Teak Outdoor Garden Furniture

by Spencer Wilkins

When it comes to furniture for outdoors in the garden there are many different materials from which it can be made. However, one material that seems to be proving popular although it is also the most expensive is furniture that is made from teak wood. In this article we take a look at some of the reasons why teak outdoor garden furniture is proving so popular these days.

Reason 1 – Teak has a very high rubber content within it and this makes it naturally resistant to frost, water and heat. Plus not only does it have high levels of rubber in it, it also has large amounts of oil which help to protect the wood from all types of insects. In fact because of this wood’s durability it is able to withstand all types of weather and needs very little regular maintenance.

Reason 2 – Unlike other types of garden furniture the ones made from teak don’t actually need to have any oils or polishes applied to retain its looks. But as the wood can often turn a grey color in the intervening years many people prefer to apply a good quality teak oil to prevent this.

However over extended periods of time the natural oils within the teak wood does become depleted and this may result in the surface becoming rough to the touch. Plus cracks may begin to appear in the wood and which can lead to mildew and fungus growing within it. So although you may not feel that yours needs to be maintained if you want it to last for many years to come you should do so. Below we look at how you should care for your teak outdoor garden furniture.

Reason 3 – This type of wood when it comes into contact with any kinds of metal won’t allow any types of rust or corrosion to build up which can affect the stability of the furniture. So if you want you don’t have to stick with just furniture for your garden you can combine the teak with metal if you so wish. Allowing you to have something a little more unique and stylish in yours if you so wish.

Reason 4 – Caring for your teak outdoor garden furniture is far simpler. All that needs to be done regularly is for it to be washed down using a scrubbing brush and some mild soapy water. However, if the furniture is rather large then one can opt to use a high pressure water sprayer instead.

If however the wood has not been cared for and has become badly weathered and mildew has appeared then it will need to be cleaned before it can be finished. To do this you will need to purchase a specialist cleaning product which will help to remove all dirt, mildew and fungus from the wood. But because these products contain specialist chemicals one needs to make that the area where cleaning is taking place is well ventilated and away from areas where it can cause damage to other things. Plus you need to make sure that you wear a good pair of sturdy gloves also.

After the teak wood has been thoroughly cleaned then it needs time to dry out completely and this may take several days and only after this can a teak sealer be applied. There are various different types of teak sealants available for use on teak outdoor garden furniture some being applied using a foam brush whilst come in a spray application. However, whichever one a person uses they allow the wood to absorb as much of the sealant as it needs and no more. Always two coats should be applied one after the other and following the second coat any excess sealant should be removed using a clean cloth.

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