Care and Maintenance of Teak Outdoor Furniture

Barlow Tyrie Teak Storage Chest

Barlow Tyrie Teak Storage Chest

Teak contains a natural oil that reduces maintenance. This teak oil inhibits water and moisture from sinking into the wood This prevents cracking and rot. Teak takes on a soft gray patina overtime. Avoid oils and sealers and your teak furniture will require almost no maintenance. Teak can be left outside in the elements and will remain in a like-new condition for years.

Oiling teak furniture will result in ongoing maintenance schedule and encourages mildew to grow.  Simply clean your teak furniture with mild soapy water and a nylon brush, rinse thoroughly and allow to dry.  Dust off your furniture with a soft cloth.  To remove stains, lightly sand away these areas with extra fine-grit sandpaper.  Lightly sanding teak wood will reveal a fresh and glowing finish below the surface level. Grease stains are difficult but can be removed with a commercial grade teak cleaner. Sanding your teak furniture will restore the original honey brown glow. It is a difficult chore that should be done by hand. Seal the wood to preserve the original yellow hues of the wood.

Teak sealers will protect furniture from losing the original yellow tone. Typically, a teak sealer will last about a year before you will need to reapply a new coat. Leaving teak furniture in the sun for 2 weeks to open up the grain and allow the sealer to soak into the wood. Spray the teak with sealer and rub it into the wood using a lint-free cloth. Two coats of sealer are recommended. Teak oil should never on your furniture because it promotes mildew. Do not use polyurethane and varnish as it will chip and flake.Pressure washing steel wool and brass wool will cause damage to the wood surface causing it to become coarse.