Teak is a dense and extremely durable hardwood and has exceptional qualities that make it ideal for outdoor use all year round.
Teak furniture is very easy to maintain as the naturally high concentration of oil and rubber components make it impervious to water and offer protection against mildew and wood eating insects.
All Cheshire Teak Furniture is made from Grade A, the finest grade of teak wood available, and comes from the very centre of the mature teak tree, where the wood is at its hardest, often referred to as “the heartwood”.
When new, teak wood has a natural golden honey brown colour.
How to Care for Teak Furniture
Teak furniture can be left outside all year round and will age naturally.
Over a period of 6-9 months – depending on the amount of UV light and rain the furniture is exposed to – the colour of the wood naturally fades into a light silver grey patina.
The change in colour does not affect the strength and structural integrity of the teak furniture and is only cosmetic.
Teak wood is a natural material and expands and contracts under weather fluctuations. Small cracks may appear over time during exposure to sunlight and will retract during periods of rain and high humidity. This is normal and will not affect the life or durability of your teak outdoor furniture.
Cleaning Teak Furniture
Teak furniture requires very little maintenance.
We recommend that once a year you give it a scrub with a mild solution of soapy water to remove any build-up of dirt. Use a non-metallic soft bristle brush and brush in the direction of the grain. Do not use excessive force.
Rinse the furniture thoroughly with clean water. Do not use a pressure washer or hose pipe.
Pat the wood dry with a towel and let the furniture dry fully in natural conditions.
Staines such as coffee or red wine might require the use of a commercial teak cleaning product. Alternatively, you can use a fine grain sandpaper (180) for light stains.
Retaining The Furniture’s Original Colour
If you want to preserve the furniture’s original honey brown colour, we recommend the following treatment:
Step 1 Set up your newly bought teak furniture outside and expose it to the elements for between 2-4 weeks.
Step 2 Clean the furniture with soapy water and a soft bristle brush, rinse with clean water and dry completely.
Step 3 Apply a teak sealer which effectively preserves the colour of teak wood by creating a barrier to prevent the natural oil of the wood from evaporating.
Repeat steps 1-3 once a year to preserve the original colour. If you want the
wood to age naturally, no treatment is required except for an annual clean.
In subsequent years, when cleaned and dried, the furniture will benefit from light sanding to bring back the original colour before applying a sealer. N.B. Always sand in the direction of the grain.
Storing Teak Furniture over Winter
Teak furniture can be left outdoors, uncovered, all year round. However, if you do decide to cover the furniture over the winter months, ensure that you use a breathable cover that does not trap moisture.
Do not store teak furniture in a heated room as the sudden temperature change might cause the wood to split and the heat can dry out the wood and cause cracks.
- Do not position teak furniture in a damp and shady area to avoid a gradual build-up of rot
- Do not use teak oil to treat the furniture as this might promote the growth of mildew. Use a teak sealer instead.
- Use a specialist teak cleaner for persistant stains