Teak Care

Our A-Grade Teak

The popularity of teak wood is due to its exceptional durability against the elements, including rain. The premium A-grade teak wood we use in our furniture is the same standard as that used to construct ship railings.

The oil content of teak wood is very high and helps give the wood its resilient weather resistant qualities year after year, unlike lesser grade alternatives which have a considerably shorter life span. We want our products to last you a lifetime, not a short time!

Why is Teak Wood The Premium Choice For Patio Furniture?

The natural oil present within teak wood offers it protection from water seeping into the wood and also protects against pests such as termites. As such, teak furniture can be left outside and endure years of rain, wind, heat, cold and if cared for properly it will last for generations.

Teak wood has a golden honey colour when new but after time it naturally fades into a light grey patina. This colour change is only cosmetic and does not affect the strength of the wood. But if you prefer the look of the golden colour, there are some steps you may wish to take to slow down the aging process.

Does Teak Furniture Need To Be Treated With Teak Oil?

Most teak furniture manufacturers do not recommend using teak oil. The wood’s natural oil is sufficient to protect it from damage. Using teak oil as a product is not the same as the natural oil found in the teak tree and is mostly composed of linseed oil and solvents.

Applying teak oil will give the wood a nice glow but this will dry out quickly causing your furniture to fade again in colour. Teak oil as a product will deplete the woods natural oil and will encourage mildew and fungus growth, therefore using teak oil is neither recommended or necessary.

Is Teak Sealer Better Than Teak Oil?

Unlike oil, sealer will not damage the natural oil of the wood. It is usually a water-based product that creates a barrier which prevents the natural oil from evaporating and oxidizing on the surface.

Treatment with teak sealer is only needed once a year in order to effectively protect your furniture from colour fade. Some customers prefer the weathered grey look and if this is your preference, simply discontinue the sealer treatment and let it fade gradually over time.

How to Clean Teak Patio Furniture

Teak is very durable and only needs some basic cleaning which should be carried out regularly to prevent external mold growth. You may wish to source a specially formulated teak cleaner which will clean and brighten the wood at the same time but soapy water will also suffice for basic cleaning.

Using a non-metallic brush, gently clean the surface of the wood. Do not use force, just a gentle sweeping motion in the same direction as the grain. Rinse thoroughly with clean water from a garden hose.

Pressure cleaners should not be used as this will damage the wood.

After cleaning, pat the wood dry with a clean towel and let the sun dry up any remaining moisture. If you intend to apply the teak sealer after cleaning, please ensure that the wood has been given enough time to dry completely before attempting the sealing process.

How to Remove Stains From Teak Outdoor Furniture

Most stains will be easy to clean if you attend to them quickly and wash your teak furniture with soapy water using a soft-bristled scrub brush. However, some stains such as coffee and red wine might get into the wood. For these tougher stains you may wish to source a commercial teak cleaning product.

Can Teak Furniture Stay Outdoors All Year Round?

Teak furniture can be left outdoors all year round throughout the seasons. However, you may wish to bring your teak patio furniture indoors or cover it over the winter months to prevent it from getting dirty.

If you do leave your teak furniture outside over the winter, be sure to clean it regularly.

In the first few weeks of exposure to the weather, the natural oil found in teak does not rise to the surface of the furniture. This means that the surface is exposed to the elements and consequently it dries, which may make the surface feel slightly rough, giving off very fine filament of dead timber cells. This is a natural process and should subside in approximately 3 weeks.

The surface of your furniture may develop contours that reflect the grain of the timber. This is similar to a driftwood-like pattern. It is a natural ageing process of any timber, including teak. This does not in any way undermine the integrity or strength of your furniture.

Over time, cracks may appear at the end of one of the timber components of your furniture, such as the top of the legs or end of the arms. This is known as ‘end checks’. This occurs because the end surface dries at a faster rate compared to the core component. Thus, the core acts as a restraint to the ends and causes them to crack. Note that this is a normal occurrence for any timber, including teak.