Some of the finest outdoor furniture is made with teak, and it's no wonder. Teak is saturated with natural oils that help protect it from moisture, insects and rot, enabling it to survive beautifully in its natural environment -- the rain forest.
Its strength, durability and natural weather-resistant qualities are precisely what make teak the choice of boat and shipbuilders the world over. These same qualities make teak an ideal material for long-lasting outdoor furniture.
Don't make the mistake of thinking that you can just ignore your teak patio furniture, however. It still needs a little TLC to look its best and provide you with years of reliable and beautiful service. Read on to learn how to clean and maintain your outdoor teak to enhance its natural beauty and keep it looking great.
Any furniture that spends time outdoors in the elements picks up grime from pollen, dust, mold and mildew, so it's important to give your teak furniture a good cleaning at least once a year with a mild, non-toxic soap and water. Use a soft brush, and rinse it thoroughly after cleaning. (Note: Don't use a power-cleaner since it can damage the wood. Stick with hand washing for best results!)
If you encounter a stubborn spot or a grease stain, look for a cleaner made for teak. Be aware, though, that many teak cleaners restore teak to its natural golden-amber color, so if you've allowed your pieces to weather, spot cleaning may be impossible -- you'll have to clean the entire piece so that the color is uniform.
Aside from cleaning your teak outdoor furniture once or twice a year, you should apply a sealer when you first purchase it if you want it to retain its natural golden color. After that, you need only apply a light coat of teak oil to it from time to time. The alternative is to simply let it weather to a silvery-gray and then apply sealer to keep the weathered look intact.
Even though teak is water-resistant, you should still take care to mop up standing water that collects on the tops of tables or the seats of chairs. In addition, don't let your teak patio furniture sit in puddles of water either.
With proper care, your teak pool and patio furniture will provide your outdoor spaces with years of natural beauty and elegance!
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