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How To Care For Teak Outdoor Furniture

By Charles Rockelman

Teak outdoor furniture is the highest quality outdoor furniture on earth. Teak outdoor furniture is also extremely easy to maintain. Teakwood has special qualities that make furniture made from teak ideal for using outdoors. Teak outdoor furniture needs very little maintenance to last decades.

Teakwood is one of the most costly woods. However, you should consider that teak garden furniture is a worthwhile investment due to its durability.

It is a good idea to clean up your outdoor teak furniture sometimes to stop the collection of dust. It is possible to employ a hose without high pressure to rinse the dust off. After that, using a soft bristled brush, rub the surface gently with a solution of water, dishsoap, and a few tablespoons of bleach. If you use bleach too often will lead to a pale color so using bleach is up to your judgement. After this, rinse again with pure water. Dry the surface with a towel to finish.

Teak furniture that stays outside will naturally start to eventually change color from the golden honey color of fresh wood to a gray color. The process of teak fading to silver-gray is natural and only affects the outer appearance. The process does not affect the stability of your outdoor teak furniture.

Some people like the golden shade of new teak furniture and treat with teak oil as a method to keep the gold color. However, teak oil is not recommended because it must be retreated every three months once you begin using it. Oils can also improve the likelihood for mildew and black spots to grow. It is better to treat with teak sealer once a year after a good cleaning of your teak garden furniture in order to try to restore the honey shade.

You might choose to use furniture covers for your teak furniture, especially in the winter months or if your home is in an area that has a lot of dust. If you select to use covers, make certain to use a furniture cover made from a breathable material. Do not get a plastic cover which would trap moisture. This raises the chance of mold and mildew growing on the wood.

Stubborn stains such as coffee or red wine can be removed with using sandpaper on the outer most layer of your teak furniture. You can begin with a medium paper and after that complete the job with a fine grade paper to make the surface of the teak nice and smooth. Sanding is another method to bring out the golden honey color of teak furniture since you will expose a fresh layer of teak wood that is still saturated with the oil of the wood.

Regardless if your furniture is a teak adirondack chair or a teak dining table, a little maintenance will go far.

So you can see, your outdoor teak furniture is bound to last a lifetime with not so much maintenance on your part. Since it lasts such a long time, teakwood is preferred to other types of hardwood. You should enjoy knowing that any teak outdoor set you purchase today can be handed down to your children and grandchildren.

Interested to learn more about care for teak furniture? Follow the link to read more about teak wood benches care.

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