Keeping outdoor teak furniture looking great is much simpler than most people expect. Larry Finglass, owner of Atlanta Teak Furniture, shares his expertise with these 4 steps to maintaining beautiful teak furniture.
Of course, the first step is to make sure you purchase quality teak furniture. The country of origin, the age of the trees and the manufacturing process are all important factors.
The combination of density and very high oil content make teak unique. This combination protects the wood and makes it extremely moisture resistant. This is why it isn’t necessary to use teak oils on premium teak furniture.
All outdoor teak furniture will acquire a beautiful, silver patina after a few seasons. Many customers prefer this color. The wood will be gray/silver, but it will still be smooth. If you prefer to return your closer to the original honey brown, the steps are easy.
Step 1 – First, hose off your furniture to remove normal dirt. Do not pressure wash. This can damage the surface of the product.
Step 2 – Next, take some dish soap and make a sudsy solution with water. Use a soft brush and lightly scrub your furniture. This will remove most of the dirt and should bring back some light brown color. For most people, this is sufficient.
Step 3 – If you prefer a darker brown, the next step is sandpaper. The oils that protects your quality teak furniture are throughout the wood, there is no coating to worry about. For a light sanding, use 150 or 220 grit sandpaper and go evenly across the surface very lightly. The sun bleached cells will fall away revealing original brown wood.
For a deeper clean, use 60 or 100 grit sandpaper, and then go over again with 150 or 220 grit sandpaper for a smoother finish.
Step 4 – Lastly, for removing spots, simple try the same methods as above. Start with soap and water and a soft scrub brush. If needed, use sandpaper.