There are numerous materials that are used to build residential outdoor furniture for placement in the patio and other external spaces. However, teak wood is one of the most favourable choices in terms of overall advantages. The hardwood lumber obtained from teak has natural oils in its structure and is significantly dense. This aromatic oil is an important repellent that prevents damage by pests such as wood borers and termites.
The material also makes the wood structure resistant to water seepage and subsequent rotting. Therefore, the furniture will not sustain damage when exposed to external weather conditions. Additionally, teak is extremely durable and can be passed as a family heirloom. On the other hand, the furniture is not infallible, so you will need to perform some maintenance tasks to preserve the teak and promote longevity.
Cleaning the Furniture
The mandatory maintenance requirements for teak furniture are minimal. However, light and regular cleaning is essential because the surfaces will collect dust, dirt and debris from the outdoor environment. The natural deep honey colour of the wood will change over time due to exposure to sunlight. Basically, a patina will be formed on the external surface, turning the furniture to a silvery grey colour. This change in colour is cosmetic and does not affect the wood quality.
For basic cleaning, you can utilise soapy water and a non-metallic, soft-bristled brush. This will remove dust and other deposits from the wood without causing damage to the furniture. Brush the surface along the grain and do not use intense scrubbing force. If you want to remove the patina, sand the teak lightly before washing to expose the honey-like appearance. Rinse with a hose, pat the surface dry and let the sun eliminate the rest of the moisture.
You should clean out any staining spills from the teak furniture surfaces before they set into the wood. However, if you already have stubborn spots of fluids such as red wine and coffee, you will need to perform special stain removal. Ideally, you should use a commercial-grade cleaner on the affected areas to bleach the wood. Check independent consumer reviews on products before using the cleaners. Alternatively, consider refinishing the furniture by scrubbing with coarse and light sandpaper.
Sealing the Surface
Finally, you should apply a sealant to preserve the colour and appearance of the teak. Do not utilise teak oil since it is essentially linseed oil and can promote mildew growth. Instead, consider water-based sealer that provides ultraviolet protection and anti-fungal treatment to limit mildew and mould growth.
For more information, contact The Teak Place or a similar company.