Caring for your Teak Garden Furniture

Caring for your Teak Garden Furniture
by Spencer Wilkins

Teak garden furniture can really enhance the features of your garden and provide a relaxing and comfortable location to pass the time. But because the wood from which this furniture is made comes from Southeast Asia if you want it to last you need to look after it properly.

Teak is a hardwood and this is what makes the furniture so it is very durable. Plus this type of furniture will last quite a considerable amount of time because it is a very dense timber and contains high levels of resinous oil within it. It is this oil which actually not only makes the wood resistant to drying out but also from absorbing too much moisture.

Initially you have to make a choice between whether you want to purchase furniture, which comes in its raw state, or one that has been treated using a teak oil. When you first buy your teak garden furniture, you will find that it has a golden color to it. However, over time and when the elements get to work on it, the wood will turn a silver grey color instead.

Certainly if you are after the silver grey look then once the wood has reached this stage there is very little that you will need to do to make sure that it retains this color. However, if you would prefer your wood to retain the golden color of when it arrived you need to start applying teak oil to its surface.

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Furniture that will be outside in the garden throughout the year should have a coating of teak oil applied to its surface every six months. Yet even before you can actually apply the specialist, teak oil, you will need to clean the furniture first.

The first that you will actually need to do is mix some mild detergent with warm water and then take a clean lint free cloth soak in the water. Then wring it out thoroughly until the cloth is only damp and use this to wipe the surface of the furniture with. This will help to remove any grime or dust that has built up on the furniture. Once the furniture has been wiped down with a damp cloth you need to leave it to dry before you start applying the oil.

When it comes to you applying the oil to your garden furniture, you should only use a clean lint free cloth to do so. But if you prefer you could use a spray gun instead, but using a cloth will help to spread the oil more evenly over the surface of the wood. Then you need to leave the oil until when you touch it, it feels tacky.

When the oil has got to this stage, you now need to take another lint free cloth (clean one) and use this for removing any oil that is left on the surface. Then about an hour after this, you need to take another clean cloth that you use to polish up the surface of your teak garden furniture.

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