Published on March 10, 2014
How to Care For Teak Gina Samarotto Samarotto Design Group
Attributes of Teak Teak outdoor furniture can last decades Intrinsic oils and resins help maintain strength even as the teak ages Maintenance is simple Teak has an attractive subtle sheen from naturally occurring oils How to Care For Teak | Gina Samarotto | Samarotto Design Group2
What happens with age ? Over time, the surface can take on a distinguished grey color Many find the teak aging process attractive, though the original look can be preserved. How to Care For Teak | Gina Samarotto | Samarotto Design Group3
Cleaning Teak outdoor furniture requires periodic cleaning Removal of dirt, debris, moss or mildews Depending upon what the teak has been exposed to, this can be a few minutes and a little soapy water, or require a brush and a teak cleaner. How to Care For Teak | Gina Samarotto | Samarotto Design Group4
How to clean Choose a dry day Move the furniture under shade. This prevents quick drying of soapy solution Gently brush with soap and water until clean For stubborn stains – use a quality teak cleaning product Rinse with clear water after you finish and dry How to Care For Teak | Gina Samarotto | Samarotto Design Group5
To Oil or Not to Oil It all depends upon your color and design goals With significant exposure to the weather, teak does gain what many consider a “distinguished” gray color. To maintain teak’s original rich woody color a periodic coating of teak oil is the answer How to Care For Teak | Gina Samarotto | Samarotto Design Group6
How to sand Be prepared: proper clothing, eyewear, and ventilation Clean and sand the wood in phases starting with a 120-grit and ending with a 220-grit sandpaper Work in the direction of the grain Work slowly and gently – orbital sanders may be okay for larger areas in the first phase, but are too aggressive for fine sanding Remove dust with soft cloth How to Care For Teak | Gina Samarotto | Samarotto Design Group7
How to apply oil… cont. Start with a variety of different sized clean natural bristle brushes Start from the top and work downwards Wipe any spills or drips immediately Ensure a thin, even application Let it dry completely Minimal buffing can bring out a rich glow How to Care For Teak | Gina Samarotto | Samarotto Design Group8
Sealing Teak Furniture Same rules apply: proper clothing, eyewear, and ventilation. Do not attempt to seal a piece that has been previously oiled Sealing is done in the same manner as oiling Clean the piece thoroughly Apply sealer using clean natural bristle paint brushes How to Care For Teak | Gina Samarotto | Samarotto Design Group9
About Sealers Sealers come in various color tones the most popular is soft honey hue Soft honey hue sealer resembles the look of natural wood Sealer forms a physical barrier and prevents greying for several seasons How to Care For Teak | Gina Samarotto | Samarotto Design Group10
How to Care For Teak | Gina Samarotto | Samarotto Design Group11 For more teak care information see: http://bit.ly/1cqVvrA, http://bit.ly/1ndCxtd http://bit.ly/1lqgTND
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