It’s that time of year when I wake up, see the sun and leave for work without my jacket. Finally! Only to get outside and realize it’s not quite here yet; back inside for that jacket. But your teak furniture won’t mind the weather. In fact, it probably didn’t even notice the cold winter as it passed. This is what makes teak so prized for outdoor furniture. Very little care is required.
When you get your new teak furniture, it will be a nice golden or caramel colour. This is due to the presence of surface oils that are left on the surface after its cut. The oils also prevent insects from eating it and the wood from rotting; another reason teak is a prized wood. As the oils start to dry out, the teak will take on a beautiful silver/grey patina, but not to worry because they still protect the wood. Little imperfections in the wood may start to appear and your furniture will start to take on its own unique character. Now if you really liked that new caramel colour you can re-oil the wood with teak oil, available at most home improvement stores, but I don’t really recommend it. It may not colour as evenly as you hope, but it also means extra work a couple times a year for you, time that might better be spent lazing around on your teak chairs with a refreshing mojito!
Here are some basic care tips for your teak:
- Give it a quick wash in the spring with warm water, a little detergent and a gentle brush, allow it to dry. This will just clean off any dirt and dust so if it already looks good, you may just want to leave it alone completely.
- Feel free to leave it outside over the winter, even in the snow, as long as there isn’t too much piled on top.
- If you want to store it inside, don’t wrap it up with anything that won’t let it breath, and it is actually best to keep it in a shed or garage. The warm dry heat of your home may cause the wood to crack.
Aside from these quick steps, no maintenance should be required.
This year we have a great teak dining set available. The Sumatra comes in a 3 piece and a larger 5 piece set. Get yours now so when it warms up enough to sit outside, all you’ll need to do is mix the mojitos!