Teak is quite the superstar in the world of furniture, and why wouldn’t it be. It not only looks aesthetic, but it’s also very easy to care for and lasts a very long time. It’s one of the only woods ideal for outdoor use, such as patio furniture. Teak patio furniture requires little, if any maintenance at all, to last a fairly long time.
So, now you’ve probably understood the craze behind teak patio furniture, but that isn’t where it all ends. More people now prefer to have some variation of teak in their furniture, especially when they want to place it outside.
Making a mistake can cost you. One wrong product and you will be looking at slowly dissolving wood. Here’s everything you need to know about teak patio furniture, and how to care for it.
What makes teak good for patio furniture?
Teak is a kind of oily and dense wood, which means it has a natural barrier against all kinds of pests and insects that may take root in the trunk fibers. This oil is also a barrier against natural forces like water and sand to avoid gradual wear and tear. All of this points to the fact that if and when teak is crafted well, you’re looking at a piece of patio furniture that will last you for decades to come.
It’s also one of the most beautiful kinds of wood out there. Its honey gold color makes it a treat to the eyes whether under direct sunlight or rain. Of course, the color fades, but only to mellow grey and that doesn’t affect the quality of the wood.
Ways to clean teak patio furniture
The only real concern you will have with teak is the external growth of mold and fungi on the areas that are constantly exposed to moisture. This is where your basic cleaning comes in. Also, remember to clean your furniture on a day when the sun is out, this way it’ll dry faster.
A little mild soap mixed with water will suffice, but you can invest in a teak wood cleaner as they aren’t too expensive. Never use force when cleaning, and clean in the direction the grain goes. Simply rinse off once you’re done, dab any excess water off, and put it out in the sun to dry. You can also use a wood sealer once it’s fully dry, but make sure you’re not leaving any moisture in.
Keep these things in mind and your teak patio furniture will keep shining.