Homeowners, decorators and boat owners choose teak for patio furniture, interior furniture, floors, marine decks and accents because teak is extremely durable. Teak is highly resistant to rot and insect damage. Teak stands up extremely well to harsh marine conditions and changes in weather and temperatures. Teak patio tables and chairs can be an expensive option, but because of teak’s durability is certainly worth the investment. Teak will outlast any other wood option. Boat manufacturers use teak for all types of decks including swim decks along with teak fishing pole holders and storage cabinets. Again, they use teak because it will stand up to ocean or fresh water without disintegrating.

Even though teak is highly durable, stable and long lasting, it will weather. Teak begins as a rich, beautiful honey brown color. Exposure to constant changing weather conditions or exposure to ocean or fresh water will cause the teak to turn from honey brown to a silver gray color. The change in color is normal and part of the teak’s aging process. The sliver gray color does not mean the wood is weak, it will remain strong and sturdy.

In some cases, over time and exposure to constantly changing weather, teak may crack if it isn’t properly cared for and maintained. Cracks and splits, although rare, can be fixed. Many homeowners and boat owners don’t like the silver gray color and much prefer the honey brown – silver gray teak can be restored and the color be brought back to the rich honey brown color.

Generally, teak is finished in two basic ways – oil or varnish. Typically, floors and boat decks are finished with varnish or sealer to protect the surface from stains. Patio furniture and other teak pieces in most cases will have an oil finish.

Cleaning Outdoor Teak Patio Furniture

Lightly spray the teak surface with the water from a garden hose to wash off salt residue and surface dirt. If you are cleaning patio furniture, thoroughly saturate the grass, flowers and shrubs around the area where you are cleaning the furniture to protect the greenery and flowers from the teak cleaner.

Put on eye protection and gloves.

Apply a specialized teak cleaner and restorer to a soft bristled nylon brush.

Scrub the wood surface in a circular motion beginning at an edge and working toward the opposite edge.

Thoroughly rinse the surface and let the teak dry fully.

If any stains remain on the teak, clean those areas a second time with the teak cleaner, rinse thoroughly and allow it to dry.

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Teak Patio Furniture Repair

Inspect the tables and chairs for loose screws or nails. Fit the appropriate screwdriver into the screw head and drive screws back into place. Hammer nails back in place.

Look at all of the joinery on leg, arms and backs. If any of the joinery is loose – tighten it.

Examine all of the wood surfaces for cracks. If you should find any cracks, rub the crack and surround wood with bronze wool to remove any splinters.

 Mix a two part, marine grade epoxy repair putty on a disposable plastic plate or in a small plastic cup. Marine grade epoxy repair putty holds up better to changing weather conditions and will allow the wood to expand and contract without splitting or letting go from the edges of the cracks.

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Scoop up the repair putty on a flexible, plastic putty knife.

Press the epoxy putty deep into the cracks. Apply several thin layers of epoxy putty to buildup the repair so it sits slightly higher than the teak surface.

Let the epoxy repair putty dry for three to four hours.

Wrap a sheet of 220 grit sandpaper around a sanding block.

Sand the surface of the repair putty, following the direction of the surrounding wood grain. Never sand against the grain or perpendicular to it because the wood will become fuzzy. If the surface of the teak table or chairs is rough, sand all of the wood surfaces to smooth them.

Sweep away any sanding dust from the wood surface. Wipe the patio furniture with a tack rag to pick up remaining bits of dust.

Wrap 320 grit sandpaper around the sanding block and sand the teak repair or entire surface a second time.

Clean off all sanding dust and wipe the surface with a tack rag.

Finishing and Protecting the Teak Patio Furniture Surface

Pour teak oil into a small bucket or shallow tray.

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Place a clean soft rag into the teak oil to saturate it.

With rubber gloves on and eye protection on – pick up the rag and wring out the teak oil so the rag remains very wet but no longer dripping.

Fold the rag in half and in half again to create a flat pad.

Place the teak oil soaked rag at the edge of the wood surface and move it over the wood in a straight line. Turn the rag over when the rag stops depositing oil onto the wood surface.

Continue to submerge the rag into the teak oil, gently wring out the rag and apply teak oil until all surfaces of the patio furniture are covered in oil.

Wait five minutes and apply a second coat of teak oil to all surfaces of the patio furniture.

Continue to saturate the rag with teak oil, wring it out slightly, apply the oil to the wood and wait fie minutes until the teak no longer accepts more oil. You will know when the wood is saturated with oil when the wood surface looks shiny, slick and oily.

 Teak Patio Furniture Cleaning, Care and Maintenance Tips

Keep the patio furniture oiled to maintain the rich honey brown color.

Clean the wood surfaces often with a gentle spray from a garden hose.

Perform a deep and thorough cleaning in the spring.

Clean up spills as soon as they happen to prevent staining, although well oiled teak patio furniture won’t absorb stains as readily as untreated wood surfaces – it’s better to be safe than sorry.

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