Teak is widely used to make garden furniture around the world. It is strong and dense making it ideal for furniture as it can withstand daily use and is great to use outside all year round. Teak timber is highly valued around the world as it takes years to grow, which is why it is expensive to buy.
Although it is expensive a high quality set of teak furniture can last a long time and if care for properly can last for over ten years. This article will go through the different ways you can look after and keep up your furniture.
Garden furniture can often be dusty especially if left outside or store in a garage. To dust teak you should use a damp cloth. It is important not to wet the damp cloth too much and make sure it is not wet; a wet cloth could cause damage. Squeeze as much liquid out of the cloth as possible and wipe the dust off. You may need to use a bit of force, but the dust will come off the timber. You can use soap but there are chemicals in soap which can dry out the wood and cause it to crack. Once the wood is dusted let it dry out completely before storing.
All types of timber garden furniture can dry out; if wood does dry out it can crack and break. When the wood is dry it can become brittle weakening it and making it vulnerable to damage. To stop the wood drying out you will need to oil it with a high quality timber oil. Timber oil is widely available at most garden centres or DIY shops and the teak oil will also help keep the teak natural colour.
Teak oil has a very pungent smell and can be toxic so you should always oil your garden furniture outside with good access to fresh air. Dab a little bit of oil on a clean, fresh cloth. Use a little oil to start with to prevent over soaking the oil which can result in pools of oil on the furniture.
Rub the oil gently on the surface of the furniture. Rub the oil all over the furniture concentrating on areas which look dry. The oil should soak into the furniture. Leave the oil on the furniture to soak for a couple of hours. After the oil has soaked in it will leave a tacky texture on the surface of the wood. Wipe any excess, tacky oil with a damp cloth and leave to dry fully.
Oiling teak garden furniture will help prolong the natural colour of teak wood. Teak is very strong and naturally oil so it will survive without oiling but the timber can quickly lose its colour. If teak furniture is left outside it can easily lose its colour and silver streaks soon replace the deep teak colour. Oiling your teak should help keep it in good condition and help replenish its colour.
Teak furniture can be left outside all year round, making it very popular in the UK. Storing teak furniture will help prolong its life but it can still last a very long time without being store.
If you’re store your furniture inside it is important to make sure to air out regularly. If you store your furniture inside mould can form on the furniture. Mould is quite damaging to timber and can cause wood-rot. Airing out your furniture and exposing it to sunlight will help kill off any dangerous mould spores.