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How to Care for Teak Garden Furniture

Teak Garden Bench

Our teak furniture is a high quality product that is designed and crafted to last a lifetime. It will be impervious to rain, snow, frost or sunlight and needs no paint or preservatives for general use. Left to age naturally, teak will become a soft silvery grey colour as the pigments in the surface layer of the wood start to fade away.

We recommend that you clean your furniture twice yearly if it is left outside. Use a scrubbing brush and soap (not detergent) to maintain the silver patina, so characteristic of the best English gardens. 

We do not recommend oiling your teak as it is not necessary.

As the surface layer oxidises on exposure to the elements it will become less smooth, but over time it reverts to a smooth surface once again. Small cracks may appear, especially on the end grain. These are perfectly normal and will not affect the strength or durability of the furniture. We also recommend that the brass screws are checked and tightened if necessary twice a year, as loose screws will wear and may break.

If a regular cleaning regime is neglected furniture can become badly weathered (grey-black in colour), or extremely dirty. Please contact us to purchase special cleaning and brightening products to restore your furniture. When re-treating the furniture it is essential that it is first cleaned with a scrubbing brush and warm soapy water. When it is completely dry, lightly sand the furniture paying particular attention to any weathered areas. When it is completely clean and dry the furniture can be treated with our brightening and sealing products.

If you are covering your furniture ensure that the teak has good ventilation and check it regularly. When purchasing covers check they are breathable, or the teak may sweat and develop mould.
 
Teak can develop black spots. These can be caused by teak oil, as well as metal particles from guttering, scaffolding or nearby railway tracks.

Your cushions, too, are important. Most outdoor fabrics are resistant to sunlight and mildew, but should not be left outside for long periods and should always be brought in to dry if they get soaked.

New teak bench         Naturally weathered teak      Teak can be left outdoors in any weather    
 
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