How to Make Teak Furniture Last

Despite teak furniture being highly durable and long lasting due to its natural oil and rubber content, there are steps that can be taken to ensure that it remains in top condition and looking as fresh as it did the day you bought it for years to come. Carry on reading to find out how to keep your teak furniture looking new and make it last a lifetime.


Cleaning

Generally, all that teak really needs is a simple brush down on a regular basis to remove surface dust and dirt. However, if your furniture is looking noticeably grubby, a wash down with soapy water will work wonders in making it look clean and inviting again (just remember to scrub with the grain for best results!)

Alternatively there are specialist teak cleaners on the market which help to compliment the natural properties of teak. Ensure that you don’t use anything with harsh chemicals as these can actually damage the teak and strip it of its natural properties. 

 

Stains

Regular use, al fresco dining and socialising can take its toll, and your teak furniture can be susceptible to marks and stains. Never fear, you do not need to replace your pieces to keep them looking fresh, there are some simple steps to get it looking good as new again should anything be spilled. 


A light, gentle sanding on the mark or stain to remove the very top layer of the wood will get out most marks, which can then be followed by a teak sealer. However, some tough stains such as grease may require a commercial teak cleaner to remove.

 

Oiling/Sealing

Over time, teak will turn a lovely greyish patina as it is left outdoors and exposed to the elements. Some people recommend using oils to prevent this, however because teak is rich with its own oils this is not necessary and can instead promote the growth of mold and mildew. If you prefer the ‘good as new’ look you can prevent fading and restore colour by using a specialist teak sealer every now and then which will protect it from losing it’s golden hues. 


Cover

Compared to other woods, teak is well equipped to withstand the harsh and changeable British weather. However, during the winter months it is advisable to cover your teak furniture to ensure that water isn’t sitting on it for long periods of time as this deteriorates the teak over time. If you can, bring it indoors or into a garage or shed for an extra level of protection. 


We hope that we’ve been able to give you some top tips to help you ensure your teak lasts a lifetime. If you’d like even more detailed information, check out our teak care guide, or feel free to get in touch if you have any more questions on maintaining your pieces.