Teak is the material of choice for outdoor furniture because of its strength and durability. Able to withstand exposure to the elements without rotting or degrading, teak furniture can be kept outdoors without too big of a worry. However, you will want to clean it regularly in order to keep it in top condition, particularly if you wish to retain its original golden-brown color. Over time, teak can evolve into a silverish-gray patina which some people prefer. However, if you don’t, you will need to pay more attention to its maintenance. In this article, we share with you the proper way to clean teak furniture.

What Causes Teak to Change Colors?

Thanks to the high oil and rubber content in teak, water absorption is repelled. Over time, teak will change to a silverish-gray color due to oxidation and loss of oils. Other elements including humidity, dampness, change in lighting and more can affect how soon your teak furniture starts changing color. This can happen in as soon as a few weeks or in drier climates, several months. Teak furniture that is exposed to moisture from time to time will fade slowly, witnessing minor discoloration. In environments with high moisture where teak furniture is frequently exposed to the elements, it will start to weather sooner.

Best Practices for Cleaning Teak

Thankfully, it is pretty easy to clean teak furniture. Keep in mind the following best practices when doing so:

  • You can clean teak with either soap and water or a safe teak cleaning product. Ensure that it is completely dry before applying a thin coat of protector.
  • If you want your teak furniture to develop a gray patina, use a manufacturer’s suggested product or apply a 2:1 mixture of laundry detergent with water and bleach. You will need to rinse the teak furniture with water to remove leftover suds and dirt residue.
  • Occasional wiping and hosing down your teak furniture between cleaning is a good way to minimize dirt and debris.
  • If you prefer a smoother finish, you can sand down rougher areas with a piece of standard cardboard or fine sandpaper. Never send weathered teak or use powered sanding.

It is common for mold and mildew to develop on your teak furniture after some time, particularly if it has been left outdoors. Do not worry as that can easily be cleaned off and is not considered a defect. Engaging professional cleaners to get unsightly spots out without harming your wood is the wisest move.

Work with Teak & Deck Professionals for Teak Maintenance Services

Caring for your teak furniture can almost be said to be an investment in itself. Whether you require cleaning services or teak furniture sealing, Teak & Deck Professionals is here for you. Proper care and maintenance can prolong the lifespan of your teak furniture and keep it looking the way you would like it to. Please feel free to request a quote if you would like an estimate for any of our services.