How to clean teak outdoor furniture
Teak is a very popular type of furniture, especially as on the patio in outdoor living spaces. The wood is gorgeous and adds a lot of visual appeal to patio and other areas of the home. Some people do nothing or aren't sure what they need to do to care for this fine wood. However, if left uncleaned, mildew or discoloration can occur. Beyond normal wear and tear, if your furniture will be used around food (likely for outdoor patios), spilled oily foods can stain untreated teak furniture. In this article, we will provide you with the best practices and a step-by-step guide to cleaning teak outdoor furniture.
Clean your teak outdoor furniture regularly
Regular cleaning is the key to keeping your teak furniture looking its best. Try to clean your furniture at least every few months, or more frequently if you live in a humid or dusty environment.
Avoid using harsh chemicals
Harsh chemicals can strip away the natural oils and color of teak wood, causing it to become brittle and prone to cracking.
Use a soft-bristled brush
It's important to use a soft-bristled brush or a soft cloth. Avoid using steel wool or abrasive cleaning pads, as they can scratch the wood and damage its surface
A step-by-step guide to cleaning teak outdoor furniture
1. Clear the furniture
Remove any cushions or covers from your furniture and place them aside.
2. Give It Time
If the furniture is new, let it stay outside to weather for one to two weeks. Don't use a protector on brand new furniture. Applying a protectant on new teak will trap moisture that leads to cloudiness.
3. Clean the Furniture
In a bucket, mix warm water with a mild detergent, or use a natural cleaning solution, such as vinegar or baking soda. If you're using a natural solution, mix one part solution to three parts water. Allow it to completely dry.
Avoid using harsh chemicals or bleach as they can damage the wood.
4. Apply the Protector
Apply a thin coat of protector with a cloth, sponge, or pressure sprayer. Wait an hour and apply a second thin coat.
5. Let It Dry
Once your teak furniture has dried down completely, you can reassemble it and replace any cushions or covers.