How to Take Care of Teak Furniture

It is true that teak furniture requires little to no maintenance, especially compared to furniture made of other woods. That doesn’t mean you should neglect it. There things you can do to take care of your beloved furniture. Want to know how to take care of furniture made of teak wood? Read on and you will know how to.

Regular Cleaning

Let’s start with regular cleaning first. Like any furniture, furniture made of teak needs to be cleaned regularly. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Prepare a stiff bristle brush. Brush down the furniture using the brush. Do it gently and follow the natural gain direction. This is to avoid scratch
  2. Using a cloth and clean water, dampen (don’t wet) the surface of the furniture
  3. Prepare a teak cleaner. Alternatively, you can also make a solution of warm water and vinegar with a ratio of 4:1 or 4 liters of water mixed with 1 liter of vinegar. Wet a soft cloth with the cleaner and wash down the surface
  4. Allow the cleaner or solution for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, clean it with a sponge. Again. Be sure to follow the grain to avoid scratch
  5. Rinse the furniture with a hose. Let it dry

Stains Removal

Have stains you need to remove? Follow these steps:

  • Try the regular cleaning steps first
  • If the stains are not removed, add a bit of bleach into the cleaning solution
  • If the stains are stubborn, you probably need to sand the affected area. Do it lightly and gently using fine sandpaper. Never use scrubbing pads or metal brushes as they may scratch the surface

Restoring Color

Left alone, teak outdoor furniture will have some kind of surface mold and discoloration over time. Teak outdoor furniture that is not sealed can be cleaned and restored easily. Sealed furniture, however, requires extra steps. For example, if the timber is sealed with an oil, you need to pressure wash it very carefully to remove the mold, restoring the color.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Prepare a pressure washer and set it to the lowest volume
  2. Most pressure washers have different nozzles to choose from. Choose one that is wide with a 40-degree angle
  3. Keep the nozzle away from the affected surface, at least 30 cm. Pressure wash it with even and long strokes. Be sure to pressure wash the surface evenly
  4. Once the furniture is dry, take a 400 grit sandpaper and sand the surface lightly. Follow the grain

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Teak furniture is known for its strength and durability. That, however, doesn’t mean such furniture can just be neglected. There are things you can do, such as regular cleaning, removing stains, and restoring color. These will keep the furniture in tip-top condition. Need more quality furniture to add your collection? Check out various high-quality, well-designed products that Nusantarajati has.