TEAK & MAINTENANCE
Manufacturer and exporter of Teak Patio Furniture
from Jepara, Jawa Tengah - INDONESIA.
Care & Maintenance of Teak Patio Furniture, Garden and
Because of the hard and yet forgiving nature of the timber, teak
wood furniture will withstand a great deal of abuse. But it will
also repay a little tender loving care, so you may care to read
through this page and pick up a few hints.
Generally, you can buy our Teak patio Furniture in one of two
conditions: Fine sanded or oiled with teak oil.
If you buy your furniture fine sanded it will have only the
natural color of the wood coupled with the raw natural texture
of the teak grain. The untreated timber is a very pleasant
yellowy-brown olive color when still fresh. If your furniture is
to be used indoors, and away from a lot of natural sunlight,
over a period of time -perhaps six months to a year - the wood
will gradually become a darker shade of brown. If, on the other
hand the furniture is left outdoors, the effects of the suns
rays will 'bleach out' the timbers natural color, gradually
turning it a soft silvery gray color. This silvery gray 'patina'
which develops over time gives Teak Furniture a distinctive
The silver gray color resulting from this natural ageing process
is considered to be very attractive, and allows the furniture to
blend in well with many outdoor environments. Teak furniture
left in this state is easily maintained, and needs no treatment
whatsoever to give many years of service. And this is about as
easy as a maintenance schedule as its possible to get!
If you buy your furniture already oiled with teak oil it will
have a darker than normal mid brown color and a soft sheen. Teak
wood is of itself naturally oily and requires no treatment to be
used indoors or outdoors, and the use of teak oil won't increase
the life of the timber. It does change the color somewhat and it
can also help a little to prevent stains from seeping into the
timber grain. It will slow down the graying effect caused by
ultra violet rays. To maintain its appearance teak oiled
furniture will need to be re-oiled periodically.
A basic method for oiling is as follows:
The furniture will need to be cleaned first [see below]
Afterwards ensure that it is nice and dry before starting to
oil. Have a good look around the furniture first and attend to
any areas requiring sanding before starting work. You will need
some teak oil, a clean paint brush, some clean cotton rags, good
light and plenty of space to work in. It can be a little messy
so be sure to wear some overalls, and wearing household gloves
to keep the oil off your hands is a good idea as well. The oil
can be applied with a clean brush, starting from the top and
working downwards. The surface should be left wet by the brush,
but try to avoid leaving too much surplus oil behind as you
work. After a few minutes - maybe 5 - 15 depending on the
ambient temperature, the oil will start to become 'tacky'. At
this point the surface of the furniture should be wiped down
with a clean cotton rag, carefully removing all surplus oil. One
coat is usually sufficient, but you can apply a second coat if
required, after a minimum of one hour for the first coat to dry.
Once you've completed the oiling and the surface is touch dry, a
second clean rag can be used to buff up the surface. Please be
sure to dispose of any used rags and cleaning cloths carefully,
and in accordance with the instructions from the oil
Cleaning Teak Furniture:
If your Teak furniture requires cleaning this can be done with a
normal household bristle brush [not too hard] and some warm
mildly soapy water. Wash down afterwards with clean water. There
are also proprietary cleaners on the market which can also be
used to clean off various deposits and accumulated dirt and
stains. We do not recommend the use of high pressure hoses, and
steel wool or steel wire brushes should not be used at all as
any residue left in the grain will rust and discolor the wood.
If the furniture has some stubborn and heavily ingrained stains
these can be removed by sanding with a fine grade of sandpaper,
being sure to work only with the direction of the timber grain.
After sanding stains away like this, if the furniture was
previously teak oiled you may wish to re-oil, or if it had
previously been left natural, the fresh teak color exposed by
sanding will soon mellow in with the existing silver gray