In addition to be one of the highest quality materials on the market for patio furniture, teak patio furniture doubles as one of the easiest types to care for! It’s by far one of my favorite materials for patio furniture due to the natural oils present in the wood, which help keep out termites and moisture.
To maintain the beautiful natural color of the wood, your teak patio furniture must be well taken care of, but I promise it’s not hard! I’ve compiled a list of my favorite tips to help you keep your teak looking beautiful for years to come.
Avoid Teak Oil
I know this might sound crazy, but hear me out! The teak oil sold on the market is not actually teak oil at all, even though it’s marketed as such. It’s a mix of linseed oil and other solvents that aren’t any good for your teak patio furniture. I try to avoid using teak oil on my own furniture if I can help it. While it does brighten the color in the short term, it doesn’t do it any good in the long run.
Adding extra oil to your teak furniture isn’t recommended because it depletes the natural oils already present in the wood. This will make the color of your wood fade faster. Adding oil doesn’t increase the structural strength of the wood, either. Therefore, I’d recommend staying away from using oil on your teak patio furniture.
Treat with Teak Sealer Instead
Your teak patio furniture will only need one teak sealer treatment a year to keep it in top condition. However, it provides a ton of benefits just from one yearly application! Teak sealant is designed to lock in the natural oils the wood possesses. This helps keep your teak looking bright and new for a much longer period.
If you decide later that you’re all right with letting your teak fade into the equally as beautiful grey color, you can simply stop using teak sealer treatments. Over time the oils will evaporate from the wood. This causes the gradual change in color.
Clean Up Spills as They Happen
When you’re outside entertaining, if you’re anything like me and my family, there’s bound to be spills and mishaps. If you wipe away any spills as they happen, you lower the chances of staining your teak patio furniture. Always keep a cloth or rag handy when you’re eating and drinking around your patio furniture.
If you spill grease or something that may stain the teak furniture, wipe it off as soon as you notice. A slightly damp washcloth can work wonders for this. If your furniture does end up with a stain, however, try using something to soak up the stain over a period. That should help reduce or eliminate the appearance of the stain.
Basic Cleaning Works Just Fine
Since teak patio furniture is so sturdy, it can last for years without extensive cleaning. However, to keep it in the best possible condition, you should clean it regularly. A simple cleaning can do a world of wonders for the look and feel of your teak patio furniture. Soapy water can be used to clean the dirt and dust from your furniture with no complications.
However, I like to use a teak cleaner on my own teak patio furniture because it’s specifically made to keep teak clean. Most formulas will both brighten the look of the wood and clean it at the same time. That cuts my care time down significantly – especially if I clean my furniture on a sunny day and let the sun dry it for me!
Use a Patio Furniture Cover
Even though teak patio furniture can be left outside all year round, it’s best to use a cover when the weather gets severe to protect your furniture from nature’s worst. A good patio furniture cover that’s high-quality and waterproof can greatly improve the lifespan of your furniture. If you do use a cover, make sure that it doesn’t trap moisture to prevent mildew from occurring.
I especially recommend using a patio furniture cover during the winter months. It helps protect your teak patio furniture, plus it stays relatively clean for use in the spring. I can quickly wipe my furniture down when it’s time for spring cleaning and be good to go for a barbecue in no time.
As you can see, taking care of teak patio furniture is a breeze. It’s one of the strongest and most durable materials you can use for patio furniture and it can last generations when taken care of correctly. There’s also very little upkeep on the cleaning side – once a year you can apply a teak sealant and be good to go! I highly recommend it because not only is it sturdy, it’s also a beautiful wood that can tie together any patio.