How to Care for Outdoor Teak Furniture

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Published on March 10, 2014

Author: thosbaker

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It's important to know how to protect and care for your teak furniture. With our guide to caring for teak, you'll learn how to ensure your furniture lasts a lifetime -- because it will -- just follow these steps.

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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