When you’ve invested money in teak garden furniture, naturally you want your furniture to last as long as possible. Teak wood is very durable and can withstand the worst weather conditions, making this furniture the ideal choice for your UK garden. Preserving teak outdoor furniture is easy to do because the teak wood is already durable and resistant. It’s not uncommon for well-cared-for teak furniture to last 70 or more years. Here are three steps you can take to make sure your teak tables, chairs, benches, and sun loungers last a lifetime.
Clean Your Teak Outdoor Furniture Regularly
It’s a good idea to get into the habit of cleaning your teak garden furniture every few months to wash away dirt, grime, dust, bird droppings, etc. Choose a sunny day to do the cleaning so your pieces will dry quickly. It’s best to use a specially formulated teak cleaner that will clean and brighten the wood. However, if you don’t have any special cleaner, you can use a mild liquid soap mixed into water.
Use a soft bristled non-metallic brush to gently scrub the surfaces of your furniture and make sure to scrub in the same direction of the grain. Once you’ve cleaned all surfaces and have gotten into the nooks and crannies well, rinse off the furniture with your garden hose. Then it’s just a matter of letting the sun do the drying for you.
Apply a Sealer
A teak sealer can be applied to this furniture to prevent the sun from greying it and the mould and mildew from attacking it. It doesn’t matter if your furniture is old or new, you can still use a sealer to enhance its appearance and protect it.
A teak wood sealer is designed to preserve the colour of the wood while acting like a protectant and stain. This type of sealer brushes on easily and is meant to be reapplied each year. The nice thing about teak wood sealer is that it doesn’t peel away with time like varnish does, but rather maintains its integrity and strength. When you’ve finished sealing the wood, there is very little maintenance left to do.
Move the Furniture Indoors During Winter
Unless you enjoy sitting outdoors during the winter in the snow and cold, there’s no reason not to move your teak garden furniture indoors during the wintertime. Even though teak furniture is designed to be left outdoors year-round, moving your furniture indoors during the winter will prevent it from getting dirty while preserving the colour. If you can’t move it indoors due to lack of available space, at least cover it with something that doesn’t trap moisture. This way, mould won’t begin to develop on the wood’s surface.
Takeaway: The effort you put into preserving teak outdoor furniture will be well worth it as you’ll be able to enjoy your furniture for the rest of your life!