Many often feel that the maintenance is a tough job. But there are many ways to make this thing easy and fast. All you have to do is just spare some time to find the one which matches your requirements. Coming to the point, I am using this space to share a few important tips to maintain the teak furniture.
Out of all woods used for furniture making, Teak has some outstanding features. It is most commonly used for Outdoor furniture because of its durability. Though it is costly, it deserves the investment. Purchasing it and leaving it aside will be a costly mistake. Though teak wood has resistance to mold and rot, it can get affected by mildew. So follow these simple steps to retain the charm of the teak furniture.
Clean the teak furniture- Mildew leads to discoloration, so the teak furniture should be regularly cleaned. The cleaning solution can be prepared from the home materials or you can directly buy a Teak cleaner solution. For tough stains, use the store-bought solution as it is made for that purpose. Allocate some space to clean the furniture to avoid splashes on the walls.
Prepare a home-based cleaning solution by adding a cup of chlorine bleach and laundry detergent to a gallon of warm water. Chlorine is a good cleansing agent and can remove stains. Mixing vinegar with warm water can make a good cleaning solution.
After preparing the solution, apply it to the furniture using a soft brush and transfer it to the layers of the wood by scrubbing. Allow the cleaning mixture for 15 minutes to settle, then rinse with water. This method proves good for indoor teak furniture and frequently cleaned furniture. It may not remove tough stains. For the teak furniture that has been left outside for a long time, apply a concentrated solution.
Avoid using hard brushes as it can damage the texture.
Oil the teak furniture- the compelling factor is its nature. Generally speaking Oiling the teak furniture has nothing to do with its durability. It is intended to enhance the elegance of the furniture. It can totally transform the appeal. For the outdoor teak furniture, oil should be applied for every three months. For indoor ones, there is no need to paint them frequently as they are less exposed to sunlight and weather.
Before oiling clean the furniture as there may be oil residues which can disturb the oiling process. Apply the oil in even strokes by using a paint brush. To wipe up excess oil, use a cloth dampened with material spirits. Otherwise, it can create stains. Tung oil and Linseed oil are widely used for oiling teak furniture. Many manufacturers are mixing additives in the oil, which can block UV radiation and mildew. The oil should be applied for every three months until the oil gets surfaced on the furniture. The wood should have a matte finish at this point. Start from the bottom of the furniture piece to avoid leaving streak marks.
Above all the furniture piece should be cleaned and dried before applying the oil.
Miscellaneous- For normal stains use a sandpaper. Rub it in the direction of the grain to avoid the texture damage. Furniture covers can lead to moisture trapping and fungus formation, so use them in rare cases. Further, they stipulate the flow of air. While shopping for teak furniture, request a maintenance guide.