, containing protection against mold, ultraviolet light and moisture. A variety of shades are available if you want a colour other than the natural one. Sealers are easy to apply and generally must be applied every 9 to 12 months. If you choose to use a sealer, we recommend you visit our ranges on line.


CLEANING TEAK FURNITURE

Teak requires very little maintenance apart from the occasional scrub. A mild solution of soapy water or a diluted mixture of and water will remove accumulated dirt. This should be followed by a rinse with clean water. To remove grease spots, a light scrub with a de-greasing agent is recommended. This, too, should be followed by a rinse with clean water.
If you want to remove the silver-grey patina and restore the furniture to its original colour use a teak cleaner which can be purchased from us.
Teak is a durable wood that can be used for both indoor and outdoor furniture. Proper maintenance is important to keep your teak furniture looking beautiful year after year. We recommend keeping your teak furniture clean and free of debris. Washing it is simple, and doing so will avoid the buildup of dirt, and keep your furniture fresh and clean. We like to compare teak furniture care with how you care for your car that is kept outside, keep it clean and cared for, and it will last longer.


How your teak should be cleaned:

Things You Will Need
Brush with medium to soft bristles (sponge is okay too)
Water supply (garden hose works best)
A soft solution that will not harm the teak (We recommend our teak cleaner )
Dry cloth
Gloves (optional)
The 10 Simple Steps on How to Clean Your Teak Furniture
Remove all cushions and anything non teak including leaves and other debris.
Rinse the item thoroughly with a hose on a medium setting. Do not use a strong pressure setting, this will damage the wood.
Mix a small amount of the solution with water in a bucket.
Put the brush in the mixture and then gently begin scrubbing your furniture.
Start off with a small area to make sure the solution does not damage the teak.
When cleaning, scrub with the grain, not against it.
Make sure to gently scrub in between cracks and in corners.
Brush diligently but not too harsh as to make sure to not damage the wood.
After cleaning, rinse the solution off and then it rest and wait for it to dry.
Use drying cloth or let dry naturally with sunlight.
OTHER THINGS TO NOTE:
Always be sure to rinse the solution off completely. Drying can take anywhere from 24 – 36 hours if dried naturally. Never use aggressive, harsh or two part acid solutions as they may compromise the integrity of the teak furniture. Any type of finishing product for teak furniture such as teak a sealer, or special coating should be applied to clean dry pieces of furniture.

 

HOW CAN I GET RID OF CHECKING ON MY GARDEN FURNITURE?
Checking is completely normal for all types of wooden garden furniture including that made from teak. Some people do not mind some checking, however, the others prefer if there are not any. In you are in the latter group, you are recommended to wait at least three months for the furniture to settle down before sealing of the checking. After three months, teak garden furniture is considered settled and there should be no further checking. Now you can get rid of checking on your garden furniture.
You will need: Exterior grade PVA glue and grade 180 sandpaper (used grade 120 sandpaper is ok as well).
Apply a few drops of glue on your finger
Apply the glue on the checked area.
Wipe off excess glue. Ideally, it should remain only in the checking.
Wait for the glue to start getting slightly tacky (about 15 seconds).
Sand the affected area until the sanding powder does not penetrate the check and seal it of. Sand the timber in the direction of the grain.
If your teak garden furniture already has a weathered look like this one in the photo, you will notice it returning to that distinct golden brown colour when sanding it. However, it will eventually be bleached by the sun and the repair will become invisible.