All furniture requires maintenance. Regardless of the type of wood used in their manufacture, all furniture must be maintained on a regular basis. If this is not done then they may become prone to damages within a few years of their purchase. Whether you use soft wood or hard wood for manufacturing your furniture, maintenance is a must.
Teak is one of the common types of wood used for making furniture. It's mostly used for making outdoor furniture. This is because teak is very durable. Teak is expensive and it's only natural that you would take the best possible care for it. Hence, there are certain things that must be kept in mind for maintaining this furniture made from teak.
Cleaning teak furniture is comparatively easier than other furniture. If your teak wood furniture isn't very dirty, you can simply wash off all the dirt with water, using a garden hose pipe. However, if the furniture is indeed extremely dirty, you would have to use soap, soft sponge and water for cleaning. You must always avoid using a hard brush as this could damage the typical grey color of the furniture.
Teak is naturally oily and thus doesn't require any treatment for outdoor use. Just apply more oil to it regularly so that the furniture can uphold its appearance. Oiling the furniture would help in preventing stains to settle on the grains. Clean and dry the furniture thoroughly ahead of oiling.
Teak furniture occasionally gets stains. When the stain is difficult to wipe off with water and soap, you have to rub sandpaper on it. Use fine-grade sandpaper for this purpose. Make sure that you rub the paper only in the direction of the grains. Apply a coat of teak oil after sanding. Make sure that you dry the wood properly after you've applied the oil.
Many people love using covers for protecting their teak furniture. Covers, however, should not be used. If you're using covers, moisture is likely to get trapped below them. Besides, the furniture won't get enough air for breathing properly. Such conditions are perfect for encouraging molds to start growing on the surface of the furniture.
A regular cleaning is necessary if you want to keep your teak furniture away from gathering molds. Foreign substances like dirt and moisture are favorites for molds. Regular cleaning of your teak furniture is thus necessary. Mix some bleach with water for wiping off moulds. Allow the mixture to soak into the water for at least 20 minutes and then wash off your furniture with water. Let the furniture dry under the sun.
These were some of the common tips to maintain teak furniture. As already said, a periodic application of oils is necessary to keep the furniture in top-notch condition. Make sure that you only use oils that are approved for teak furniture and are prescribed by experts. Application of some spurious oil can permanently damage your furniture. If needed, take recommendations from a seasoned consultant.