As well as Easter egg hunts, family get togethers, and DIY, the long weekend is a popular time to start getting the garden and outdoor furniture spruced up for the sunshine months.
If you have kiln-dried teak garden furniture made from top-grade teak, here are our tips for preserving its life and appearance. Teak is more durable than any other hardwood, making it a good investment as it will last for years and needs very little maintenance.
Newly bought kiln-dried top-grade teak furniture is identified by its honey coloured, knot free texture. After a few weeks outside, it will begin to weather to a silvery-grey colour. The expansion and contraction of the wood caused by the changes in the environment may result in some uneven colouring and slight cracks showing up during this time, but it’s a natural process that will eventually even out. This change does not effect the longevity of good quality teak furniture.
Keep your teak tables, chairs and benches in good condition by giving it an annual scrub (during the Easter weekend!). We recommend using a garden hose on a low pressure setting to wash off any dirt, then scrub using a soft bristled brush and a solution of warm water and mild detergent (or specialist teak cleaner). Rinse with water and wipe the surface dry with a towel.
If you’ve invested in good quality teak furniture, we recommend steering clear of Teak Oil. The natural oils found in the heartwood of mature teak trees are sufficient to protect it from the elements. Teak Oil products will not help extend the life of your furniture as they are made from solvents that deplete the wood of its natural oils faster, and can potentially lead to more mildew growth and problems with uneven colouring. Although it may temporarily bring out a rich golden colour, it makes the teak wood dependent on continuous and unnecessary reapplications up to 4 times a year for its lifetime.
Stubborn stains can be removed by lightly sanding the top layer of wood. This exposes a fresh layer of wood still saturated with natural oils, so is also a good way to bring out the honey-colour of the teakwood again if desired.
If you opt for a furniture cover during the winter months, make sure it’s made from a breathable material such as tyvek, rather than a plastic cover that traps moisture and increases the chance of mildew growth.
And if you’re considering investing in high-quality teak garden furniture or are looking to add to your existing set, please come and visit us at our events to see for yourselves our beautiful tables, chairs, benches and accessories, designed to last a lifetime. Our South Downs Showroom Open Day is 22 April 10am-4pm. Alternatively, visit either of our showrooms by appointment at any other time.
Rachel and Victoria