TEAK
Teak is the premium natural material for outdoor furniture. Teak is an extremely durable hardwood; it requires very little care to preserve its good looks and integrity over decades of use.Teak requires no special treatment or coating to extend its long life, however there are some choices for the care of its appearance. New teak furniture often has a slight surface sheen. This is from the oil naturally occurring in teak wood. This surface oil will be washed away after a short time outdoors. The oils and resins that remain inside give teak its lasting durability. Over time when left outdoors, teak furniture will naturally age to a handsome silver-gray. This gradual process usually takes from six to twelve months depending on local conditions. Water spots or other discoloration may occur early in the weathering process. Some small cracks may also develop in the wood surface. This is a natural weathering effect and will soon blend into the surrounding surface. The slight separation of the grain has no effect on the strength and longevity of the furniture. Teak will return to its original smooth feel after the initial weathering process.

Maintenance:

Cleaning with a soft bristle brush or Scotch Brite© pad and soapy water will help to return the surface to a smooth finish. Once the furniture has taken on a weathered surface, it is easily maintained by an annual cleaning with a soft bristled brush and soapy water to remove accumulated dirt. Most dirt and stains can be removed with soapy water and a brush. For tough stains and mildew add one part household bleach to two parts water in the soap solution. Rinse well with clean water after washing. Pressure washers are to be avoided as they can scour and roughen the wood surface.

Commercial Teak Cleaners are available for teak that has become dark grey or black after many years.

There are also many commercial Teak Oils and stains on the market if you prefer a darker natural finish. We advise against the use of paint, varnish or other similar finishes. These finishes tend to crack and flake from the surface and are not suited to this application.

Note: We advise that all new teak furniture should be wiped down after unwrapping to remove any dust particles left from the production process- prior to placing your new cushions directly on the timber.