How to Protect Teak Wood Furniture

Teak is a timeless classic and a perennial favorite for furniture because of its natural beauty and durability. But, like any wood furniture, it needs to be cared for properly to maintain its condition and ensure its longevity.

Teak changes subtly as it ages, requiring slightly more nuanced care to keep its luster and shine at its best. Keep reading for tips on how to protect teak wood furniture, what to expect as it ages, and how your choice of woodcare product can help you keep your teak wood furniture looking its best as long as possible.

Caring for Teak Wood

Teak wood is as beautiful as it is enduring, and proper care can maintain your teak pieces in heirloom condition for many years. When caring for teak wood furniture, there are a few essential things to know and steps you should take to ensure its longevity and maintain its beauty.

  • Proper Cleaning: To keep your teak furniture looking its natural best, clean it several times per year with a high-quality natural soap and water solution. Avoid soaps with harsh chemicals, as these can strip the natural oils from the wood and dry it out, making it more susceptible to damage. Make sure all soap residue is removed by thoroughly wiping with a clean, damp cloth, and dry it afterward to remove any excess moisture.

  • Apply a Protective Seal: To ensure the longevity of your teak wood furniture, it's a good idea to apply a protective seal to prevent dirt, debris, and airborne pollutants from collecting on the wood’s surface, where it can be ground in through normal use. Special Hardwood’s Oil Plus Part A Color Samples offer a range of color options to give your furniture a beautiful finish while providing a long-lasting protective coating. With a full selection of designer colors, you can choose something that naturally complements or accents the glow of teak.

  • Maintaining Color: Teak wood naturally patinas from a honey color to a silver-gray over time. If you want to maintain the original color of your teak wood furniture longer, consider a specially-designed soap such as Refresh Eco. This product helps to maintain the original color of the teak wood, and can be used to achieve the look you prefer.

  • Storage: If you ever need to store your teak wood furniture for extended periods of time, make sure to cover it with a mover's blanket and tarp or other protective covering to keep it dry and safe. It's best to choose storage with a temperature and humidity-controlled environment, as this can reduce swelling and shrinking of the wood which can damage it over time.

This is an especially important consideration if you live in an area with extreme weather conditions, such as intense heat or cold, as these can cause condensation that can cause water spots, mold, or even more extensive damage.

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For All Your Wood Care Needs

When it comes to caring for teak wood furniture, proper cleaning, protection, and maintenance are key. Following these tips will help you provide proper care for your teak furniture, preserving its beauty and prolonging its lifespan.

At Special Hardwood, we're pleased to offer a range of products to help you protect and maintain all of your wooden surfaces, from care for hardwood flooring to maintaining fine wooden furniture throughout your home.

Easily find the perfect product to protect and maintain your wooden surfaces, from outdoor decks and furniture to the special care required for wooded kitchen surfaces like butcher blocks and cutting boards. For more tips on how to care for your wooden surfaces with clean, eco-friendly products, check out more of our blog posts here.

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