If you keep it indoors, away from sunlight, in six months to a year, it will
age from a its original yellow-brown-olive color to a darker shade of brown. If
you use your oiled teak patio furniture outdoors, it will age to the same
silver-gray as un-oiled teak, but the process will be much slower. Inspect the
furniture carefully and see if any areas need a little sanding. The sanded area
will be the original color of the wood, but it will age to match the rest of the
Oiled Teak is already a mid brown color and has a soft sheen because of the
oil. Whether indoors or out, you should not have to treat the wood in any way
except to wash off surface dust and dirt. Most of the time, a soft cloth is
enough to wipe off surface dust. First, make sure the wood is clean and free of
surface dust and dirt. Wait until the surface feels dry, then use another clean
cotton cloth to buff. It will be one of two ways, fine sanded or oiled. We will
discuss that more a little later. If so, sand lightly and carefully.
Cleaning surface dirt off of teak, whether oiled or not, is easy. It stood up
to blistering tropic sun, howling gales and frozen artic spray for years. Now,
let the furniture set long enough for the oil to penetrate the wood thoroughly.
Use just enough oil to leave the surface wet, but not enough to run. If that
happens, use some fine sandpaper, always sanding with the grain of the wood. If
you use your teak patio furniture outdoors, in direct sunlight, the original
color will bleach out to a soft silver-gray color. Now, you will want teak oil,
a clean 1 or 2- inch paint brush, some cotton rags and plenty of room to work.
When the surface of the oil gets tacky to the touch, wipe the wood down with a
soft cotton cloth.
To know how to care for your teak patio furniture, you first need to know how
it is finished. We live on a gravel road, so some dust likes to collect on our
teak patio furniture. After all, teak was the preferred wood for the decks of
With only a little care, you teak patio furniture will stay serviceable and
beautiful for many years. In rare cases, you may have gotten a stain in the
wood. If the teak was oiled, apply fresh oil according to the directions above.
It will last just as long and just as well for you with minimal care.
Sorrento Furniture, manufacturer of teak patio furniture known round the
world, has offered some advice on how to care for their fine products. Be sure
to get all surplus oil off. Brush on the oil, working from the top of the
furniture down. Never use steam or high pressure lubricating grease Manufacturers hoses.
You will probably want to wear gloves to keep the teak oil off your hands.
Fine Sanded Teak will show only the natural color and grain of the wood. Kept
indoors, the wood will keep that same color for many years. Five to fifteen
minutes should be enough.
Re-oiling teak patio furniture requires oil, a little time and some elbow
grease. Many people find this color very attractive. Whether indoors or out, you
will want to apply a fresh coat of oil from time to time. How long will depend
in the temperature and the relative humidity where you are working. One coat of
oil is almost always enough, but if you feel a second coat is necessary, wait at
least an hour before you apply it.Now that you have some beautiful teak patio
furniture, how do you make sure it keeps its natural beauty for a long time?
Teak is a very durable wood that wants only a little care. If dust and dirt
get caked on, or if the cats track dirt on it, we use mild soapy water, not too
hot, and a medium to soft- bristled brush to get into the crevices