Teak Furniture Care.

Rattan and Teak's handy guide to A-grade Teak Furniture Care

Teak outdoor furniture is beautiful, durable and practical and is always the first choice for wooden outdoor furniture. It is a very stable timber, which has a high oil and rubber content, creating a built-in water repellent. This means that your teak benches, teak tables, teak chairs, teak bar sets and teak sun loungers can be left outdoors in all weathers without becoming twisted, warped or starting to rot. The wood also contains an oil that is resistant to insects.
So with such fantastic natural properties, what do you need to know about teak furniture care?

Teak furniture care

Teak is often misunderstood as being a high maintenance material when, in fact, it requires virtually no maintenance whatsoever and will last for generations to come, making it an ideal material for outdoor patio furniture.

New pieces of teak wood furniture will be in a honey brown colour, which is teak’s natural state. They can often appear as if they have been polished even when they haven't been. This polished appearance comes from oil occurring naturally in the wood. The oil on the surface will evaporate after a few days outdoors but it is the oil below the surface that gives the wood its durability.

Because teak wood has a high oil content and density, the grain will not 'open' or split, which means the smooth, buttery texture of our teak garden furniture will remain even after years of continued exposure to the elements.

Rattan and Teak recommends DO NOTHING, and allow your teak furniture to weather naturally. In less than a year of exposure to the elements, your teak garden furniture will naturally weather to a beautiful silvery grey patina which is preferred by many people. This greying process in no way affects the integrity of the teak.  The speed at which your teak will change colour will depend on the amount of ultraviolet light, and the amount of rain, the teak is exposed to.

Teak Furniture Care - How the colour of teak changes with time
Cleaning Your Teak Furniture

The only teak furniture care maintenance recommended by Rattan and Teak is an occasional cleansing with a soft bristle brush, and the Golden Care Teak Cleaner that we sell. We recommend doing this on a warm and dry day so that you are comfortable and the teak has time to dry.

Treating Your Teak Furniture

If you really prefer the warm, rich, wood tones of natural teak, or would like to revive already weathered teak to a 'like new' condition, then we suggest using the Golden Care teak furniture care products which we sell.

Golden Care has a full range of teak furniture care products to help you care for your teak outdoor furniture. No matter what colour you would like your teak furniture to be, there is a Golden Care teak furniture care product to meet your needs.

But why not use Teak Oil?

Many people make the mistake of applying teak oil to their outdoor teak furniture without knowing any better. They just assume it’s the thing to do. In reality, applying teak oil is a very short term solution to the natural colour fade process occurring in teak wood.

Far from protecting the wood or replenishing its oils, teak oil can actually do more harm than good. So called 'teak oil' (which is actually made from linseed oil) contains solvents that will deplete the natural oil that was in your teak wood to begin with. The effect on the colour of the wood will be short-lived. After several weeks it will begin to fade, and so you’ll have to constantly reapply oil. Moreover, if you’re not very careful with the application, excess oil on the surface of the wood provides food for the growth of various types of fungus. You would be much better off using one of Golden Care’s teak protecting products instead of an oil.

Golden Care developed their teak furniture care products with a variety of customers in mind. So the first decision you need to make is what colour you want your teak to be. Your primary choice is between maintaining the golden-brown colour of new teak or the attractive silver-grey colour of finely aged teak.

Golden Care Teak Cleaner

Golden Care Teak Cleaner is a superb cleaning and brightening teak furniture care product that should be used annually for untreated teak furniture. It is also recommended to use teak cleaner every 2 or 3 years on furniture that has been treated regularly with one of Golden Care’s protectors before applying the protector again. If you have old, weathered teak that you’ve neglected, Teak Cleaner will restore it to a beauty.

Golden Care Teak Cleaner is a 2 in 1 solution that combines a cleaner with a brightener. With other company’s products you’d have to do this in two separate steps. With the furniture placed above a sheet of plastic to protect the ground, you should first thoroughly wet the furniture using a garden hose.

After shaking the bottle, you can use a sponge or a cloth to apply the cleaner to the surface of the wood. Then allow it to sit for 3 minutes. The next step is to scrub the furniture with a scouring pad in the direction of the wood grain. After cleaning the teak furniture thoroughly, rinse with water using a garden hose, but be sure not to use a high-pressure hose as this could damage your furniture. Then allow the furniture to dry.

After cleaning, you can use one of Golden Care’s other products depending on the finial colour you wish to achieve:

Golden Care Teak Protector

In order to preserve the golden colour of new teak, you should use Golden Care Teak Protector. Before using teak protector for the first time with new furniture, you should allow the furniture to sit out in the air for a week or two until the surface no longer feels oily to the touch.

Make sure that you use a sheet of plastic or something similar placed underneath the furniture to protect the grass or pavement from possible discoloration from the teak protector. You can use a very fine-grained sandpaper to smooth over any rough areas on your furniture. Be certain there is no dust on your furniture before you start. This can be done using a damp cloth to wipe the surface.

Then make sure you give the furniture time to completely dry.

You need to shake the bottle of Golden Care Teak Protector thoroughly for a minute before using it to make sure you’ll get an even colour. Using a lint-free cloth you should apply the teak protector with the thinnest layer of coating possible. This is a case where less equals more. As you apply, you should rub the cloth in the direction of the wood grain.

After you’ve coated the entire piece of furniture, wait 30 minutes for it to dry and then begin applying a second coat. You can use your furniture after waiting one day for the protector to dry fully.

Golden Care recommends using their Teak Cleaner every 2 or 3 years on furniture that has been treated regularly with their Teak Protector. Also, if your teak furniture has already faded to a grey colour you will need to use a teak cleaner before applying the protector.

Golden Care Invisible Teak Furniture Shield

This Teak Shield An almost invisible wood impregnator that makes it difficult for wine, olive oil or butter, coffee, ketchup etc from penetrating into your teak furniture. Golden Care Invisible Teak Furniture Shield is also very suitable for the protection of indoor wooden furniture.

Before using their Teak Shield for the first time with new furniture, you should allow the furniture to sit out in the air for a week or two until the surface doesn’t feel oily to the touch.

Make sure to use a sheet of plastic or something similar placed underneath the furniture to protect the grass or pavement from possible discoloration from the teak Shield. You can use a very fine-grained sandpaper to smooth over any rough areas on your furniture. Be certain there is no dust on your furniture before you start. This can be done using a damp cloth to wipe the surface.

Then make sure you give the furniture time to completely dry.

You need to shake the bottle of Golden Care Teak Shield thoroughly for a minute before using it to make sure you’ll get an even colour. Using a lint-free cloth you should apply the Teak Shield with the thinnest layer of coating possible. This is a case where less equals more. As you apply, you should rub the cloth in the direction of the wood grain.

After you’ve coated the entire piece of furniture, wait 30 minutes for it to dry and then begin applying a second coat. You can use your furniture after waiting one day for the shield to dry fully.

Golden Care recommends using their Teak Cleaner every 2 or 3 years on furniture that has been treated regularly with their Teak Shield. Also, if your teak furniture has already faded to a grey colour you will need to use a teak cleaner before applying the shield.

Storing Your Teak Furniture For Winter

Teak furniture can be left outdoors uncovered all 12 months of the year, no matter where you live. If you choose to cover your teak furniture during winter, use a material that allows the wood to breathe. If you put your furniture away for the winter, do not store it in a heated room. The heat can dry out the wood and cause cracks. It is normal for teak wood to expand and contract with time and changes in weather.

As the wood ages, small checks or cracks may appear on the surface. This is normal and doesn’t affect the durability of the furniture.

Teak ages gracefully. Any resulting imperfections give it the natural and durable quality you will love.

Ask us

If you have any questions of concerns about Teak Furniture Care, then contact us and we will do our best to help.

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