Teak requires very little care and no preservatives or treatment of any kind to protect it from the elements. When left outdoors and untreated, natural teak will gradually weather to an elegant silver-grey patina. Teak left in this natural state is easily maintained and only requires periodic cleaning.
Natural imperfections, which are inherent properties of the wood, will show over time, further enhancing the beauty of the wood. In humid or wet climates, or after rains, the wood may naturally expand and contract causing the grain to rise. Small cracks may also develop periodically in the wood, depending on the seasonal variations.
Water spots or other discolouration of the furniture surface may be noticed during the initial weathering process. This again is natural as the surface oils evaporate. These spots will disappear over time. These natural imperfections will not affect strength or the life expectancy of the furniture.
To clean teak furniture, start by rinsing down using fresh clear water. Using a gentle bristled brush and a solution of 2/3 cup of normal soap to 1 gallon of warm water, gently scrub the wet wood in the direction of the grain. This will remove the surface dust and dirt. Rinse the furniture thoroughly with fresh clear water and allow to dry completely.
Once teak wood has weathered, the colour will be enhanced by an annual scrub in the spring using soapy water or a teak cleaner to remove accumulated dirt. We do not recommend using a high-pressure hose as it may result in permanent damage to the furniture.
Treating your furniture with teak oil or other preservatives is not necessary; it is strictly cosmetic, and will not extend the life of your furniture. We do not recommend using teak oil on your outdoor furniture, as it creates unnecessary maintenance and can increase mildew growth and irregular colouring.