At Teak & Deck Professionals, we are committed to helping our clients understand the best ways to protect their investment in a hardwood deck or teak furniture. We know that your deck and outdoor furniture represent a significant amount of money, so we want to help you ensure that you take the best care possible of these items.
What Is The Difference Between A Transparent and a Semi-Transparent Sealer?
A transparent sealer is one that is perfectly clear so that it does not change the appearance of your deck or furniture in terms of color. However, a transparent sealer will often darken the tone of the wood slightly more than it appears dry and less than it would appear if wet. It is important to realize that transparent sealers are designed to bring out the depth and beauty of wood, not to preserve their exact color before sealing.
A semi-transparent sealer, on the other hand, often contains some level of staining agent so that the color of the wood is materially altered. This type of sealer is often packaged as a “stain and sealer” combination, making it clear that the color of the wood will change substantially when it is applied.
Which Is Best?
The purpose of a sealer is not to change the appearance of wood. Rather, it is designed to protect wood from traffic, weathering, mold and mildew. Deck sealers, for example, offer protection from rain, snow, ice or other weather conditions that can destroy the surface of a wooden deck in a short time.
The same types of protection are available from teak furniture sealers. Clear sealers are a great way to keep teak furniture looking great, but it is important to use a sealer designed for this type of furniture and not traditional deck sealer.
Unfortunately, clear deck sealers are not as good at beating back the sun’s UV rays. If you want UV protection for your deck, it is often necessary to choose a sealer with at least some degree of opacity. This is the term for the inability of light to pass through the sealer. Deck sealers and teak furniture sealers with a stain base are often good at protecting the deck or furniture from UV rays, but they will alter the color of the wood.
If you have questions about transparent vs. semi-transparent sealers or any other questions about teak furniture or wooden decks, talk to the experts at Teak & Deck Professionals!
Why Teak Oil Can Be Harmful for Your Teak Furniture
At Teak & Deck Professionals, we often hear this question: “Why shouldn’t I use oil to protect my teak furniture?” We thought we would take a few moments and answer this question.
The Role of Oil in Wood
Have you ever wondered about the science behind furniture polish? You may have used this product on your indoor furniture for many years without ever really wondering about the role it plays in keeping furniture looking good.
Wood is a natural organic product and as such is different than stone or other non-organic substances. Because wood comes from a living organism, it needs moisture to maintain its texture and color. This moisture is sealed into the wood by oil of some type.
In very porous woods, the natural oils evaporate quickly. For this reason, some woods such as pine must have oil added to them regularly in order to stay supple. This is why you regularly polish indoor furniture, which tends to be made of more porous wood than outdoor furniture. However, you should always use high-quality oil-based polish rather than the aerosol polish sold by the can. Good quality furniture polish will help your indoor furniture retain a shine and look good for a long time.
Teak Furniture Weathering
Outdoor furniture, however, is very different and should never be polished with oil. Because teak has surface oils that evaporate, it develops a “weathered” look. Some people prefer the non-weathered look, but the way to achieve this is not by adding oil, which may cause mildew. Instead, a proper teak sealer should be applied after cleaning and reapplied on a regular basis.
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You don’t have to use preservatives or treatments of any kind to ensure the longevity of your outdoor teak. Oiling teak is only recommended if you are planning on using the furniture indoors. Outdoor teak furniture should not be oiled, as it will not prolong the life of the wood, but will, unfortunately, tie you into an arduous maintenance routine. Oiled teak is more likely to mildew and will be subject to irregular coloring as it weathers. New teak furniture often appears smooth and “polished” – this comes from the oil which occurs naturally in the wood. The oil on the surface of your teak will evaporate over time once the furniture is outdoors (hence the “graying”); it is the oil that remains below the surface that gives the wood its strength and durability. This is why good quality teak can be left outside all year long.
San Diego Teak Refinishing in the Summer Months
This time of year is especially trying for San Diego Teak Refinishing. Why? With the season’s warmer temperatures, many customers of properly maintained teak will experience the unsightly appearance of naturally occurring teak oil on their wood surfaces. Naturally occurring teak oil (not the kind purchased at retail!) will make furniture look splotchy and can even cause drips onto cushions and patios. Not what most teak owners are looking for out of their beautiful teak furniture!
Teak Oil & San Diego Teak Refinishing
So how does naturally occurring teak oil affect the natural beauty of well-cared for teak furniture? During the warmer months, some teak furniture (less than 10%) will “bleed out” its own oil revealing an appearance as shown in the picture above. Many people will assume this is their sealer washing off as we receive many calls with this exact description. Actually, the sealer is being over-taken by the internal teak oil. The proof is in the color of the teak oil as it is significantly darker than the overall tone of the sealed wood and in the light trails that the teak oil leaves in the sealed wood as it travels vertically down from where it started (usually a vertical edge of some sort). No matter what is, it is certainly not the look you are going for. So what can be done?
Remedies for Teak Oil Drips
So what is a teak furniture owner to do? Well, fortunately, the natural teak oil itself is not difficult to clean from patios and cushions. There are also a couple of tips we can recommend. First, if your teak does show a propensity to bleed its own natural teak oil during the warmer months, a simple change in sealer type could do wonders in helping to alleviate the unsightly appearance that the teak oil can leave behind. We have high-quality, penetrating, oil-based teak sealers that do a great job of masking any teak oil from appearing. Second, a light sanding and cleaning will lessen the impact of the teak oil and allow for a resealing of your furniture, yielding a like-new look. We offer San Diego Teak Refinishing fall maintenance visits just to deal with teak oil drippings and their impact on your furniture. If you have any questions at all about your particular teak pieces or how teak oil may impact them in the future, please give Teak & Deck Professionals a call at 800-517-9362.
At Teak & Deck Professionals, we take our job of helping you maintain beautiful outdoor spaces very seriously. Our quality deck sealers at http://teakanddeck.com/deck-sealers/ and teak maintenance at http://teakanddeck.com/teak-refinishing/teak-maintenance/ are designed to help you keep your entire outdoors looking great for years to come.
Sometimes, we find that a little knowledge is very helpful for homeowners who want to be sure that they are doing the right thing to keep their patio furniture beautiful between maintenance visits. Here are some tips and facts from us about your teak furniture that you may find useful.
A Little About Teak
Teak wood is one of the most durable hardwoods known to man. However, it is important to buy only quality teak furniture as many cheaper manufacturers cut corners in the construction of teak furniture. Ideally, your dowels and all pieces of your teak patio set should be made of teak, not cheap substitutes like pine.
Teak is grown internationally in tropical climates and can be sourced from several countries including Burma, India, Malaysia and Thailand. Naturalized varieties are also grown in Africa and the Caribbean and seem to be of comparable quality to Asian teak. A quality teak furniture manufacturer will only buy from reputable, sustainable teak growers.
Tips for Teak Maintenance
Teak needs very little help to look beautiful. However, there are a few things you can do to keep your furniture at its best, including:
- Do not oil teak. Teak should only be oiled if it is going to be used indoors where there is much less natural humidity and the air may be relatively cold. Oil may also cause your teak furniture to mildew.
- Decide if you like the gray or the honey look. You use different methods to achieve each look, so it is important to know which you want. Many people love the gray, weathered look of teak, which is unlike the look of any other wood. Others prefer the “new” look. Weathering takes six to eight months. During this time, spots may appear but will even out over time. If you want to preserve the new look, various teak cleaners and sealers are available to keep your teak from weathering. We can help you choose the right products and set up a regular maintenance schedule to give you the help you need to keep your furniture looking great.
- Clean regularly. Whether your teak furniture is sealed or not, a regular cleaning with mild soap and water will give your furniture the boost it needs to look great.
For more information on keeping your teak furniture beautiful, contact us today!
Sometimes being too busy is a great thing! At Teak & Deck Professionals, we recently expanded our personnel to three full-time crews to meet the growing demands of our customers. As far as we are concerned, nothing is more important than making sure our customers have everything they need for quality teak restoration and maintenance, deck sealing and repair and cleaning and sealing of other outdoor surfaces.
A Wide Range of Services Means More Commitment
As we expanded our range of services, it quickly became apparent that we were going to need more quality technicians to meet the needs of our customers. While we originally focused our efforts on providing the best deck sealers at http://teakanddeck.com/deck-sealers/ and teak maintenance at http://teakanddeck.com/teak-refinishing/teak-maintenance/, we soon branched into other areas of service as our customers requested help.
For example, some customers do not have hardwood decks but instead have concrete or stone patios or pool aprons. These customers often asked us if we could clean and seal these surfaces with the same attention to detail and quality that we have shown with our wood cleaning, sealing and restoration. Of course, we wanted to say yes! After some study of the various products on the market and a good bit of testing on our part in controlled environments, we decided on the cleaning methods and solutions as well as the sealers that we feel will give the best results. We were all set to provide our customers with great concrete and stone cleaning and sealing services, but we realized that our personnel would soon be overwhelmed with customer orders!
The answer was obvious to us—we needed more people to help. We have hired and trained an entirely new group of quality technicians who must pass rigorous standards in order to be employed with us. The result is that we have a full crew who is ready and willing to work with you and enough technicians to go around for everyone. We recently added our 1,000th maintenance customer and look forward to growing and expanding to encompass 2,000 maintenance customers in the future!
Call us at Teak & Deck Professionals with any outdoor maintenance questions. We can help you keep all of your outdoor furniture and areas looking their best with our highly-qualified crews and our great products!
Teak & Deck Professionals is proud to announce that we just added our 1,000th customer who trusts us with their ongoing outdoor maintenance!
Deck & Furniture Maintenance—A Growing Concern
Let’s face it—wood is not getting cheaper. In fact, putting in a deck or purchasing quality teak furniture today represents a much larger investment than in the past. There is no way that anyone would want to risk losing that investment when proper maintenance can help preserve their valuable deck or teak furniture for years to come!
This is one reason that we at Teak & Deck Professionals take our selection of deck sealers at http://teakanddeck.com/deck-sealers/ so seriously. Our technicians choose the right products for every deck, no matter what type of wood you have, and apply it correctly and at the right time so that your deck is maintained to its highest quality.
For example, we have specific sealers for Ipe, Ironwood, Managaris, Teak, Redwood, Cedar and almost any other wood type. We can also offer sample choices upon request so that you can see exactly how your finished deck will look. This is very important as some woods are made to appear at their best when weathered.
Teak maintenance at http://teakanddeck.com/teak-refinishing/teak-maintenance/ is another important job that we take very seriously. Teak furniture, if it is of good quality, is a lifetime investment and should last for years to come. However, too many homeowners are finding that their teak furniture patio set is ruined after just a few years because of lack of proper maintenance and care. At Teak & Deck Professionals, we offer you the very best in teak maintenance options so that you can maintain your teak furniture in exactly the condition you want, whether that is weathered and rugged or smooth and silky.
We Proudly Serve Southern California
With the recent addition of our 1,000th maintenance customer, we are happy to know that southern Californians are taking their deck and teak furniture maintenance seriously. We always love to help our customers find the right maintenance schedules and solutions to their outdoor furniture needs and we offer the highest quality products and the most professional service to help them do so.
Contact us today at Teak & Deck Professionals. We can handle your outdoor cleaning, restoration and maintenance needs for all hardwood decks, teak furniture and even stone and concrete patio surfaces.
Teak furniture is a beautiful addition to your patio or deck. As seen at http://www.houzz.com/teak-furniture, teak furniture comes in a multitude of styles and shapes to suit any taste and outdoor space. However, without proper teak furniture maintenance, as seen at http://furniture.about.com/od/outdoorfurniture/qt/te71009ak.htm, teak furniture may not last and look beautiful year after year.
Some people try to refinish teak furniture themselves. This is, of course, an option, but when you try to refinish your own teak furniture you may find that you do not have the right products or techniques. Sometimes, it is better to allow a professional like Teak & Deck maintenance and restoration services as seen at http://teakanddeck.com/teak-refinishing/teak-restoration/ to handle your teak deck furniture restoration.
How Is Teak Furniture Restored?
Depending on the damage that is done to the teak furniture, it may be necessary to sand and repair the furniture before sealing with Teak & Deck maintenance products as seen at http://teakanddeck.com/teak-refinishing/teak-maintenance/. Pollutants in the air often leave traces on teak furniture and can even damage the structural integrity of the wood over time. More often, pollutants such as salt water vapor, plant algae and chemicals in rainwater blacken or darken teak and leave blotches and streaks in its surface. Further, sunlight has an eroding effect on untreated wood, drying it out and making it grey and splintery.
Fortunately, the experts at Teak & Deck Professionals have the right techniques and products to completely restore teak furniture to its original beauty. Custom teak sealers lock in wood’s moisture and beauty, causing it to look beautiful for years to come. With regular maintenance and reapplication, there is no reason why your teak furniture cannot last for generations.
After sealing, teak furniture needs to be maintained on a regular schedule. Regularly cleaning and re-sealing the wood keeps it looking great. Unfortunately, there are so many factors that go into determining the proper maintenance schedule that it is almost impossible to make one yourself. At Teak & Deck Professionals, we calculate the right amount of time between treatments by observing where the furniture is placed, the amount of sun, rain and wind to which it is exposed and other factors that determine the proper schedule.
Call Teak & Deck Professionals for expert restoration and sealing of your teak patio furniture. We can help you keep your furniture looking great!
Maintaining your wood deck is one of the most important things you can do to preserve your home’s value. Decks add great value to homes; in fact, a recent survey at suggested that decks can cause homeowners to recoup nearly 81 percent of their investment! Therefore, adding a deck makes sense if you are thinking of selling. Decks also add great enjoyment to your family life, providing an outdoor space to eat, play, relax and visit with friends. As shown in a recent article on the value of building decks at, decks enable families to build an “outdoor room” without the high cost of enclosed room additions. However, any deck is only as good as its maintenance, so it is important to maintain your deck to the highest possible standards.
Maintaining Your Deck Starts With Sealers
Deck sealers, as seen at, are the foundation of deck maintenance. Decks are subject to a great deal of weathering as well as other types of wear and tear, and a sealer, as the name implies, seals out much of the impact of these factors. While sealing a deck may seem like a no-brainer, many homeowners never explore their deck sealing options or think that because they put some sealer on once that their decks will be protected forever. Only when the deck is falling apart do some homeowners realize that they have not been exercising proper maintenance.
Teak & Deck Professionals offer not only deck sealing techniques as seen at but also some of the finest deck sealers available on the market. We have spent years studying wooden decks and how to maintain them successfully. We can help you find the right way to preserve and protect your deck investment.
The important thing to remember when sealing a deck is that not all deck sealers are appropriate for all woods. If you have an Ipe or Mangarin deck, for example, you not only have to use specific sealers but you must seal every six months for the first two years, then annually after that. Other woods do not require a bi-yearly sealer; instead, annual treatment is enough.
Let the experts at Teak & Deck Professionals help you take care of your valuable deck investment with proper sealing products and techniques. Give us a call today!
Part three of a series on concrete cleaning explores some final points.
How Often Should You Clean Your Concrete?
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.
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Part two of a series on concrete cleaning focuses on how to clean concrete.
How Do I Clean My Concrete?
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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