Outdoor teak furniture is one of the most popular choices when it comes to outdoor furniture. Naturally, teak has a blonde or brown color but when it ages, it turns into silvery gray color. Teak is a very wonderful hardwood that has the ability to produce oil. Its natural oil makes the wood strong, long lasting, durable and weather and decay resistant despite of its change of color. But although teak wood has all of these remarkable characteristics, it still needs proper care in order to last for a lifetime and here are some useful tips.
Applying a water-base teak protector is recommended by leading furniture manufacturers in order to preserve the wood’s original color and protect it from outdoor elements. However, the teak protector may only last for a single season which means you need to have it applied again periodically. Remember that using teak oil may not be suitable for outdoor furniture because they need high maintenance. Using teak oil would mean reapplying it every three months and oil can cause uneven coloring or mildew.
On the other hand, outdoor furniture made of teak wood normally turns into gray after several months to a year without using teak oil or protector, depending on how exposed the furniture is outdoors. Excessive exposure can make the process of changing the color faster. But if you like its naturally weathered look, all you need to do in order to take of it is to clean it regularly.
Cleaning outdoor teak furniture is not a very difficult task to accomplish. A mild detergent/dishwashing detergent mixed with water and a soft bristle brush would do. But if the furniture is badly stained, you can consider water-based teak cleaner. This should enough to remove stains, dirt, mold and mildew making the furniture look good and bright.