How to Restore Teak Outdoor Furniture

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How to Restore Teak Outdoor Furniture

Homeowners want their outdoor furniture to hold up under any weather that comes along. Teak wood, whether left unfinished or sealed, stands up to adverse weather due to its hardness, durability, and characteristic ability to lasts for decades. The wood endures harsh sunlight, does not break down like plastic furniture, retains its shape, and does not break. Homeowners often let their teak outdoor furniture turn to a grey patina that needs very little maintenance or they preserve the natural beauty of the wood by applying products to protect it. Consumers can find just the right product to keep teak outdoor furniture looking new and safeguard the natural honey colour of the wood at home improvement stores or on eBay.

Cleaning Teak Outdoor Furniture

For best results when restoring teak furniture, always clean the furniture before applying a sealer, stain, or other product. A simple cleaning solution and a few accessories remove accumulated surface dirt.

Cleaning Accessory

Use

Bucket

Fill with hot water and detergent to clean furniture

Cloth

For drying the teak wood after cleaning

Brush

Use soft bristled brush to apply cleaner

Laundry detergent

Mix with water to clean furniture

Bleach

Use small amounts mixed with water to clean furniture

Some owners prefer using a commercial teak cleaner instead of the homemade solution to brighten the colour of the wood, provide UV and mould protection, and remove dirt that settles into the grain of the wood.

Cleaning Directions

Owners of outdoor furniture can follow a few simple steps to brighten up the the overall appearance of teak wood.

* Put 2 litres of hot water into the bucket.

* Mix in the laundry detergent and bleach.

* Dip the brush into the mixture and gently scrub the wood in the direction of the grain.

* Remove the cleaning solution with a clean cloth dipped into hot water.

* Use a dry cloth to rub down the wood to remove excess water.

* Let the furniture dry thoroughly.

Following these few steps ensures that owners start the restoration process with clean furniture.

Sanding Teak Outdoor Furniture

Owners can perform a light sanding using medium gradesandpaper and a sanding block to remove any grey patina. Use long even strokes when sanding the furniture to reveal the rich wood underneath. Finish by sanding with a fine grade sandpaper to smooth the texture of the wood, and wipe down the surface using a clean cloth to remove any sawdust.

Applying a Teak Sealer

Owners can apply a teak sealer that also keeps the wood from turning lighter and prevents the intrusion of mould and bacteria. Teak sealers repel sunlight and still allow the natural oils of the wood to escape. Darker stains require fewer applications thereby reducing furniture maintenance. Apply the number of coats to achieve the desired colour following the manufacturer's directions for drying times.

Applying Teak Oil

Teak wood contains natural oils that contribute to longevity and resistance to water damage. Some owners prefer to apply teak oil periodically to extend the life of the wood. When applying the oil, make sure to apply one or more coats evenly to avoid bands of streaks, and repeat every one or two months. Adding teak oil does not keep the wood from turning grey but does provide a measure of protection beyond the oily resin already present in the wood.

Routine Maintenance for Teak Outdoor Furniture

Owners can reap the benefits of restoring outdoor furniture by including routine maintenance as part of the overall restoration plan. Regular cleanings, hosing off the furniture, and protecting the furniture from harsh wind keeps the wood from wearing as quickly. Find deals on Backyard Furniture like umbrellas to shade furniture from the scorching sunlight. During the off season, use patio furniture covers or store furniture in a shed to preserve the teak finish. Let the furniture dry completely before storing and secure the covers using ties provided. Keep snow off the covered furniture since drips can find a way inside and cause blotches on the wood.

How to Buy Products to Restore Teak Outdoor Furniture on eBay

Shopping for products to restore teak outdoor furniture is easy. Owners can type keywords into the Search bar on any eBay page such as "teak sealer", "teak oil", and "teak cleaner" for a listing of available sellers from which to choose. Shoppers can also check out deals on Backyard items for more options.

Owners of teak tables, benches, loungers, Adirondack chairs, and other teak outdoor furniture need to restore it periodically. If buyers like an aged look, then washing and sanding is sufficient to maintain the furniture. Other owners seal and oil the wood to enhance its beauty and further preserve the wood.


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