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How to Care for Teak Furniture
Teak is extremely weather resistant which makes it the perfect choice for outdoor furniture. If you take small steps to care for your teak furniture, it will last for many years to come.
Teak is a dense, tropical hardwood. Its hardness and durability make it particularly difficult to work with, which historically restricted it to simple shaping. Its colour varies between clear gold and dark brown in its natural state, often with darker markings. The characteristics of Teak have made it particularly suitable as an outdoor furniture material and it has been used as such for hundreds of years.
Heal's buys teak from ecologically managed plantations in Indonesia, which are supported by government approved certification. A strict scientific programme of continuous replanting is maintained, ensuring the species used are both protected and sustainable. All timber supplied to the factory producing Heal's furniture is traceable back to the plantation.
Teak provides simple, extremely weather-resistant furniture that can be left untreated outside with little risk of rotting or splitting.
When left outside for long periods, the wood will turn a silver grey colour. Oil can be applied to retain a more natural appearance. Before the application of oil, make sure that all surfaces are thoroughly clean and dry.
Heal's recommends Rustin's 'Danish Oil', available from most reputable DIY and hardware stores. The oil will darken the wood and should be reapplied every year to maintain a smooth finish. Covering or storing the furniture during the harshest winter months will also be a benefit.
Teak used outdoors may be scrubbed with a mild, soapy solution, rinsed and allowed to dry naturally.