Teak Refinishing and Your Teak Part 2: Outdoor Teak Furniture
Teak refinishing is something that you need to have done on your outdoor teak furniture. Both indoor teak furniture and outdoor furniture have different care needs. Indoor teak will be covered in our next article.
Outdoor Teak Furniture
First off, here is some information about the teak that is used in outdoor teak furniture, from Wikipedia. “Teak is a yellowish brown timber with good grain and texture. Teak, though easily worked, can cause severe blunting on edged tools because of the presence of silica in the wood. Teak is often an effective material for the construction of both indoor and outdoor furniture. Teak’s high oil content, high tensile strength and tight grain makes it particularly suitable for outdoor furniture applications. Over time teak can mature to a silvery-grey finish. It is used in the manufacture of outdoor furniture, boat decks, and other articles where weather resistance is desired. It is also used for cutting boards, indoor flooring, countertops and as a veneer for indoor furnishings. Teak is used extensively in India to make doors and window frames, furniture, and columns and beams in old type houses. It is very resistant to termite attacks. Mature teak fetches a very good price. It is grown extensively by forest departments of different states in forest areas…”[READ MORE]
Teak is highly weather resistant, but notice we didn’t say weatherproof. Even if you do teak sealing, you need to take the weather into account. Southern California does have heatwaves, and rain. And these combined with winds can erode teak. Makes sense. If they can erode cliffs over time, how can wood stand up? Well, one way is to refinish your wood.
Teak Cleaning: Outdoor Teak Care
When you’re cleaning your teak furniture, you don’t have to use oil of any kind. Teak oil is only recommended if you are planning on indoor teak furniture. Teak that has been oiled is more prone to discoloring and mildew/mold. When you clean your outdoor teak, use gentle cleansing methods, like water, with a bit of detergent. Covering your furniture when it’s not in use is a good idea, but make sure your cover is a breathable one to keep the humidity out, or it could rot your wood.
Avoid harsh chemicals. Make sure you don’t scrub too hard, or you could damage the surface of the wood. Above all, when in doubt, call in a service to clean your outdoor teak furniture in Orange County.
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