Teak furniture owners looking for Teak Refinishing San Diego have several choices available to them and all have their pros and cons. We, of course, are partial to professional care of teak furniture but we do realize each choice is the right fit for a certain type of consumer. No matter the choice of who refinishes your teak furniture, you will need to be sure that several steps are completed.
Major Steps for Teak Refinishing San Diego
When teak furniture turns gray and weathered from the elements, only a complete teak refinishing process will bring it back to life. The steps to be completed include cleaning the wood to get rid of all dirt, contaminants and oxidation, sanding the wood to restore smoothness, brightening the wood to restore the natural ph-level of the wood and open the grain to best accept teak sealer, and sealing the wood with a specialized, made-for-teak sealer that will penetrate the wood yet provide protection in a natural looking tone.
Here is a brief summary of the choices available for Teak Refinishing San Diego:
- Do-It-Yourself (DIY) – Many homeowners feel comfortable cleaning, sanding, brightening and sealing their own teak furniture. This is a good choice for those who have the time, materials and space to do the job right. One caution with Teak Refinishing - budget one weekend of outdoor time per every 6 pieces of teak that you wish to refinish in a complete manner.
- Hire a Handyman – This can be an effective way to keep down costs as handymen are always willing to tackle any type of job they can get hired for. The flip side is that most handymen do not have access to, or the funds, for the type of materials needed for proper teak refinishing. They also may be not be incented to take the time necessary to do the job right. If a handyman has teak-specific references and you are comfortable trusting your expensive teak furniture to him, then this can be a cost-effective option
- Hire a teak refinishing specialist – While there are only a very few teak refinishing specialists in San Diego, they can be trusted to do the job right the first time and take the utmost care of your prized teak furniture. Their service will be quick (usually one to two days), their cost will be appropriate (about 20% as compared with replacing with new) and their trustability factor will be high as they should have literally hundreds of teak customers to whom you can be referred.
We at Teak & Deck Professionals believe strongly that your investment in your outdoor living space is worth taking care of properly. We focus exclusively on the care and maintenance of outdoor teak furniture and hardwood decks. We have over 1,000 customers across Southern California who trust the refinishing and maintenance of their teak furniture to our experienced crews. If you think that hiring a teak refinishing specialist is the best way to take care of your outdoor teak furniture, give us a call at 800-517-9362 and we’ll show you how easy it is to work with us. You will not regret your decision!
Teak sealing helps to protect your teak from a multitude of problems, both natural and man-made.
Pollution and Teak Sealing
If you live anywhere in or near Orange County, California, as you’re aware, sometimes pollution is a problem. Because of being surrounded by mountains, Los Angeles has a pollution problem that spreads throughout Orange County as well as out east to Riverside. The effects of pollution on one’s health are fairly well-documented, but what is the effect of air pollution on on teak?
First off, there’s smog. Smog is a combination of smoke and fog, and it’s bad news across the globe. One of the biggest problems of smog is that it is filled with particles. These particles fall out of the air and start to land on any outdoor surface, including unfortunately, outdoor teak furniture. For a while, these particles don’t do anything, but after a while, they combine with grease and oil and form a film that can potentially damage your teak. That’s one reason that you may want to seal your teak in Orange County.
How Does Teak Sealing Help?
After you clean your teak, you definitely want to get teak sealing done. Teak sealing helps to protect your teak as well as make it easier to clean up. If you get particulate residue on your outdoor teak furniture, with sealed teak furniture, all it really needs at that point is a good wipe down.
So, remember that your teak is more than decking or furniture. It is also an investment. As such, take care of it. Clean it up every now and then, refinish it as need it. And after teak refinishing? Get teak sealing done.
This concludes part one of our series. Be sure to read part two as well.
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Teak cleaning helps to maintain both indoor and outdoor teak furniture. However, some pieces of teak furniture are more challenging than others. An armoire for instance.
Indoor Teak Care: Cleaning a Teak Armoire
Teak is a long lasting and durable wood, however, it does require a bit of care. If you have an antique teak armoire, there is a good chance it is decades or even centuries old. What’s an armoire? “A wardrobe, also known as an armoire from the French, is a standing closet used for storing clothes. The earliest wardrobe was a chest, and it was not until some degree of luxury was attained in regal palaces and the castles of powerful nobles that separate accommodation was provided for the apparel of the great.” [READ MORE] Teak care is necessary, despite this fact. Here are some tips to clean a teak armoire of a musty smell:
- Remove all items from the armoire first.
- Put some towels around the base of the armoire
- In a plastic bucket, fill it about 2/3rd of the way with water.
- Add a few drops concentrated pH neutral soap such as Palmolive, Dawn, etc.
- Drizzle a small amount of mildew cleaner in the water as well.
- With a clean cotton towel, rag, or soft bristled brush, scrub from the top of the armoire down to the legs
- Blot dry with a clean towel.
- Let it stand for at least 3 hours to completely dry.
If the mildew smell continues, contact a professional teak cleaning service. Indoor furniture is easy, but what about outdoor furniture?
Outdoor Teak Furniture and How to Clean It
Outdoor teak furniture that is exposed to the elements will probably require more cleaning than say teak that is stored in a garage or storage shed. As a rule, you want to clean outdoor teak furniture once every couple of weeks as part of scheduled teak maintenance, or after any pollution alerts, wind advisories or inclement weather.
If you keep up your teak it will probably last longer than you will. Teak can last for centuries, after all. So take care of it, and do teak cleaning every now and then either on your own or by calling in a service.
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Between service visits it is a good idea to enact a program of teak maintenance. You can do this by following a few easy steps.
What to Do After Teak Refinishing
After you’ve had teak refinishing in Orange County done, what do you do next? The answer depends on a few factors. Let’s start with decking. Once a week, it is a good idea to sweep your deck with a regular broom or a dust-mop. When you sweep, don’t bear down on the broom and sweep from the center out to the outside edges.
After any pollution advisories or dust storms, it’s a good idea to rinse off your deck with a garden hose. Don’t use any high pressure hoses, however, as this can potentially damage your teak. Now we’ll cover teak furniture.
Indoor Teak and Outdoor Teak Furniture
If you have outdoor teak furniture, and it hasn’t been refinished in a while, check the color. If it is still caramel color, you’re good. If it is starting to gray, you may want to refinish it. Once refinishing is done, store your teak furniture somewhere out of the elements, such as a shed or covered patio. Teak furniture requires very little care if you store it. If you keep it out, make sure that you clean it off once a week by lightly misting it, and wiping it down with a towel or clean rag. Indoor teak is even easier.
Indoor teak furniture usually requires little to no care, except for occasionally wiping it down. If you have a teak coffee table, however, remember that coasters and mats are important. Food and drink stains can erode the finish on your teak, making teak restoration important.
If you have teak, protect your investment. Take of your teak by maintaining it and doing teak cleaning once in a while.
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Teak sealing in Orange County is necessary to protect your teak from the fog and other inclement weather that is common this time of year.
Orange County and Teak Care
Being a temperate coastal desert, Orange County receives a lot of precipitation this time of year. Rain is common from now until March, and in some cases, we can even have hailstorms. Even rarer is the odd snowfall. All of these things combined with the Santa Ana winds can cause damage to your teak. That’s why it is important to be a bit proactive about teak care. Why? Well, teak is expensive.
One chair can run you as much as $600. Replacing your teak, especially on something as big as a deck could run you into the tens of thousands of dollars depending on your square footage. Following proper teak care steps can help you in the long run. What is the best way to take care of your teak?
Teak Care Tips
First off, if you’re going to sweep your teak deck, always make sure you’re using a regular broom and not a hard bristled brush, particularly anything with metal bristles. Teak, as we’ve covered repeatedly, has both hard and soft sections. The soft sections of your teak can easily be damaged by a metal-bristled brush. Sweep your deck lightly, and sweep outward towards the edges, never inward. If you want to clean your teak deck with a hose, don’t use high pressure. Again, this can damage the softer sections of your wood. Use a regular garden hose, and let it dry naturally. One thing that we highly recommend is that you seal your teak once a year or so.
Teak is easier than you think. If you protect it, it won’t just last for years. It will last for decades. When in doubt, call in a service that does teak refinishing in Orange County.
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Part three of our series on teak sealing in Orange County explores sealing teak after a refinishing job is done.
Why You Should Do Teak Sealing as Part of a Teak Refinishing Project
As a professional teak refinishing service, we do not believe that any teak refinishing project is complete without sealing. Whenever you refinish teak, you want to keep that look as long as you can, otherwise it can start to gray. We’re past the June Gloom here in Orange County, but the Santa Ana winds are starting up, and the winter weather can be a bit extreme even here.
Sealing your teak helps to keep your teak looking as if you just refinished it between visits. As to how often you should seal it, a good rule of thumb is every time you arrange for teak refinishing. Sealing is an important way of keeping your teak at it’s peak appearance year round.
Orange County and Teak Sealing
Orange County has a lovely Mediterranean climate with a relatively mild range of temperatures, however we do have weather that can cause problems. We recommend that you keep your teak stored away and covered when not in use to avoid particles and grit from damaging your teak. That way it helps your dollar stretch a little further. As to what weather we’re talking about it boils down to three things: sun, rain, and wind. The sun can damage teak and start graying it, and the wind can carry small pieces of grit or sand as well as pollution particulates. Teak, while water-resistant is still wood, and it can warp and crack when exposed to unnecessary moisture.
Your teak is a part of your home. When you refinish your teak, why not wrap it up with professional teak sealing in Orange County.
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Part two of our series on teak sealing in Orange County, explores when you should seal teak furniture. The answer depends on whether it is indoors or outdoors. Be sure to read part one of this series as well as part three.
When Should You Seal New Teak Furniture?
When you should seal new teak furniture depends on whether it is indoor teak or outdoor teak. If if is indoor teak furniture, sealing can be at any time, and is done to largely help to avoid spills and stains. Outdoor teak furniture, however, is sealed to protect it not only from stains, but from the elements as well. As you may or may not know is that teak goes gray when it is unsealed. Back east, this gray color is highly prized, and even encouraged. However, in Southern California it is regarded as unsightly.
So you want your new caramel color teak furniture to stay, well, caramel colored. The best way to do this is to seal your new teak furniture within one week of putting it outside for the first time. This will guarantee that your teak stays beautiful. If you’re wanting to do it yourself, be sure that you know what to do and what not to do to avoid damage.
Teak Sealing: What Do I Do?
First off, don’t ever put oil or varnish on the teak to be sealed. Teak is naturally oily already, and putting on something that will make it even more oily will cause the teak sealer to not adhere to the surface. You want to call in a professional teak refinishing service in Orange County to do it if you don’t know what you’re doing, or know every step of the procedure. We had a customer for example who bought a store bought teak sealer. He sealed a set of teak Adirondack chairs with it, and deeply regretted the result. Turns out the “teak” product he bought had a bit of dye in it, which interacted adversely with the teak made his teak an unnatural color. Suffice it to say it wasn’t the color of caramel.
Buying teak is an investment, not an expense. You would never light a fireplace with a stock certificate, would you? Then why would you want to use a product without knowing something about it? The principle is the same with using a teak sealer on your teak.
Teak and Deck Professionals is a teak sealing service in Orange County.
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Part one of a series on teak sealing explores why you may want to consider sealing for a new deck. One of the biggest reasons is simple. Teak is not exactly inexpensive
Teak Sealing in Orange County: What to Do With a New Deck
Ok, time for some kudos here. First off you live in Orange County, so good for you. You’re living in one of the most highly desired pieces of real estate in California, much less the rest of the US. And let’s say you’ve just installed a new teak deck. Congratulations again! Teak is a beautiful addition to any Southern California home. Yet, a lot of people don’t realize that teak has to be cared for, and one of the best ways is teak sealing in Orange County.
Teak is durable, beautiful, and elegant. However, it also ages if not treated right. It turns a grayish silver color. That’s why if you have installed new teak, you want to seal it.. When should you seal a new teak deck? We recommend that you seal your teak within one to three months of installing it.
Why Sealing New Teak is Important
New teak starts to change from the moment it is exposed to the outside air. That’s why you want to think about teak sealing within the first year of installing it, usually at the 1-3 month mark. You want to call a teak refinishing service in the Orange County area for recommendations on what teak sealer to use. There are a lot of varnishes and products on the market. You want to make sure that whatever you use, it is specially formulated for teak as opposed to a general wood sealer or water-proofing product.
As to why, that’s easy. Teak is a very oily wood. A lot of varnishes are made of guess what? Oil. So without a specially formulated sealer, it may not work at all, or even worse yet, damage the teak. So remember, teak sealing is important, but you have to know what you’re working with at all times.
Be sure to read part two and part three of this series as well.
Teak and Deck Professionals is a teak refinishing service in Orange County and operating throughout southern California.
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Sometimes, you can do easy teak maintenance on your own. Part three of our series explores some things that you can do between visits from your teak service.
Teak Maintenance: Teak Decks
Sweep your deck once a week to remove grit, dust, or sand. One of the questions we get a lot from our newer customers is: “Should I scrub my teak deck?” If you want to scrub your deck, remember that your deck needs to be treated with the proper care to avoid damaging it. Never use a hard metal bristled brush on teak, as teak has both hard and soft sections, and you can damage the softer ones that way. Use a neutral pH cleaner like dish-washing soap in a bucket of water. Scrub gently, rinse thoroughly with a hose, and then let it dry naturally.
If you want your teak deck to keep its non slip attributes, never varnish it. You may also want to gently sand your teak deck once or twice a year, or call in a professional teak refinishing company. As for teak furniture, how you care for it depends on whether it is indoor furniture or outdoors.
Teak Furniture Care: Indoor Vs. Outdoor
Teak furniture care varies based on the type of teak furniture, and whether it’s indoors or out. Indoor teak furniture is a piece of cake. Lightly mist with water, and wipe down to remove any dust. Don’t use furniture polish as a rule, as teak is a naturally oily wood, and as such, it doesn’t need much done to it. Outdoor teak furniture you just need to gently scrub to remove any dirt or dust, and again, scrub lightly with a soft bristled brush. Once or twice a year, call in a teak service to look it over.
Most of the time, teak is an easy wood to care for. Considering it’s durability, if you take care of it, your descendants will probably use it long after you’re gone. So follow these teak care tips, or call in a teak refinishing service.
Teak & Deck Professionals 5355 Avenida Encinas #111 Carlsbad, CA 92008 (800) 517-9362 (866) 618-4551 http://www.teakanddeck.com