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Caring for your Teak Garden Furniture

Teak outdoor furniture is renowned for being maintenance-free. It does not require any special care because it is protected against the effects of the weather, rotting, mould-infestations and wood-boring parasites by its own natural oils (Oleoresins). However, if you take a few simple steps periodically, you can keep your Teak furniture looking as good as the day you bought it.

Teak is a popular material that is used to create furniture for the outdoor living areas of a home in any climate. The wood is able to last for decades when it is treated correctly. There is also some benefit in using certain types of the wood because it can be harvested sustainably and even cultivated in the right conditions. The many different benefits of outdoor teak furniture have also made it slightly more expensive than other woods that could be purchased.

Why Teak Is Used For Outdoor Furnishings

Teak is a type of wood that has a large amount of oil inside of the fibers. This oil is known as oleoresin. The oleoresin rises to the surface of the wood slowly over time and can actually give freshly cut pieces a sleek and almost moist texture. Furniture that is made from this type of material does not have a large amount of open pores. This prevents mould and moisture from seeping into the grain and eventually rotting the wood away. The oils also provide a natural resistance against certain types of insects that usually eat wood.

Caring For Outdoor Furniture

Caring for teak can be done in a number of different ways. The finish of the pieces will slowly fade and become a weathered grey color over time without any finish. This is a popular option because the natural preservative oils will keep a chair or table in good condition for many decades. Some owners, however, will use a sealant and a stain on different pieces in order to preserve the natural color and grain of fresh-cut wood. After several years it is usually a good idea to wipe down any furnishings with some type of oil in order to replenish the natural oils. Teak furniture has been known to last for more than 70 years when cared for properly.

Teak outdoor furniture is not affected by low winter temperatures, snow and other outdoor elements and can be left outdoors all year round.

If you would like to preserve teak's original colour, you can buy specialist teak oil or teak sealer which are specially designed for this purpose. Neither have any effect on the furniture's strength and durability but there is one important difference between teak oil and teak sealer. Once you start treating your furniture with teak oil, you need to repeat the treatment every few months. This is due to the fact that teak oil deprives teak wood of its natural oils and makes it dependent on periodic treatments which restore its oil content. In addition, treatment with teak oil does not prevent the greying process but only postpones it. Teak sealer is much more convenient because it requires less frequent treatments and does not destroy teak's natural oils which is why you can stop using it at any time.