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Easy steps to take care of your natural or sealed teak furniture

How to take care of teak so your outdoor furniture looks inviting all year long.

How to take care of teak?

Own an outdoor teak furniture setting? Teak hardwood is an exceptionally durable material that needs little maintenance to keep it look great and performing well. That’s why it is often used to make quality outdoor furniture.

Here are the steps to take care of your teak furniture

Caring for natural teak

If you’ve chosen to leave your outdoor furniture natural it will slowly turn from its golden brown colour tones to a silvery grey as it weathers. Natural teak will continue to wear well thanks to the hardwood’s high natural oil content.

To care for natural teak furniture, follow these steps:

  1. Give your furniture a decent brush down with a stiff bristle brush to remove any cobwebs, leaves and dirt that has built up on the surface.
  2. Lightly dampen the teak surface with clean water.
  3. Using a teak cleaner or a homemade solution of vinegar and warm water, evenly wash down the surface with a soft cloth. Let it soak into the teak for about 15 minutes before cleaning it with a sponge in line with the timber grain.
  4. Lightly rinse the teak from the bottom up with a hose and allow to dry.

To remove stains from natural teak furniture, follow these steps:

Timber left natural can be vulnerable to stains but these over time can soften and add to the character of the furniture. If you do have stains that you want to remove, try these steps:

  1. Using a plastic or stiff bristle brush clean the furniture as approving, scrubbing the area in line with the timber grain.
  2. If the stain isn’t lifting, try adding a dash of bleach to the cleaning fluid.
  3. For stubborn stains, you can lightly sand the affected area with a fine sandpaper.

Tips: avoid using metal brushes or scrubbing pads that can scratch the natural timber’s surface. It’s also best to avoid pressure washing the teak as this can cause discolouration.

Caring for sealed teak

Sealed teak furniture can be cared for in a similar way to natural teak but will require a little more maintenance. To keep your sealed outdoor furniture looking great, follow these steps:

  1. Give your furniture a decent brush down with a stiff bristle brush to remove any cobwebs, leaves and dirt that has built up on the surface.
  2. Use an eco-friendly teak cleaner and a soft cloth to clean off the surface.
  3. Wash with a hose and allow to dry.
  4. You should re-seal your teak further annually.

Tips: Avoid applying a teak oil onto a sealed teak surface as this can encourage the growth of mildew and fungus. If you choose to leave it natural, simply allow the sealant to fade and the teak to naturally weather.