Concrete Sealing and Staining Part 3: Final Thoughts

Part three of a series on concrete cleaning explores some final points.

How Often Should You Clean Your Concrete?

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How often should you clean your concrete?  Well, that depends on a few factors.  First off, what sort of conditions is your concrete exposed to?  Intense sunlight and inclement weather can determine when you want to get concrete cleaning done.  In addition to exposure to the elements, if you have a lot of traffic on your concrete, you’re going to need more work done than say an elderly woman who lets her cat out once a night.

Whatever level of concrete cleaning you need, as we covered in our last article, you also want to make sure you get concrete sealing done when you get cleaning done.  This will allow you to go for a lot longer time between visits from your concrete cleaning service.   As a rule, a good benchmark is to clean your concrete at least  once every year.

Why You Should Keep Your Concrete Clean

Keeping your concrete clean is a good idea as it keeps your home looking its best, and it also keeps up the investment in your home.  You can clean your concrete yourself between visits from your concrete cleaning service.  Sweep your concrete clean with a dust mop once a month or rinse it with a garden hose. Make sure that you avoid using anything acidic to clean your concrete, however, because if it is not sealed, the acid will interact with your concrete surface in a bad way.

So remember, a bit of knowledge is power.  Know what you can do with your concrete and what you can’t do with your concrete.  And remember to call in a professional concrete cleaning service at least once a year.

This concludes part three of our series on concrete cleaning; be sure to read part one and part two as well.

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Concrete Sealing and Staining Part 2: Clean it Up

Part two of a series on concrete cleaning focuses on how to clean concrete.

How Do I Clean My Concrete?

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A lot of people want to know “how do I clean my concrete?” First off, understand that concrete is porous.  Also understand that it is a very tough and hard material.  Unlike when you clean your teak, you don’t have to worry about scrubbing too hard when you clean your concrete.  Like teak cleaning, you can use a high pressure hose and detergent to clean it.

Teak cleaning and concrete cleaning also share a lot of other similarities as well.  For one thing, after you get concrete cleaning done, you want to seal it as well.

Why You Need Concrete Sealing

As to why you need concrete sealing, concrete sealing is the final stage in the process.   After you have cleaned your concrete, sealing helps to keep out dirt and stains that unfortunately concrete is vulnerable to.  Remember, as we said above, concrete is porous.  Take a look at the floor of a garage for example.  One time, that concrete was a grayish white.  Now, well, it is most likely the color of a pack of Dalmatians.

Concrete sealer is a great way to stop stains before they start. What is concrete sealer made of?  Unlike teak sealer, which is usually polyurethane, concrete sealer is usually made of clear siloxane or silane.  These chemicals are water repellant, and easy to apply.  If you want to do this yourself, apply concrete with a roller brush, or by using a paint sprayer.  When in doubt, call in a concrete cleaning service to do it for you.

This concludes part two of our series on concrete cleaning.  Be sure to read part one and part three as well.

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Concrete Sealing and Staining Part 1: A New Look for Your Concrete

Part one of a series on concrete cleaning focuses on concrete staining.

Why Should You Get Concrete Staining Done?

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Why should you get concrete staining done?  Concrete staining can make your patio look like a million dollars, without the million dollar price tag.  When you stain your concrete, you change the color and the appearance of it.  There are two different types of stains, acid-based and paint-based.  Acid based concrete stain has the advantage of being permanent, and will not wear off.  It also has very rich vibrant colors and a lovely variegated appearance.  Paint based stain, however allows you to change the color of your concrete later on.

Whichever type of concrete stain you’re looking at, after it is completed, you want to  make sure that you seal your concrete, as we will cover in a later article.  However, for the moment, know that sealing your concrete helps to protect it.  Before you begin any staining project, however, make sure that your concrete has been professionally cleaned.

Get Concrete Cleaning Done Before You Stain It

As to why, that’s simple.  You want your concrete surface to be completely free of dirt, particularly when you’re using an acid based concrete stain.  Acid based concrete stain works via a chemical reaction.  You don’t want a chemical reaction with some sort of contaminant like dirt.  You want your concrete to be stained effectively.

Good concrete cleaning involves a bit of elbow grease.  You don’t need to be gentle with your concrete, it’s one of the hardest substances around.  Rent a pressure washer, and use biodegradable and pH neutral detergent to clean it.  You may also have to get down and scrub it with a brush.  If you want an easier solution however, call in a professional concrete cleaning service.

This concludes part one of our series on concrete cleaning.  Be sure to read part two and part three as well.

Teak & Deck Professionals 5355 Avenida Encinas #111 Carlsbad, CA 92008 (800) 517-9362 http://www.teakanddeck.com

Teak Refinishing San Diego

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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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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 Part 2: Protecting Your Teak from the Weather

Part two of a series on teak sealing explores how to protect your outdoor teak furniture from the effects of the weather.

Orange County and Teak Sealing: “Nearly Ideal” Weather

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Orange County is blessed with nearly ideal weather.  Notice we said nearly ideal.  During winter, we have some fierce storms sometimes, and we also have the Santa Ana winds in fall.  The Los Angeles area is a coastal desert valley, so all that moisture and wind has to go somewhere.  As a result, we get a lot of rain and wind.  If your teak is exposed to the elements and doesn’t have any sort of protection, soon even teak can start to show its wear and tear. That’s why you really want to think about teak sealing in Orange County

Make no mistake, however, sealing your teak is not a substitute for common sense.  If you know bad weather is coming, get your teak inside, cover it with a secured tarp, or secure it in a storage shed.  Why?  Well, in case you haven’t gone shopping for teak lately, it has gone up in price significantly.  While you can buy used teak fairly cheap, new teak will run you several hundred dollars.

Teak Sealing Vs. Teak Refinishing

Teak sealing is a natural follow up to teak refinishing in Orange County.  When you refinish  your teak, it’s sanded to reveal teak’s natural caramel color.  Teak is best when it is refinished.  Sealing teak after it has been refinished makes its beauty last.

So remember, teak is not something you want to replace unless you really want to and more importantly that you can afford to.  So instead, take care of your teak and one way to start is to do teak sealing.

Be sure to read part one of this series as well.

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Teak Sealing Part 1: Protecting Outdoor Teak From Man-Made Problems

Teak sealing helps to protect your teak from a multitude of problems, both natural and man-made.

Pollution and Teak Sealing

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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: How to Clean Teak Furniture

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

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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:

  1. Remove all items from the armoire first.
  2. Put some towels around the base of the armoire
  3. In a plastic bucket, fill it about 2/3rd of the way with water.
  4. Add a few drops concentrated pH neutral soap such as Palmolive, Dawn, etc.
  5. Drizzle a small amount of mildew cleaner in the water as well.
  6. With a clean cotton towel, rag, or soft bristled brush, scrub from the top of the armoire down to the legs
  7. Blot dry with a clean towel.
  8. 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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Teak Maintenance 101

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

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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.

Teak & Deck Professionals 5355 Avenida Encinas #111 Carlsbad, CA 92008 (800)-517-9362 http://www.teakanddeck.com

Teak Sealing in Orange County: Preparing for Winter Weather

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

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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.

Teak & Deck Professionals 5355 Avenida Encinas #111 Carlsbad, CA 92008 (800)-517-9362 http://www.teakanddeck.com

 

Teak and Teak Sealing in Orange County Part 3: After Refinishing

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

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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.

This concludes part three of our series on teak sealing in Orange County.  Be sure to read part one and part two of this series as well.

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