Tips in Restoring the Beauty of Your Teak Outdoor Furniture

Published: 31st March 2011
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One of the wonderful features of owning teak furniture is the minimal maintenance it needs. Not only that, but if you own aged teak wood furniture, you can restore it back to its elegant beauty in simple ways. New teak furniture comes in golden brown color. As it ages, the color will eventually turn silver gray to greenish. Some people like its natural aged color while others prefer to restore it to its earthy brown color. Here are some tips on how to restore the beauty of your teak outdoor furniture .

1. Always start by cleaning your teak outdoor furniture. Through the months and years, dust, grease and grimes would have permeated your wonderful looking furniture. Before you can work on restoring it back to its original beauty, you need to gently wash the surfaces with a mixture of mild detergent and water. With soft bristled brush, scrub away the grayish stain that has developed. If the furniture is only several months old, most likely this is the only process you need to do to restore it back to its original color. If what you have is several decades old, you may need a fine-grit sand paper to remove the thin layer patina with the help of a chemical stripper. Gently sand away the old tarnish but make sure that you do not create cavity on the wood.

2. The next thing you need to do is to restore the teak wood to its original finish with the use of Teak Oil. This may be bought from hardware stores or furniture shops. Apply the teak oil over the well-polished wood and you will be surprised to see its original beauty once more. Although teak oil is effective in restoring the oil of aged old teak, it does not protect your outdoor teak furniture from turning gray once it is exposed to different extreme weather. For this reason, most homeowners make it to a point to regularly apply teak oil all over their furniture regularly.

3. After cleaning and restoring your teak furniture, you will definitely want it to maintain its good looks for as long as possible. The only way you can achieve this is by protecting your teak outdoor furniture against outdoor elements as much as possible. Some people willingly invest in waterproof covers that protect their furniture from rain and the drying and fading effects of the sun. Some people who have wide spaces available to store their outdoor furniture during winter time would move their fixtures to protect it from rain and snow. This furniture cover is very essential if you have no available space and you have no choice but to leave your furniture outside.

Even though outdoor teak furniture is well-known for its durability and beauty, just like any other things, you need to take extra step to keep it at its best. Simple restoring steps that involve cleaning, brushing and stripping away of tarnish that has gathered all these years are worth it. Plus the regular application of teak oil made from linseed or tung oil can maintain its luster and shine despite the age of the teak wood. Even with the continuous exposure to extreme weather condition, you can be sure your teak furniture will remain beautiful.

Ryan Armstrong is a classic and contemporary wood furniture collector, she has several rattan and teak furniture collection. She recommends for all your furniture needs.

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