How to Restore the Luster of Your Teak Furniture
Teak makes a perfect outdoor furniture material. No wonder it is one of the most popular choices for patio furniture. Widely known for its rich brown color and waxy composition, teak furniture ages beautifully into silvery gray color. Classy and sturdy, outdoor furniture made of teak can resist damaging elements such as water, insects, and harsh weather.
Teak patio furniture requires only a little maintenance. Once in a while, you can wash it using mild detergent diluted in water. You can leave it as it is without the need for painting because it stays attractive for a long time even if its color changes to gray.
However, it’s possible to restore the rich brown color of your teak furniture if you want it to maintain its original appearance. For that purpose, you need to oil your furniture once in a year. It may not make your patio furniture last longer, but it can effectively slow down the aging process of the teak material, which is usually caused by sun exposure. Oiling your furniture is a great way to make your teak patio look like you’ve just bought it from a home improvement store.
Before you proceed to oiling your teak chairs and tables, you should prepare first the materials and supplies necessary for the job. Make sure you have the following: mild detergent, teak oil, paintbrush (one to two inches), and cotton rags. Be sure that you get teak oil made exclusively for outdoor or patio furniture from marine product dealers.
The next step is to mix warm water and detergent that you will use to wash your teak furniture. Then allow it to dry for 24 to 48 hours. Be sure that every furniture item is completely dry. Mildews can form if you apply oil to moist furniture.
To achieve a smooth surface, sand your teak furniture using fine grain sandpaper. Then wipe away all the dust from your furniture.
Read carefully all the instructions that come with the teak oil you purchased. Use a paintbrush to apply the teak oil and let it dry. Then wipe off the excess oil using a clean cotton rag.
For better results, apply a second coating of teak oil to your outdoor teak furniture. This will enhance the finish of your teak tables and chairs. Before you apply the additional coating, you must sand down each furniture piece.
After oiling your teak furniture, you can instantly see its lustrous effect. This maintenance job requires a bit of hard work, but you’ll be happy with the results. So restore your patio furniture’s old glory by oiling it regularly.