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.
Teak & Deck Professionals
Orange County, CA 92651