Teak furniture is well-known for its remarkable ability to hold up under a variety of outdoor conditions and its natural resistance to moisture, fungus and the drying caused by sun and exposure to wind and rain. Although many prefer to allow teak to obtain the natural grey patina caused by ageing, others would like to maintain the original look and finish. You can restore weathered teak furniture to its natural splendour easily with a bit of sanding and a few handy products.
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Things you need
- Soft-bristled brush or copper puff
- Household gloves
- Soapy water
- Teak oil
- 2 to 4 clean cloths
Use a soft brush or copper puff to remove any minor surface blemishes, and wash wood with warm, soapy water, rinsing well. You may also use a cleaner specifically designed for teak furniture. Do not use pressure washers or high-powered hoses, hard wire brushes or steel wool as this can damage the wood.
Lightly sand any noticeable area scratches. Use fine-grit sandpaper over the entire surface of the teak furniture to even out the tone. Be sure to sand in the direction of the grain. Rinse and allow the wood to dry thoroughly.
Put on rubber gloves, and apply teak oil with a paintbrush, beginning at the top of the furniture and working your way down. Be sure the surface is wet with the oil, but do not slather it on so it puddles or pools.
Wait 10 minutes until the oil becomes tacky, and wipe any excess oil off with a clean, dry cloth. If you are happy with the colour, follow up with a second clean cloth, buffing any remaining oil into the wood.
To achieve a darker colour, apply a second coat one hour after the first, and follow up with two clean cloths to remove the excess. Re-oil your furniture periodically to help maintain the colour. Teak oil helps protect stains from seeping into the furniture.
Tips and warnings
- Small cracks that develop in the grain on your furniture legs or arms are a natural occurrence called "checking." These cracks will appear and disappear dependent upon temperature and will not harm the furniture.
- Never apply any oils other than teak wood oil to the furniture; this can promote mildew.
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