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					Teak Outdoor Furniture Care
Many people love the warm, elegant look of Teak furniture. Untreated, it
will age to a sliver-gray tone with a raised grain. Regardless of whether
you let it age naturally or treat it to maintain that warm soft texture,
you must keep it clean! To do this, you simply need to hand wash it with
a mild soap and warm water. I recommend that you do not pressure wash
Teak, as this may damage the wood. Using steel wool will leave behind
tiny particles that may embed into the furniture and begin to rust. Wire
brushes and other abrasive materials may damage the wood. Therefore, hand
washing with a soft rag or sponge is the best means of washing Teak
outdoor furniture. If you have some stubborn stains, use a very fine
grade sandpaper, sanding with the grain. If your Teak furniture has aged
naturally, sanding will restore the sanded area to the fresh Teak color
and shade, but this will gradually fade into the naturally aged silver
gray.
If you prefer to keep your Teak garden, patio and outdoor furniture
looking like new, there are several options available. However, before
using any of the following methods, you should thoroughly wash the
furniture and let it dry completely.
Wood Sealer - wood sealers block the pores of the wood keeping dirt and
moisture out. To keep the warm colors of Teak, use a sealer with ultra
violet (UV) inhibitors. UV rays are what cause the change in color. If
you use a wood sealer, you should apply it at least annually..
Stain - many different colors of stain are available. Some with and some
without UV inhibitors. To keep the natural warm shades of your Teak
furniture, two coats of a clear stain with UV inhibitors should be
applied annually. However, keep in mind that any "stain" is permanent, so
if you decide to use a stain with color, you are stuck with it..
Oil - Teak or linseed oil is not recommended for Teak outdoor furniture
as the excess oil may cause mildew on the furniture. Also, oil will not
keep the Teak from changing to the silver gray color. It will only slow
down the natural aging process and repel water. However, there are some
instances in which a light coat of Teak Oil may be necessary (i.e. after
sanding naturally aged Teak down to the original warm amber shade or
after the natural oils have depleted).
Paint - painting Teak outdoor furniture is not recommended. All paint
will eventually blister and peel. Paint traps moisture in the wood. If
you wish to change the color of your Teak garden, patio and outdoor
furniture, consider staining it.
Sanding - sanding your Teak outdoor furniture with a very fine grade
sandpaper will return it back to its original shade. Be sure to sand with
the grain and have plenty of sandpaper on hand. Since Teak wood naturally
contains oil, the sandpaper will quickly fill up with wood particles and
you will find yourself sanding harder and longer if you do not grab
another piece of sandpaper. Once the desired results are accomplished,
put a very light coat of Teak oil on the furniture, making sure to wipe
away any excess.

Whether you let your Teak outdoor furniture age naturally or prefer to
keep the warm color and tones it had at the time of purchases, it will be
something you will enjoy with your family and friends for a very long
time.
You can find a selection of Teak furniture at Outdoor and Patio.com.
For more information related to Western Red Cedar and Java Plantation
Teak deck and patio furniture, care tips and information on the
characteristics of these woods and why they are excellent choices for
outdoor furniture, please visit http://www.outdoorandpatio.com

				
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