All outdoor furniture in the UK is exposed to the elements, which means it gets wet on a regular basis. Many types of wood furniture can really suffer from water damage, except for teak garden furniture. In addition to being a beautiful wood, teak is also robust and able to withstand the famous British weather.
Teak wood naturally contains a great deal of oil and rubber which makes teak outdoor furniture tough. Not only can teak furniture withstand nasty weather, but it also does an excellent job at repelling insects to keep it free from bug damage. Once you’ve invested in some teak garden furniture, you’ll want to take good care of it so it always looks great and lasts you a long time. Here are some tips to help you can proper care of your teak outdoor furniture.
Preserve the Colour of Teak Garden Furniture with a Sealer
The eye-pleasing deep honey colour of new teak garden furniture is a sight to behold. However, as your teak furniture sits outside in the elements, it gradually turns a silvery grey colour. While many people love watching their teak furniture transform naturally, some want to preserve the natural colour of teak. If you’re one of them, you can apply a teak sealer to your furniture one time a year, preferably at the end of your first season of use.
To apply a teak sealer, first you need to wash your furniture and give it time to dry. Then it’s just a matter of following the directions on the tin. When you apply sealer once a year, you can keep that rich natural colour of the teak wood, or at least slow down the greying process.
Don’t Use Harsh Cleaning Products
All outdoor furniture needs a proper cleaning now and then, including teak garden furniture. But don’t use harsh cleaning products or chemicals that can damage the wood. All you need to do is remove the dust and grime from the surfaces of your furniture using good old fashioned soapy water and a soft brush.
For stubborn stains, get yourself some high-quality teak cleaner. Just don’t use a power washer on teak because the high pressure can damage your furniture. Use your garden hose instead to rinse the furniture after washing it with the cleaner.
Store Your Teak Furniture Away During Winter
Even though teak outdoor furniture can be left outside year-round, there’s really no reason to do so, unless you sit outside in the snow and wind. It’s always a good idea to store your teak furniture away in the garage, shed, or basement during the winter months to protect it from inclement weather. At the very least, get a tarp and cover your teak garden furniture until winter is over, to make it last several decades or even a lifetime.