Teak is an excellent choice for any patio. This durable and beautiful material is impervious to water, mildew, and wood-eating insects and adds timeless charm to any outdoor space.
Teak furniture is not only beautiful, it is also very easy to maintain. If left untreated and exposed to the elements for at least six months it silvers into a beautiful patina colour. This transformation will not compromise the structural integrity of your furniture.
Untreated teak furniture requires little maintenance beyond an annual cleaning to remove dust and dirt.
Simple Teak Cleaning Solution
For stubborn stains such as oil or wine use a fine grit sandpaper to gently sand the stain away. Be sure to work in the direction of the grain.
While the silvery patina of untreated teak can lend any space an elegant, rustic look, some people prefer to maintain teak’s original deep honey colour. To do this, you will need to treat and maintain your teak furniture annually, especially if your furniture sees a lot of sunlight during the summer months.
To avoid rot and mildew be sure to keep your furniture out of damp, shady areas. If you are looking to achieve a patina finish on your teak furniture, you can leave it outdoors, uncovered throughout the winter months. If you wish to cover your furniture be sure to use a cloth that will let the wood breath, and do not store it in a heated room. The heat can dry out the wood, causing unsightly cracks.
Over time you may notice the grains in the legs and arms lifting and small cracks appearing. This is a normal side effect of the wood expanding and contracting in response to fluctuating weather patterns. It will not compromise the structural integrity of your furniture.
Teak’s beauty and durability has made it a top choice for families around the globe for generations. A well-maintained teak patio set can bring your family decades of enjoyment and makes it a great addition to any outdoor space.