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Our furniture is part of our everyday lives. We should take care of them like we take care of other things inside our homes or even in our backyards or patios. Furniture also changes through time. Even the best wooden furniture gets weather-beaten. Teak is considered to be the best wood for garden furniture. The best time to clean teak outdoor furniture is during spring. Choose a fair and breezy day for cleaning your teak furniture so that the teak will dry off quickly. We recommend that you clean your teak furniture annually to maintain its look and extend its life span. 

Cleaning Teak Furniture

To clean your teak furniture, prepare a solution of soapy water and a splash of white vinegar or bleach. Wash your teak furniture using this solution and wash it down with a hose with normal water pressure. This will remove the soapy solution and all sorts of dirt and grime. Avoid using a pressure washer as this will strip away the natural, protective oils of teak.
To remove stubborn stains, use very fine sandpaper and lightly sand in the direction of the grain. You may notice the appearance of a lighter patch after sanding, this will eventually even out gradually to the same color as the rest of the teak.

Bleaching Teak Furniture

Black spots are caused by humidity, which develops into mold or mildew. To remove these annoying dark spots, mold or mildew, and watermark stains from your teak furniture, you can try bleaching it. To bleach teak furniture, prepare a solution of warm water and a soapy solution. Add a small amount of liquid bleach into the solution (1 part bleach to 9 parts soapy solution). Clean your teak furniture using this solution and a scrubbing brush. Rinse the teak furniture thoroughly with clean water.
However, if you prefer not to use liquid bleach, use white vinegar as an alternative. Simply follow the steps above and substitute bleach with vinegar.

Sanding Teak Furniture

Over time, with constant neglect, teak furniture, especially teak garden furniture or teak outdoor furniture may look rough and weathered. Although it may look worn out, teak has enough natural oil inside to protect it from getting rotten. To put it simply, rough teak is not a maintenance problem, rather it is a cosmetic problem.
For a completely smooth surface, we suggest hand-sanding your teak furniture with very fine sandpaper. Then, use a dry, rough cleaning sponge to remove the remaining sawdust. Avoid power sanding as this may generate extra heat that can create black marks on your teak furniture. Products like Teak Cleaners can help brighten the wood back up and Teak Protectors can restore teak’s natural honey-gold color. Remember, do not apply any oils to your teak outdoor furniture as this may induce mold growth.

Sealing Teak Furniture

Teak wood is full of natural oils that keep it strong and durable. This is why applying oil to the teak furniture is unnecessary. It’s best to use Teak sealers instead because they protect teak furniture from losing the original golden hues.
Teak sealant typically lasts for a year. They help lessen the effects brought by the sun’s rays on your teak outdoor furniture. For sealant application, it’s best to leave the teak furniture out in the sun for at least 2 weeks to open up the grain. This will help the sealer stick to the teak furniture correctly. Then, with a steady hand, spray the area with the sealer. Next, rub the sealer into the teak furniture using a lint-free cloth. For an optimum finish, you can apply an additional coat of sealant. 
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We hope you found this article helpful. Check out some high-quality outdoor teak furniture options from Patio Furniture Land. Please contact us by phone or email and we’ll do our best to help.

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