How to Care For Your Teak Wood


Teak is a type of hardwood that is most often used in outdoor furniture, but also is seen in yachts, decks and patios. Teak wood is extremely popular due to its beauty and durability. It is very resistant to rotting and is able to stand high levels of exposure to sun, rain, and other damaging conditions. As such, teak wood is often used to construct outdoor furniture, such as patio chairs and benches. With its remarkable capability to weather a variety of conditions, it is no wonder that teak wood is easy to care for. The following advice will help you maintain items made from teak wood for years to come.

First, it is important to always treat items made from teak wood with a high level of care. Although they can withstand a lot of heavy use, it is best to treat teak carefully so that it never has to be replaced. Also, teak tends to be more sensitive to damage from stains than some other materials. This is one of few disadvantages of owning teak products. Keep chemicals away from teak to avoid ruining it with an ugly stain. If you spill food, liquids or anything else on teak, clean it off immediately with water.

Even if you are careful not to spill on the teak’s surface, it is important to clean it on a regular basis. For basic cleaning, spraying teak wood with water will do the trick. Spraying teak with a light stream from a garden hose is the perfect way to remove grime from the surface. Try to spray off teak furniture or other items made from teak at least once a week. Teak furniture that is used heavily should be sprayed off every other day.

If you decide that you wish for the teak to take on a gray “patina” appearance, rinsing with water is all the maintenance and care that will be required of you. Over time, the teak will take on a soft gray color, which will make it easy to clean. However, if you prefer the teak to retain its original honey color, you will need to use special products to seal and protect the wood. To make the cleaning process easier, it is important to pre-treat teak with a teak protectant.

Once a month, you will want to use teak cleaner to clean the item made from teak wood. There are a variety of teak cleaners available for use. You can easily find these at furniture stores or on the internet. Before you apply the teak cleaner to the wood, you will need to dilute it in water. Follow the instructions on the label of the teak cleaner for diluting in water. Once you’ve diluted the teak cleaner, use a brush to scrub a small amount of diluted cleaner into the wood. Do not scrub too hard, or you risk scratching the surface of the teak wood. Once you have thoroughly scrubbed the teak cleaner into the wood, you should use a garden hose to rinse off the teak. After spraying down the surface, let it dry for at least 24 hours before you use it again. If, after you’ve let the wood dry, it is darker than you’d like it to be, follow the cleaning process once more. The more often you clean teak with a teak cleaner, the lighter it will look.

Once you are finished using the teak cleaner and letting the wood dry, it is time to use teak oil. Many teak cleaners come in a package that includes a bottle of teak oil. Otherwise, like teak cleaner, you should be able to find teak oil in a furniture store or on the internet. Use a soft rag when applying teak oil to wood. I like to use old ripped up cotton t-shirts. Soak the rag in oil and then wipe it over the surface of the wood. After you’ve applied a coat of teak oil to the wood, let it sit and dry for at least 24 hours. At this point, if the teak is not yet the color you prefer, you may apply another coat of teak oil to the wood.

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I'm a father of three, married and a home owner since 2006. I've worked in fixing up homes and rental properties.

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